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MBSA Sprinter 23-seater Inkanyezi now converted in South Africa

The popular Inkanyezi - isiZulu for "the Star" - available at dealers as a long-wheelbase 516 CDI, is priced from R945.000 recommended retail including VAT), with after-sales service offered by the Mercedes-Benz nationwide dealer network.

Marinus Venter, head of product and marketing, Mercedes-Benz Vans SA, announced, “To deepen our commitment to the local taxi industry and in support of the South African economy, our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi are now being converted locally at our East London conversion facility. This means that taxi owners will be able to immediately operate and earn income from the purchased vehicle instead of waiting for a conversion.”

The popular Inkanyezi – isiZulu for “the Star” – available at dealers as a long-wheelbase 516 CDI, is priced from R945.000 recommended retail including VAT), with after-sales service offered by the Mercedes-Benz nationwide dealer network.

He emphasised, “The safety of drivers and passengers is paramount. Thanks to the latest safety developments, we have applied best-in-class features, such as the robust seat anchorage system which conforms to the highest standards. Adaptive brake lights are also standard on the Inkanyezi. In an emergency, the normal brake light turns into a flashing brake light, which is proven to be more visible to other motorists than a conventional brake light,” says Venter.

Optional extras to bolster safety include Active Brake Assist, Active Distance Assist Distronic Parking Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Blind Spot Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a reversing camera with display in the interior rear-view mirror, ensures that the Inkanyezi is safe at all speeds and in all conditions. The optional parking package, with 360° camera, makes light work of tight parking spots, such as taxi ranks and other loading and off-loading areas.

The list of added advantages includes conversion parts covered by the manufacturer’s 2-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and a more durable conversion. To make owning and operating an Inkanyezi as seamless as possible, the van’s optional extras, such as parcel shelves, USB ports and tow bar are plug-and-play and can be quickly fitted at dealers nationwide.

The Inkanyezi’s high quality vinyl seats are not only durable and easy to clean, but are comfortable for drivers and passengers. The front cabin features a functional workspace for the driver and offers a relaxed environment for the front passenger too.

The rear-wheel drive Inkanyezi 516 CDI is powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers on its promise of power and economy, a combination that directly impacts profitability in the taxi industry. This trusted vehicle offers 120kW and 330Nm.

Pricing

Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Inkanyezi 516 CDI starts at a recommended R945.000,00 including VAT.

The Inkanyezi’s service intervals are every 20 000 km, and the warranty is a comprehensive 2-year/unlimited kilometre offering.

Source: MotorPress

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