to-weight ratio that is more than ample.
It’s well harnessed by the 7G-Tronic,
which without exception shifts smoothly.
Mellor has not revealed the Ultra’s UVW, but
it does feel slightly heavier than Sprinter
van conversions. As a result, a good prod of
the accelerator is sometimes required. But
when the throttle is open fully, the minibus
Noise levels are low and the small
steering wheel gives a car-like driving
experience. The new Sprinter shares much
with Mercedes-Benz cars; it has a keyless
ignition and paddles behind the steering
wheel to force up- and down-shifts.
All Stratas are limited to 62mph. While it
was not possible to extend the Ultra to that,
past experience with Sprinters has shown
that it will be easily capable of high-speed
Conversely, it is equally at home in the
urban environment. The Ultra is no baby,
but it is highly manoeuvrable. In particular,
departing Mellor’s premises proved its
ability. It easily managed a tight turn
without coming close to the kerb.
Success in store?
Mellor has launched a number of new
vehicles over the recent past, but arguably
the Strata Ultra is the most significant
of them all.
At 30 passengers in a roomy and welldesigned
saloon, while still delivering
promised fuel efficiency that is beyond any
other diesel bus in its size category, it has the
potential to significantly alter the economics
of some services.
Mellor is confident in the Strata. Its threeyear
body warranty complements coverage
of the same duration provided by Mercedes-
Benz on the chassis, and the vehicle comes
with a 10-year design life.
The new Sprinter is a pleasure to drive and
the Strata can deliver almost anything that a
larger bus can from a passenger’s perspective.
In particular, items such as highspecification
seats, audio-visual next-stop
announcements, charging points and woodeffect
flooring put it well into the premium
Retail price of the Strata Ultra will start
from below £110,000. Couple that to low fuel
consumption, a strong warranty, excellent
parts availability and a fine passenger
environment, and Mellor looks like it’s on to
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Ultra and Plus models
have 10cm extra
length in wheelbase,
remainder at rear