Mercedes probably put a bottom-of-the-barrel radio in those Sprinters to satisfy the fleet truck buyers, which outnumber the RV Sprinter buyers by far. A FedEx truck doesn’t need a CD player, Sirius radio or even a touchscreen. If a fancier radio was at option at any point, RV folks got whatever the RV company decided, and we all know that they always make the right choice.
What I found interesting in the new Sprinter was the size and shape of the new radio and screen. It’s longer and wider than the usual 7” screen and sits at an angle above the rest of the dash. At least for the time being, this means that aftermarket radios from companies like Pioneer, Alpine, Jensen, JVC and even the dreaded Kenwood may not fit. If you want a fancy radio, you may be stuck with the one from Mercedes.
[Top left: A recent Sprinter dashboard with an aftermarket 7" radio. Bottom and right: The new Sprinter radio.]