Actros rigid family to debut at truck show

Mercedes-Benz to launch on-highway rigid range in Brisbane

Actros rigid family to debut at truck show
The new Actros rigid is to make its public debut


Mercedes-Benz will launch an all-new on-highway rigid range at this month’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The company will also present its newly introduced prime mover models to the public for the first time at the event.

The new rigid model was part of a comprehensive local testing program that has now included more than 35 customers, 20 trucks and more than 1.8 million km.

All the details of the new rigid stable will be revealed at the show, but Mercedes has confirmed the line-up will include a mix of versatile drive combinations all the way from 4x2 through to 8x4.

Standard engine options include 8-litre and 11-litre units, with up to 350hp (261kW) and 460hp (343kW) respectively, while 13-litre and 16-litre engines are available for individual builds.

The new Euro 6 engines feature technology including the X-Pulse high pressure injection system and simple and robust asymmetric turbocharger technology, which helps deliver more torque at lower engine speeds.

"Several measures have driven down fuel consumption, while also delivering AdBlue consumption reductions," Benz says.

The new rigid range will also feature a host of standard and optional advanced safety systems from stability control and safer cab structure to an Active Brake Assist 4 function for 18-tonne and above models that automatically performs emergency braking for most obstacles and can now initiate partial braking for pedestrians.

The specialist and construction-oriented rigid models are to be released later this year.

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