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Mercedes-Benz introduces Edition Sprinter in Europe

The Edition Sprinter celebrates the van\'s 20th anniversary.

Mercedes-Benz's commercial vehicles division is celebrating the Sprinter's 20th anniversary with a limited-edition model called Edition Sprinter.

The Edition Sprinter is exclusively available as a panel van and as a crew bus, and both body styles can only be ordered in brilliant silver metallic. The van boasts body-colored bumpers - a first in the nameplate's history-, a chromed radiator grille, blacked-out tail lamps and black 16-inch alloy wheels. "Edition Sprinter" emblems and decals add a finishing touch to the look, while buyers after a more premium-looking van can order 17-inch alloys at an extra cost.

The interior updates are minor at best. The cockpit gains "Edition Sprinter" floor mats, while the crewbus ups the ante with a leather-upholstered four-spoke steering wheel and dark-tinted windows out back.

The Edition Sprinter can be ordered with any engine currently offered on the Sprinter. Whether buyers can choose the optional four-wheel drive system is an open question.

Limited to just 2,000 examples, the Mercedes-Benz Edition Sprinter will go on sale in 19 European countries including Sweden, Spain, Germany, Hungary and France in a couple of weeks. The limited-edition model carries a premium of €2,300 (roughly $2,500), which Mercedes says represents a 50-percent saving over a comparably-equipped regular-production Sprinter.

At the time of writing Mercedes is not planning on offering the limited-edition van in the United States.

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