Daimler AG has selected Dana Inc to supply front and rear propshafts to the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck and latest generation Sprinter van. Dana was awarded the propshaft business for the Sprinter's all-wheel-drive offerings in North America and Europe, as well as rear-wheel-drive offerings in North America and Argentina. Dana customised its lightweight, cost-effective Spicer propshaft to address these vehicles' unique packaging constraints, while ensuring it met the high durability; reliability; and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) requirements of the luxury vehicle segment.
Bob Pyle, President of Dana Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies, stated, “Dana delivers innovative driveline solutions that meet the individual needs of our customers – helping them launch new vehicles and improve upon global best-sellers. We are honored to work with Mercedes-Benz on the new X-Class pickup truck and Sprinter van, which have been recognised in the industry for connectivity, safety, and design.”
To accommodate the three different wheelbase configurations of the Sprinter, Dana engineered both two- and three-piece rear propshaft assemblies. In the three-piece assembly for the longer wheelbase model, Dana designed a new direct pinion mount, which makes assembly and service easier and reduces weight.