Actros is cast in the leading role
The Mercedes-Benz upgrades are winners, writesGRAHAMSMITH
MORE than 50 upgrades and improvements lifted the thirdgeneration Mercedes-Benz Actros above the pack to become Truck of the Year at last month’s Hanover Truck Show.
The Actros has been a technological leader in the truck world since its introduction, but this latest generation raised the bar bar even further.
For the first time the Actros has automated transmission as standard.
The Mercedes PowerShift 2 is standard across the new Actros range. It’s a redeveloped version that now features a built-in incline sensor and a more optimised shift strategy.
A refined sensor system gives smoother, faster shifting and an anti-judder control eliminates any shaking when pulling away. The reduction in pitching and rolling of the cab significantly improves comfort for the driver and reduces stress on the driveline.
Power comes from a range of Euro4/5 engines running BlueTec emission-fighting SCR technology.
Mercedes-Benz is offering a choice of six 12.0-litre V6 engines ranging from 235kW to 350kW, and three 16.0-litre V8s from 375kW to 440kW.
Its engineers have gone to great detail to find and refine ways of making their trucks more efficient. The electronic air-processing unit increases supply pressure in the brake circuits and generating pressure during braking. Priority is given to running the air compressor in over-run mode only, particularly when driving downhill.
A new coolant pump control, to be introduced next year, runs the pump slower at part-throttle to cut power consumption.
On its own the new coolant pump control cuts fuel use 0.7 per cent, but when combined with the E-APU refinement, the savings are 1 per cent.
Along with the revisions that make the new Actros more efficient for operators trying to cut running costs are comfort and safety improvements that make it even more refined and much safer.
Optional rain and light sensors are a world first for trucks. A level control is another first that lets the driver find a flat sleeping position no matter the position of the truck.
There’s also a shaving mirror, optional folding table, towel rail, coat hooks and a compressed-air connection so an air gun can be used to clean the cab.
Active Brake Assist is an option. Based on the Benz proximity control, it triggers full brake application when it senses acute risk of a collision.
In Germany the adoption of the safety systems is being encouraged by insurance companies, which will discount premiums up to 10 per cent for operators who take them up.
Easy does it: interior innovations make the Actros driver’s life less stressful. the Mercedes-Benz Actros is Germany’s top truck.