Believe it or not, there is a market for utes that aren’t those style-focused 4x4s with double-cab bodies and modest trays. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab-chassis, for example, could be seen as the antithesis of that more popular school of ute thought.

It’s more of a small truck than a ute, with workers at the plant in Germany clearly building the front third of a Sprinter van before knocking off work early, leaving an exposed rear end.

This allows customers to fit either short, mid-length or long trays, depending on whether you choose the mid wheelbase (MWB) or long wheelbase (LWB). There’s a choice of front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and four engines to choose from.

Our test vehicle is the Sprinter MWB 516 model, which is one of more than 1700 different versions of the Sprinter you can buy. So - as if you haven’t picked up on the fact already - there’s a configuration available for pretty much all commercial vehicle customers.