Hap Seng Trucks Distribution yesterday took the wraps off the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz Actros Prime Mover.
Priced between RM360,000 and RM480,000 for the truck alone, the locally assembled Actros 5 will be offered in 10 variants in our market, comprising 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 configurations and three cab layouts – the M-Cab, L-Cab ClassicSpace, and L-Cab StreamSpace.
Power comes courtesy of a Euro 3 compatible 2.8-litre 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which makes between 360 PS and 476 PS depending on variant, and distributing all the power is a new Powershift 3 transmission. Peak torque figures stand between 1,800 Nm and 2,300 Nm.
Also worth mentioning here is that the new Actros is also the winner of the “International Truck of the Year 2020” award, which was earned thanks to features like the Active Drive Assist, the enhanced cruise control and transmission intervention system, Predictive Powertrain Control, the fully digital Human Machine Interface in the form of the Multimedia Cockpit, and the state-of-the-art safety systems.
There’s another new key feature that has helped the new Actros to take a further step forward in terms of safety – Active Brake Assist 5, which since the beginning of 2020 has been part of the standard specification for the Actros.
This latest version of the tried and tested emergency braking assistant works with a combination of radar and camera systems. Amongst other things, the reaction to moving individuals in the speed range up to 50 kilometres per hour has been improved.
The new Actros also sets a benchmark with its Sideguard Assist system: in 2016, the vehicle became the first truck to feature a cornering assistance system that was fully integrated into the vehicle architecture. The warning system minimises the likelihood of dangerous accidents occurring on the co-driver’s side of the vehicle during a nearside turn.
During the course of development of the new Actros, Sideguard Assist was linked to the mirror camera system. The system now works hand in hand with the MirrorCam: if Sideguard Assist is installed, the MirrorCam display shows the warning messages of that system in critical driving situations.
Drivers will also benefit from the connectivity solutions in the new Actros such as the new Multimedia Cockpit. The first fully digitalised cockpit in a series-produced truck brings unknown operating possibilities and improved operating convenience.
The Multimedia Cockpit has two large displays, where the primary display replaces the conventional instrument cluster.
A second touchscreen on the instrument panel serves to operate selected apps from the Mercedes-Benz Truck App Portal along with virtual switches, as well as for the representation of the new navigation system. That being said, the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz Actros, which has a service interval of one year/55,000 km, is offered with a three-year/450,000 km warranty.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has sent another fully-electric eActros onto the streets.
The heavy-duty truck will now be put through its paces in regular operations; primarily transporting foodstuffs in the inner-city traffic of Frankfurt, Germany.
With a daily travel route distance of around 200 km, the 25-tonne truck will be driven once a day, making full use of its range of around 200 km with a single charge. The batteries will be charged overnight.
The energy powering the eActros comes from lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 240 kWh. Depending on the available capacity, fully charging takes around two hours (at 150 kW). The truck features a refrigerated swap-body from Schmitz Cargobull, which allows for energy-efficient transport of the chilled produce.
Rigterink, one of 20 customers from various sectors who have integrated the electric truck into their fleets, will operate a near-series version of either the 18 or 25-tonne variant for around a year and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability in daily operations.
The aim is to make emission-free and quiet driving in urban areas possible with heavy-duty trucks from 2021 onward. The test series is broken down into two phases, each with ten customers. The first eActros of the so-called “innovation fleet” is in operation with a customer since September 2018.
The development and testing of the heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as part of the “Concept ELV²” project to varying degrees by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The new Actros sets the standard today in long-distance haulage. The flagship from Mercedes-Benz Trucks convinces in particular with its inner values: many of the innovations were developed with the declared goal of tangibly advancing drivers, customers and society. With new features like the Multimedia Cockpit, the MirrorCam replacing outside mirrors, more sophisticated safety systems and partially automated driving, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros thus provides the right answer to issues such as safety, fuel efficiency and availability.
Partially automated driving in all speed ranges: the new Active Drive Assist
A milestone in truck development and manufacturing is the new Active Drive Assist. The system orients itself according to the markings on the road by means of a camera, and under certain conditions takes over the longitudinal and lateral guidance of the truck. Active Drive Assist can automatically steer, brake and accelerate the vehicle under certain circumstances. For the first time in a mass-produced truck, the system thus allows partially automated driving in all speed ranges – a first big step on the way to autonomous driving. However, Active Drive Assist is still an assistance system and does not relieve drivers of their permanent responsibility for what the vehicle does in traffic.
First mass-produced truck with MirrorCam instead of exterior mirrors
The new Actros has replaced the main mirror and wide-angle mirrors with the MirrorCam as a standard feature. The MirrorCam brings an enormous improvement in safety, vehicle handling and aerodynamics. The system comprises of two cameras directing to the rear of the truck and its images appear on two displays in the cab. The MirrorCam is mounted on the A-pillars and supports the driver with special distance lines for better estimating following traffic and in manoeuvring, cornering or changing lanes, for example. Another big advantage: the absence of conventional mirrors considerably improves all-around visibility.
Better protection for pedestrians and cyclists: optimised Sideguard Assist utilises the displays of the MirrorCam
Sideguard Assist has been available since 2016 and is currently the only system of its kind fully integrated in the vehicle architecture. Sideguard Assist can minimise the probability of dangerous accidents on the co-driver side during cornering or when changing lanes to the right. The warning system has now been further improved: the MirrorCam and Sideguard Assist work hand in hand in the new Actros – all relevant information is consolidated at one place on the MirrorCam displays.
Active Brake Assist 5: the new generation of the emergency braking assist system
The more sophisticated system can now better react to people, thanks to the combination of radar and camera system. The proven abilities of the predecessor remain: regardless of whether a stationary or preceding vehicle or person is in question – Active Brake Assist 5 supports the driver in case a collision may threaten. If needed, with automatic maximum full-stop braking as well. Important to note: Active Brake Assist 5 is merely a driver assistance system; the driver continues to have full responsibility for driving the vehicle safely. This responsibility also means that the driver must always have full control of the vehicle in traffic, amongst other things.
New Predictive Powertrain Control: save fuel automatically – now also off the motorway in intercity service
The fuel consumption of the new Actros has been further reduced compared with its predecessor. Essentially contributing to this reduction is the expanded cruise control and transmission control system, Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC). New, among other things, is that PPC can now also be used in intercity service. Fuel economy in the new Actros is also supported by aerodynamic improvements with the MirrorCam and new side deflectors. In addition, some models also include new fuel-saving rear axle ratios.
Connectivity and intuitive operation thanks to the new Multimedia Cockpit
The new Multimedia Cockpit provides the driver with completely new control options and improved operating comfort. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto – never a problem. The Multimedia Cockpit has two large displays. The primary display replaces the conventional instrument cluster. All of the assistance systems and the new traffic sign detection function are shown here, for example. A second touchscreen in the instrument panel serves the operation of selected apps from the Mercedes-Benz Truck App Portal, virtual switches and for the representation of the new navigation system. Valuable for the company owner: real-time monitoring of the truck via Fleetboard and Mercedes-Benz Uptime thanks to the Truck Data Centre.