The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme concept is based on the company's production heavy-duty 3500 Cab Chassis.

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The Sprinter Extreme Concept stands over 95 inches tall and stretches more than 20 feet from nose to tail.

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Something tells us that the snow fence would be no match for the Sprinter Extreme's high ground clearance.

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A pair of big chrome smokestacks keep emissions from blowing into the faces of trailing vehicles, and they look good, too.

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Fitted with a Scattolini ScattoMaax "Tipper Bed," this Sprinter can dump 5,200 pounds of payload to the back or to the sides.

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Behind that grille lurks a four-cylinder BlueTec diesel engine. In production trim, the 2.1-liter engine is rated at just 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

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Despite that seemingly modest power train, the 3500 can haul 6,400 pounds of payload, and it has a towing capacity of up to 7,500 pounds.

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The cab-mounted six-element light bar figures to be just the thing for tracking velociraptors at dusk.

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This particular concept rig has been worked on by RENNtech, a longtime Mercedes-Benz tuner best known for ridiculously fast sedans and coupes.

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The Sprinter Extreme adds ground clearance with a lift kit, and room for stouter running gear with fender flares. The concept's special beadlock wheels are said to be inspired by those of the G-Class SUV.

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The Sprinter Extreme's wild look is accomplished through a custom vinyl wrap.

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The Tipper bed is already available to Sprinter buyers through an authorized upfitter.

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Massive dually rear tires help distribute heavy loads and add stability.

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