Dual-control Mercedes-Benz Econic hits Australian shores

Two months after promising to bring out a new Econic range, Mercedes-Benz has launched them

Dual-control Mercedes-Benz Econic hits Australian shores
The launch of the Mercedes-Benz Econic.


Mercedes-Benz has officially launched the new dual-control Econic model range to Australia at a recent Melbourne event, two months after announcing their arrival.

Mercedes-Benz says it developed the new Econic models with two steering wheels and controls in response to local side-loading demands.

"The launch of the dual control Econic represents a win all round for operators, drivers and the public," Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales manager Andrew Assimo says.

"The Euro VI engine is efficient and produces low emissions, but it is quiet in operation too."

Alongside the new 7.7-litre, 299hp engine, the Econic includes electronic stability program, electronic braking system, anti-lock braking system, low-entry cab design, and air suspension is fitted across all axles.

"High levels of safety are a big plus for everyone, especially the driver who also benefits from great ergonomics," Assimo says.

"There is also the superior vision of this truck, which is of utmost importance given the mixture of pedestrians, cyclists and cars in the urban environments most Econics will operate."

The new cab is European ECE-R29 crash test regulation compliant, features panoramic windows, and suspended drivers seats on both sides.

Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus director Michael May says the company has been "developing this targeted product for the local waste industry for three years."

"The reaction was extremely positive with customers thrilled to finally see a factory-delivered solution that ticks so many of the boxes when it comes to safety, environment, driver welfare and low operating costs," he says.

Optional extras include adaptive cruise control, active brake assist, and lane keeping assist.



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