New Mercedes-Benz Actros Revealed

Next-generation Mercedes-Benz flagship appears at the Brisbane Truck Show.

New Mercedes-Benz Actros Revealed
Next-generation Mercedes-Benz flagship appears at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The wraps have been taken off the all-new Mercedes-Benz Actros at the Brisbane Truck Show.

On display for the first time in Australia is the Actros 2663LS 6x4 long distance linehaul prime mover.

Benz says the truck is part of a test and evaluation fleet which will undergo a local development program that aims to engineer and improve specifications  for Australian conditions. The official release is planned for late 2016.

"Over the course of the next 18 months you can expect to see a fleet of the new generation vehicles operating with test partners in various regions throughout the country," the company says.

"The vehicle has been engineered from the ground up with a focus on whole of life cost, comfort and driving dynamics through all new features and components.

"Take a look inside the aerodynamic streamspace cabin with level floor and you will see the ergonomic layout with 3 defined zones, a significantly increased bunk size and newly developed interior finish."

Replacing  the current V8 is an all-new in line 6 cylinder, 16 litre engine pushing out 625hp (460kW) and an impressive 3000Nm of torque.

The engine is from a Daimler family of four new in line 6 cylinder variants at 8, 11, 13 and 16 litres capacity in both Euro 5 & Euro 6 emission level standards.

Mercedes says the engines will reduce fuel use through a new high pressure injection system called amplified pressure common rail system (APCRS).

"Coupled to the redefined Powershift 3 automated transmission system which achieves gearshift times of up to 20 per cent quicker than the current generation and redeveloped axles, power delivery and control is effortless.

"A fully redesigned steering system and components allows for exceptionally precise steering and control even on undulating surfaces adding to the overall enhancement in driving dynamics."

Other product and safety innovations include stiffer frames; an automated emergency braking system with stop go function; "attention assist" systems which monitor the driver’s alertness through a series of sensors; an integrated tyre pressure monitoring system which displays tyre pressures directly to the multifunction dash display; and cabins and mounting with crash absorbing elements to protect both occupants in front end collisions. 

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