In addition, the system is also part of the standard specification for the 3.0 t Sprinter Panel van, short wheelbase models and super-high roof variants.
It has not yet been a year since the standard Crosswind Assist celebrated its premiere in the large-van segment with the launch of new Sprinter. The focus was initially on the most common variants, but now the innovative safety system is also part of the standard equipment for many additional variants.
The same applies to the all-wheel-drive Sprinter with 3.5 t as a Panel van and Traveliner, as well as with Chassis Cab models too. Chassis Cab variants usually offer a much smaller ‘attack’ surface for side wind gusts, while large box bodies present a significantly larger surface. Because of this, the systems have been retested specifically for each variant.
Crosswind Assist also takes into account parameters such as vehicle speed, vehicle load and steering characteristics, and is one of five new safety systems with which the Sprinter advanced into a completely new dimension of safety technology in the van segment.
Its sensors detect forces acting on the vehicle through side wind gusts – be it on a bridge or when overtaking a truck, and are activated from a speed of 50 mph. Through a brake actuation via ESP® at the wheels of the vehicle side facing the wind, a yaw motion develops and counteracts the side wind interference. The track offset is therefore significantly reduced.