Commercial Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Actros L debuts as the largest truck in the series


Mercedes-Benz Trucks has revealed the Actros L — billed as the largest and most equipped production model in the Actros series. Pre-orders Europe-wide begin on 1 July 2021 and goes into production in November 2021.

Visually, the Actros L looks pretty similar to the Actros that debuted in 2018 with the MirrorCam. The new truck too gets this feature which replaces the traditional mirrors with cameras to reduce drag. LED headlights come standard. Buyers can load the truck with a bunch of optional technologies, such as a newer version of the Sideguard Assist S1X (Active Sideguard Assist) which not only warns the driver of moving pedestrians or cyclists on the co-driver’s side, but also initiates automated braking manoeuvre if the driver fails to respond in time.


Second generation Active Drive Assist (ADA 2) is also available, which is sort of like an Adaptive Cruise Control. Depending on the market where an emergency braking assistant is required by the law, the Actros L is also equipped with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5) with pedestrian recognition function as standard.

The driver’s cab is available in StreamSpace, BigSpace and GigaSpace variants. Mercedes claims to have made improvements in terms of cabin noise and heat insulation, and also the seating position has been lowered by 40 mm for a more relaxed driving and a comfortable view of the road ahead.

As for the efficiency, the new truck features an intelligent cruise and transmission control system called Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), which according to the company, takes into account the variables such as topography, the course of a road and traffic signs, in order to avoid unnecessary braking, accelerating and gear shifting. The Actros L is claimed to consume up to 3% less diesel on expressways and motorways than trucks not equipped with the system, while on rural roads it can drink as much as 5% less.

Mercedes didn’t share any powertrain details, but the truck is most likely powered by a 15.6-litre 6-cylinder OM 473 diesel engine that develops up to 460 kW (625 metric hp) and 3,000 Nm (2,213 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a 12-speed Powershift automatic transmission.

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