Short haul sen­sa­tion

Not too heavy, not too light — that’s Merc’s new An­tos

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Septem­ber and go on sale in Europe soon af­ter.

Im­ages re­leased by Mercedes show the An­tos has been de­signed along the same lines as the new Ac­tros.

It fea­tures the same grille that has hor­i­zon­tal panes with a V-shaped bot­tom pane. The grille sits neatly above the V-shaped bumper, which in­cor­po­rates an­gled head­lights.

The re­sult is an ag­gres­sive, mas­cu­line cab-over de­sign that looks more mod­ern and ad­ven­tur­ous than the plain Atego. The An­tos will be sold in 18-tonne to 26-tonne con­fig­u­ra­tions. It will be pow­ered by three new su­per­clean in-line six-cylin­der turbo diesels, a 7.7-litre, a 10.7-litre and 12.8-litre.

Out­puts will run from a mod­est 175kW (238hp) through to an im­pres­sive 375kW (510hp). The new en­gines will meet the yet-to-be-in­tro­duced EuroVI emis­sion stan­dard and use both ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion and se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion, which uses AdBlue ex­haust treat­ment fluid.

The en­gines will only be linked to fully au­to­mated trans­mis­sions, one with eight gears and an­other with 12.

These are two-pedal sys­tems, so the driver never needs to op­er­ate a clutch pedal.

Mercedes says the trans­mis­sion has a creep func­tion in for­ward and re­verse gears to en­able driv­ers to inch into a load­ing bay.

Mercedes is throw­ing all of its safety tech at the new An­tos. This in­cludes a radar-based sys­tem that can de­tect sta­tion­ary ob­jects and will hit the brakes if it de­ter­mines a crash is im­mi­nent. It is more ad­vanced than some pre­mium pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles.

The truck is fit­ted with an­ti­skid discs all round as well as trac­tion con­trol and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Mercedes has two cabs, a short and medium, and some spe­cialised ver­sions of the An­tos in­clud­ing one op­ti­mised for heavy cargo and an­other op­ti­mised for lighter, high vol­ume cargo.

It has been de­signed to be as light as pos­si­ble to max­imise its pay­load.

Mercedes says this ma­chine has a gross ve­hi­cle mass of 40 tonnes. Even so, the weight of the prime mover is just 6400kg, which is quite re­mark­able given the 12.8-litre engine that’s in­stalled be­neath the cab.

The An­tos fea­tures a car-like dash­board that wraps around the driver so that all the con­trols are within reach.

The truck shown by Mercedes has a day cab, the com­pany has not dis­cussed whether sleeper cabs will be avail­able.

Bristling with safety tech: The An­tos is des­tined for Aus­tralia af­ter go­ing on sale in Europe later this year

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