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