Mercedes-Benz Trucks has revealed the Actros L, its largest and most luxurious production model to date.
The new truck joins the existing Actros family, which launched in 2018, and offers a larger cab with improved comfort and refinement levels.
StreamSpace, BigSpace and GigaSpace variants have a 2.5-metre wide cab with a flat floor, there is also additional insulation to reduce noise levels.
Aiming to enhance driver comfort and convenience are various equipment details, including seat covers, new door trim, a comfortable mattress with 45mm thick topper and a tactile cab rear panel in the bed area.
The seating position has been lowered by 40 mm for more relaxed driving and a comfortable view of the road.
“When developing the Actros L we placed particular focus on driver comfort, safety, connectivity and Total Cost of Ownership to create further benefits in these aspects for our customers and their drivers,” said Andreas von Wallfeld, head of marketing, sales and services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “Thanks to close dialogue with customers there is clear knowledge of what they want from a premium truck for both their company and their drivers. It’s precisely these requirements that we have addressed with the Actros L.”
The heavy-duty truck with conventional diesel powertrain can be ordered Europe-wide from 1 July 2021 and goes into production in November 2021.
Active safety assistance systems available on the Actros L include Lane Keeping Assist, Proximity Control Assist and MirrorCam, which replaces the main and wide-angle mirrors.
Another equipment option for the Actros L is the second-generation Active Drive Assist (ADA 2), which is available for 4x2 and 6x2 tractor units with tag axles, but not – currently – those with mid-lifts. Under certain preconditions the system actively assists the driver with longitudinal and lateral guidance of the truck and can automatically maintain the distance to the vehicle ahead, accelerate and also steer if the necessary system conditions such as sufficient curve radius or clearly visible road markings are met.
ADA 2 includes the Emergency Stop Assist sub-function which is able to initiate an emergency stop if, despite visual and audible warnings, the driver is no longer controlling the steering wheel. If the truck comes to a standstill, the system can automatically engage the new electronic parking brake. In addition, the doors are unlocked so that paramedics and other first responders can directly reach the driver in case of a medical emergency.
The Actros L is also equipped as standard with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5), which features a pedestrian recognition function, and Sideguard Assist, which supports the driver when making left turns and changing lanes in busy environments where visibility may be restricted.