Press Kit: 2006 Dodge Sprinter, What's New for '06

2006 Dodge Sprinter Extends Its Leadership As North America’s Top-Performing Commercial Van

  • Class leader- in fuel economy, versatility and performance
  • Excels among its competition and offers the most best-in-class advantages when comparing full-size vans
  • Best-in-class cargo capacity (473 cu. ft.)
  • Highest maximum payload (4,824 lbs.)
  • Lowest side step-in height (17 inches)
  • Lowest load floor height (17 inches)
  • Best-in-class turning diameter (36.7 inches)
  • Best-in-class interior compartment accessibility
  • Widest rear door opening (270 degrees)
  • Only available driver-side sliding door in its class
  • New 2006 offerings include rear back-up system, headlamp washing system, and sliding window cargo partition
Auburn Hills, Mich. August 31, 2005 -

As the overall top performing commercial van, the 2006 Dodge Sprinter continues to lead its segment in performance, versatility and safety. Whether it be in cargo van, passenger van or chassis cab form, the 2006 Dodge Sprinter offers tremendous versatility and value, including the segment’s best fuel performance of 25 miles per gallon (mpg).

“The Dodge Sprinter continues to offer exceptional value, versatility and cost-of-ownership benefits for our commercial customers,” said Darryl Jackson, Vice President — Dodge Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Not only is the 2006 Dodge Sprinter the best commercial van on the marketplace, it’s the foundation for Dodge’s growing commercial portfolio.”

For 2006, Dodge Sprinter offers several new features designed to enhance safety and performance, including a ParkSense™ rear backup system, a high-pressure headlamp washing system, a full partition with sliding window, wiring for hands-free communications and a driver seat power outlet.

Unrivaled Versatility And Market-Leading Fuel Efficiency Complement Premium Performance
Boasting a unibody construction design that reduces curb weight and maximizes payload capacity, the 2006 Dodge Sprinter is the most versatile commercial van on the market. It is available in three wheelbases — 118, 140 and 158 inches — and two roof heights (64 and 73 inches), allowing for considerable interior stand-up height. Its distinctive adaptability is ideal for a host of trades, vocations, businesses and on-the-go service providers including parcel delivery, utility operators, shuttle services, commercial landscaping, ambulance and emergency services, mobile workshop, automobility, catering and RV use.

Powered by a premium 2.7-liter, five-cylinder Common-Rail Direct Injection (CDI) Turbo Diesel engine covered by a 5-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, the 2006 Dodge Sprinter continues to be among the most efficient light- and medium-duty vehicles in its class. With market-leading fuel performance of 25 mpg, Dodge Sprinter has a driving range of up to 660 miles on a single tank of fuel that is five to nine gallons smaller than the competition. A five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick® technology gives the driver more options for engaging the gear that best suits the driving situation. The ergonomically designed Dodge Sprinter cab provides 360-degree viewing for both the driver and passenger.

Standard features on the 2006 Dodge Sprinter include power-assisted rack and pinion steering, full-size driver and front passenger air bags, headrests and three-point seat belts with pretensioners. Air conditioning with automatic temperature control and filtration, adjustable seats, driver and passenger armrests, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist System (BAS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Acceleration Skid Control (ASR) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) on Sprinter 2500 models. Three adjustable headlight settings are also standard.

The 2006 Dodge Sprinter’s fuel-efficient turbo diesel engine, nearly vertical cargo walls, two roof heights, and three wheelbases, coupled with a long list of best-in-class claims, make the 2006 Dodge Sprinter the most versatile commercial van on the market.

Spacious, Comfortable and Built to Stay on the Road
The Dodge Sprinter cargo van has optional seating for up to five people that can store a variety of equipment, such as a workbench, tools and storage cabinets. Dodge Sprinter passenger vans comfortably seat up to 10 people with ample rear cargo room (up to 112 cu. ft.) for luggage. Both feature unrivaled headroom (up to 58 inches) and impressive legroom (up to 38 inches).

Compared with other full-size competitors, oil changes are only required every 10,000 miles and maintenance intervals every 20,000 miles. An available option, the ASSYST maintenance monitoring system provides extended maintenance benefits allowing for even longer oil change intervals — up to 20,000 miles.

The following options are available on all 2006 Dodge Sprinter models: rear backup alarm, 115-, 150- or 200-amp alternators, auxiliary battery, 4:11 axle ratio, auxiliary belt drive, daytime running lamps, front fascia with chrome trim, fog lamps, front and/or rear insulation, two additional keys, parabolic right and left exterior mirrors, CD player radio, speed control, manual-tilting sun roof (standard roof only) and heated front windshield with rain sensor.

The color palette for the 2006 Dodge Sprinter includes 18 separate finishes, more color choices than any other full-size van. For 2006, available colors include Amber Red Metallic, Arctic White, Black Blue, Black Gray, Brilliant Blue, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Calcite Yellow, Carbon Black Metallic, Flame Red, Graphite Metallic, Hyacinth Blue, Jasper Blue Metallic, Jet Black, Orchid Green, Piedmont Red, Silver Gray, Steel Blue and Stone Gray.

Production of the 2006 Dodge Sprinter takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, with final assembly (cargo vans and chassis cabs) in Gaffney, S.C.

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