Actros ready to move SA
THE F1 race car that Lewis Hamilton hurls around with such success and the new Actros truck tractor that MercedesBenz launched on Tuesday have something in common — thousands of hours in a wind tunnel.
As result, even the tipper version of the new lorry sports fins and deflectors that would not be out of place in the next Transformers movie.
This is not, however, a big-boned American actor truck. According to Merc, the nimble Actros is built to deliver reliable, efficient and above all safe driving.
Unlike its predecessor, of which over 25 000 of both the Actros and the outgoing Axor have been sold in South Africa since it was introduced to the market in 1998, the new Actros will exclusively be available as a truck-tractor, in both air and steel suspension.
Eight new air-suspended models will initially be available. Four 4x2 air-suspended truck-tractors and four 6x4 air suspended truck-tractors, and further steel- and air-suspended truck-tractors are to be launched during the second part of the year.
The proven but ageing tech of the Axor will be replaced in September by the new Arocs, which is aimed at the rough and tumble rigid distribution, construction, off-road and specialised application markets.
Euro 3, OM460 engine
Although based on proven technology, the new in-line six-cylinder layout has been optimised and boasts higher torque at lower engine speeds, a broader torque range and optimised auxiliary consumers such as the optimised viscous fan clutch resulting in an impressive overall fuel consumption saving.
The new OM460 engine is available in four engine output ratings from 265 kW (360hp) up to 330 kW (450hp) and torque ranging from 1 800 Nm to 2 200 Nm.
Euro V OM471 engine
For fleets that have uninterrupted supply of clean diesel, The OM471 Euro V engine features the latest engine technology and is the most efficient engine in the new range.
The high efficiency of the new 12,8-litre in-line six-cylinder engine is achieved by the unique common-rail X-Pulse injection system which has the ability to boost the pressure from 1 160 bar in the common rail system to an injection pressure of up to 2 700 bar in the individual injectors.
This enables an extremely fine spray pattern leading to an optimised combustion cycle. The exhaust gases are treated with SCR technology with AdBlue injection to ensure they meet the Euro V emission standards that reduce NOx and particulate matter by up to 90%.
The new OM471 engine is available in two engine output ratings of 310kW (420 hp) up to 330 kW (450hp) and peak torque from 2 100 Nm to 2 200 Nm.
The all-new Actros models are fitted with Mercedes’ Powershift 3 fully automated 12-speed transmissions as standard for fast, correct and precise gear changes.
The economy drive programme, standard on all on highway truck-tractors, ensures a particularly economical driving style.
The new Actros Pure offers exceptional economy at an exceptional price. It is equipped with the same driveline as the standard model but has a reduced scope of standard equipment to address the customer requirement of having a more basic truck yet still an efficient and safe truck.
To this end, a driver airbag and a seat belt monitor are standard safety features on the Pure.
The Pure is equipped with steel rein- forced rims, Jost 38-C 2” heavy duty fifth wheel and cyclone pre-filter. The Pure features the comfortable L-cab StreamSpace 2.3m cabin.
‘Fuel’ the economy
The new Actros Fuel specification models address the needs of the hazardous goods operator. In addition to being fully ADR and SANS1518 compliant, they feature additional safety features far in excess of the legal requirements.
The Actros Fuel features the most comprehensive list of standard safety equipment on offer.
In addition to standard safety features already on board the new Actros, the models are further enhanced with Active Brake Assist 4, Proximity Control Assist, Roll Control Assist and a red driver’s seatbelt. Lane Keeping Assist, driver airbag and Stability Control Assist remain standard.
The outstanding feature of Active Brake Assist 4 is that it warns the driver of imminent collisions with pedestrians and automatically initiates partial braking. It is the first system of its type worldwide to perform such functions.
FleetBoard and Eco Support
FleetBoard Eco Support provides effective driver support in real time by displaying tips on a consumption-reducing driving style in the instrument cluster during the journey.
Merc’s telemetric systems, FleetBoard and Fleetboard Eco Support, are standard on all new Actros models.
The new Actros comes standard with a 1 year/unlimited kilometre complete vehicle warranty and a five-year or 650 000km standard warranty on the drivetrain. At the launch, fleet operators and Maretha Gerber were already structuring deals that ensure buy-back and low interest, which bodes well for the ongoing sale success of the Actros range.
Maretha Gerber behind the wheel of the newly launched Mercedes-Benz Actros, which will soon be joined by the Arocs (right), which replaces the rugged Axor.