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The new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production which immediately pay off. The vehicle increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level: fuel consumption has fallen noticeably while safety and vehicle availability have been increased further.
The opportunities provided by digitisation have been leveraged in order to achieve that. This applies in particular to the new Multimedia Cockpit, the completely updated interface between the driver and vehicle. The driver benefits from a seamlessly connected workspace with digital services and assistance systems, which can be used intuitively and support the drivers to operate even more effectively. The digital aspects also benefit fleet managers and scheduling teams. Thanks to the new Actros’ comprehensive connectivity they are able to monitor their trucks in real-time without interruption and delays. All necessary maintenance and logistics processes, for example, can be perfectly organised and immediate response is possible in urgent cases.
As a result the new Actros NGT comes with a gas engine plus a standard-fit torque converter automatic transmission. It features the state-of-the-art, six-cylinder, charged M 936 G in-line engine, which has an output of 222 kW (302 hp).
The Actros NGT is available as a rigid vehicle with two or three axles and is an attractive alternative when it comes to heavy-duty distribution haulage with daily routes of up to 250 kilometres. Its highly stable tanks made of steel and composite material carry 4 x 145 litres of gas, which can be supplemented by a further 4 x 100 litres of gas as an option.
The new Actros has been considerably improved with regard to safety and comfort and underlines its pioneering position in that respect. The most important and spectacular new feature is the new Active Drive Assist. Unlike systems which only work within a certain speed range, Active Drive Assist gives the driver access to semi-automated driving at all speeds for the first time in a series production truck. New features include active lateral control and the combination of longitudinal and lateral control at all speed ranges by combining radar and camera information.
Active Drive Assist builds on the proven Proximity Control Assist system with stop-and-go function, as well as on the Lane Keeping Assist. Active Drive Assist brakes the truck if it gets too close to a vehicle driving in front and accelerates again until a set speed is reached. It also actively keeps the vehicle in lane. If the vehicle is leaving its lane unintentionally, Active Drive Assist intervenes and independently steers the vehicle back into its lane. The distance from the vehicle in front and the vehicle’s position in its lane can be adjusted in multiple stages using the driving assistance menu.
When steering independently in lane, Active Drive Assist uses the also new Servotwin steering system which is electrohydraulically assisted. In situations where the vehicle is not being driven semi-automated, Servotwin supplements the steering torque applied by the driver with additional steering torque and thereby improves the driving comfort. Among other scenarios, this helps considerably when manoeuvring in tight spaces.
All assistance systems on the new Actros work hand in hand and assist each other. For example, Active Drive Assist always takes the parameters of the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system into consideration to ensure an efficient driving style. Beyond that, when detecting traffic in front Active Drive Assist uses the same enhanced radar and camera technology as new Active Brake Assist 5.
Major advances in reducing consumption on rural routes have been attained predominantly by enhancing the functionality of the intelligent cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control. In addition to using a satellite-based location system, the new Predictive Powertrain Control uses accurate digital maps and data about topography, bends, the geometric properties of junctions and roundabouts, as well as traffic signs. The system optimises the driving style to take uphill and downhill gradients into account, as well as winding rural routes where the use of a cruise control system was previously not ideal.