FOLLOWING ON from the successful introduction of its new generation prime mover range, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the second phase of its complete model makeover with the launch of a dedicated rigid line-up.
The newcomers will go on sale within the next few months and, predictably, come in 4x2, 6x2, 6x4 and eight-wheeler configurations for both distribution and specialist vocational work.
There’s a mix of cab sizes in slimline and sleeper layout while power comes from either a lively 7.7-litre in-line six rated at 299 or 354hp (223 or 264kW), or an 11-litre six available at 394, 428 or 455hp (294, 319 or 339kW). All models stir through MercedesBenz’s PowerShift automated transmission, an 8-speed in 4x2 and 6x2 models, and 12-speed in 6x4 and 8x4 versions.
The third and final phase of the new Benz breed will come towards the end of this year with the introduction of purposedesigned construction and all-wheel drive rigids.