Chicago LIVE: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme concept

Mercedes is taking its Sprinter to the extreme.

Mercedes-Benz is having a little fun at the Chicago auto show with the introduction of its Sprinter Extreme concept truck. Mercedes' Sprinter Extreme was co-developed with tuning firm RENNtech.

The Extreme concept started out life as a standard-issue Sprinter 3500 Cab Chassis. The cab was treated to a new roof rack equipped with six forward-facing spotlights. Additional lights were added to the side of the rack. A brush guard and winch were also fitted to the Sprinter's front end.

Next, the Sprinter Extreme was given a suspension lift and six off-road tires with beadlock wheels inspired by the Mercedes G Wagon. A set of custom fender flares were fabricated to accommodate the Sprinter's additional suspension travel. To finish off the look, the Sprinter Extreme was given exhaust stacks and a unique vinyl wrap.

The rear end of the Sprinter Extreme features a Scattolini ScattoMaax "Tipper Bed” capable of dumping 5,200 pounds of payload to the side or the rear.

The Sprinter's standard 2.1L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine hasn't been modified for the Extreme treatment, but even in stock form the truck is capable of towing 7,500 pounds and carrying up to 6,200 pounds of payload.

Although Mercedes has no plans to put the Sprinter Extreme into regular production, the company notes that the rig could be recreated through its MasterUpfitter program.

"The Sprinter Cab Chassis is the most capable heavy-duty vehicle in its segment,” said Bernie Glaser, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the USA. "The Sprinter Extreme concept has super-strength, unlimited hard-working capability and an aggressive design. Unlike most concepts, the foundation for the Sprinter Extreme can be ordered at a Mercedes or Freightliner dealership today with the help of our MasterUpfitter program.”

Live images by Brian Williams.

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