By now we all know that “branding” could be the buzzword of the millennium, or at least the last decade. Building brands is everywhere from social media, to podcasts and forums. But to build a brand takes more than just a good idea and a big mouth. As anyone has seen on reality shows like Shark Tank or even The Bachelor for the matter, building something successful takes a solid foundation, or else it is just a lot of noise. When it comes to a brand like contracting, or plumbing, HVAC, or even a mobile pet grooming service, being able to show up when you say you’re going to is of the utmost importance, and that means needing reliable transportation to get there, which brings us to the 2022 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van 1500.

Starting at just $38,300, the will allow you to have a good base from which to start from and enough money left over to keep your marketing budget out of the red. Speaking of red, that is one of the eleven colors you can get your Sprinter Cargo Van in. With a wheelbase of 144 inches, overall length of 233.5 inches, height of 96.3 inches and width of 92.3 inches (counting mirrors), the CV 1500 is nimble enough to navigate through even the most exhausting of city streets with relative ease.

Fuel economy also won’t be a big problem in those crazy streets thanks to a very efficient powertrain. The 2.0-liter direct-injected, gas powered DOHC inline-4 cylinder engine makes a respectable 188-horsepower at 5,000 rpm as well as a solid 258 pound-feet of torque at just 2,500 rpm. That power is then routed through a very resourceful 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission on its way to the rear wheels (or optional all-wheel drive).

No matter what your business is, MB has made the Sprinter Cargo Van 1500 ready to be upfit in almost countless ways to tailor itself to your unique specifications. In terms of hauling capability, since that’s what these vans are made for in the first place, the CV 1500 has a max payload capacity of 3,953 pounds and a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The available GVWR checks in at an impressive 8,550 pounds while max available GCWR clocks in at 13,550 pounds. Not to shabby for a truck that itself weighs in at 4,597 pounds.

Inside the Sprinter Cargo Van won’t be confused for an SL65 any time soon, but the MBUX multimedia systems that comes with either a 7- or optional 10-inch touchscreen allows you to feel just as in control as you would in those slightly more posh Benz models. The interior itself is Spartan at best, but whether it is you, or your crew driving around, the less distractions the better. This is a purpose built vehicle, and its purpose is to make your business thrive, not to go cruising down the strip. Three seats are available, and all three people will feel more than safe thanks to all the safety features available on the 1500.

Active brake assist and emergency call are both standard, while things like Blind Spot Assist, Attention Assist, Active Distance Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, and Active Lane-Keeping Assist are all optional. Other options that aren’t quite so software based are the Wet Wiper System, LED performance headlights and a 360-camera all work in unison to keep you and your cargo safe and sound for the duration of the work day.

In terms of work vans, sure there are bigger and more optioned out choices out there. But with a starting price under forty grand, plus the confidence of having Mercedes Benz-
level craftsmanship at your fingertips, you would be hard pressed to find a better bang for the buck than the Sprinter Cargo Van 1500, because there is nothing like a legendary brand to use as a solid foundation for your soon-to-be legendary brand.

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