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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.

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