Mercedes-Benz Trucks has unveiled the brand’s new flagship – the 2019 Actros, ahead of its public debut at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover.
The new generation Actros comes loaded with technology. To begin with, the conventional large exterior mirrors have been replaced with MirrorCam as standard. The images captured are displayed on the two 15-inch displays with a resolution of 720 x 1920 pixels, mounted on the A-pillars inside the cab.
Besides lots of adjustability options, the MirrorCam features a special manoeuvring view while reversing. The upper part of the display shows the area close to the vehicle and the lower part of the display shows the area away from the vehicle with a certain degree of overlap between the two. If Sideguard Assist is installed which monitors the co-driver’s side, the MirrorCam displays warnings in critical driving conditions. The MirrorCam also contributes to fuel efficiency.
Which brings us to the topic then. Mercedes says that the new Actros consumes up to 5% less fuel, thanks to the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system. The system works with different technologies on board. In addition to using a satellite-based location system, the Predictive Powertrain Control uses accurate digital maps and data about topography, bends, geometric properties of junctions and roundabouts, as well as traffic signs to optimise driving style. The primary goal is to avoid unnecessary braking, acceleration or gear changes, and move the truck as fuel-efficiently as possible.
The truck is powered by a 12.8-litre OM 471 engine that also powers the new Setra bus. This engine is paired to a Powershift 3 automatic transmission. There is also an option of 302 hp 7.7-litre M 936 G in-line 6-cylinder engine which runs on natural gas, and is paired to a torque converter automatic transmission. According to Mercedes, the Actros NGT is almost CO2-neutral when using bio-natural gas, plus low noise emissions and no particulate emissions of any kind.
Active Drive Assist
This technology gives the driver access to semi-automated driving at all speeds. It can support the driver in straight roads, slight curves, heavy traffic and stop-and-go traffic on the motorway. The technology also keeps the truck in lane.
Also present is the Active Brake Assist 5 with further improved pedestrian detection, new Traffic Sign Assist, new electronic parking brake, new Stability Control Assist also for trailers, new headlamp system with characteristic light signature and Highbeam Assist.
As you can see in the pictures here, the truck gets many technologies from Mercedes-Benz cars as well.