Production of passenger-carrying Sprinters is moving to
the new model in a staged way. Daimler Buses has given
a taster of what its line-up will look like in due course
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Transfer models, such
as the Transfer 35, are
versatile minicoaches that
suit a variety of uses
New Sprinter gaining
Development of minicoaches and minibuses
built on the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz
Sprinter base vehicle continues apace, with
some of the first such examples having been
displayed at Euro Bus Expo.
But there is still lots to come, with some
manufacturers continuing their development
of new models into right-hand drive format
and others awaiting the release of extra-long
As a dealership that is wholly-owned by
Daimler Buses, EvoBus (UK) has much vested
in the new Sprinter.
Daimler recently gave an opportunity to
get an idea of what its own Sprinter-based
range will deliver; it displayed both Mobility
and Transfer examples, while information was
shared about the ground-breaking City 75
EvoBus (UK) plans to bring the City 75 to
the UK in the medium term. Through inclusion
of a new 5,000kg rear axle, the model’s GVW
has been uprated to 6,800kg; the axle is a
development that is exclusive to Daimler
Buses and it says that it will not be made
available to third parties.
That GVW allows a theoretical capacity of
38 passengers, although in UK form it is likely
that seating will be prioritised over standees.
An emergency exit may also be required; as
shown so far in left-hand drive format, the
City 75 has two doors.
Roll-out of the Mobility and Transfer ranges
in left-hand drive commenced in 2018,
and Daimler says that the remainder of its
extensive Sprinter minicoach and minibus
range will follow this year, including the
higher-specification Travel minicoach. Release
dates of all are aligned with availability of the
The Transfer is described as being a
versatile all-rounder. It is available in lengths
from 5.9m to 7.7m and it comes with room
for between 12 and 22 passengers; the
largest version has a rear extension, a coachstyle
rear and a 5,500kg GVW.
Daimler Buses has thus far focused on the
Transfer 35 at the start of the changeover to
the new Sprinter. As displayed in Mannheim
recently, the 7.0m minicoach is based on an
original high-roof Sprinter van and it can
accommodate up to 19 passengers.
The more compact Transfer 23 is 5.9m
long and it has a GVW of 3,500kg. It will, says
Daimler, will be available solely in right-hand
drive and it will carry a maximum of 13
The accessible Sprinter Mobility range will
be made up of two models: The Mobility 23
and the Mobility 45. The Mobility 23 has the
same dimensions as the Transfer 23 and it can
carry eight seated passengers or a maximum
of four wheelchair users.
The longer Mobility 45 will have a GVW
of 5,000kg and it will accommodate up to 19
seated passengers or eight wheelchair users.
In both models, seating is tracked, and a
lightweight wheelchair lift is fitted at the rear
with a capacity of 350kg.
Into the City
Daimler Buses was unable to make the
City 75 available to drive as promised, but