Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has unveiled the Actros 1, a model it claims elevates driver appeal to a new level.
Just 100 Actros1 tractor units are being built and will go on sale in March, loaded with technology, comfort features and visual enhancements.
Mercedes-Benz said the newcomer had been designed specifically for owner-drivers. It claimed the Actros1 name reflected the fact that it is destined to become the ‘number one’ vehicle in fleets run by family-owned, long-distance hauliers that choose highly specified trucks. It also expects it to be snapped up by larger operators seeking a flagship vehicle.
Based on the 6×2 chassis with range-topping GigaSpace cab, Actros1 comes in either black or silver/black colour schemes. The manufacturer expects most customers to choose the 2563LS variant with 625hp from a15.6-litre, six-cylinder engine.However, the 2553LS model with second-generation 12.8-litre 530 hp engine is an option too.
As well as a Safety Pack that includes Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist systems, and a driver’s airbag, the Actros 1 comes with a high-performance engine brake and tyre pressure monitor. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency is enhanced by Predictive Powertrain Control system and Daimler Fleetboard telematics hardware.
The vehicle also comes with Uptime maintenance technology. Thanks to an array of sensors that monitor the condition of the vehicle constantly, the customer’s allocated Dealer knows precisely what is required before the truck reaches the workshop and can order parts in advance while allocating sufficient time during a single visit to complete all tasks.
Inside, the Style Line interior design is complemented by a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Comfort leather massage seats for driver and co-driver, an uprated multimedia entertainment system and a Premium Comfort mattress. Practical features such as automatic climate control, an electric sunroof and sunblind, a microwave and pull-out refrigerator, and rear overhead lockers also contribute to the ‘feel good factor’ for drivers.
Externally, the specification includes painted side guards and catwalks, Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels (wider than standard at the front) with painted hubs, and roof-mounted air horns. Bi-xenon headlamps, LED tail lights and an illuminated grille-mounted star complete the striking look.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks marketing communications manager Ben Grayson said: “Actros1 brings together the very best Mercedes-Benz has to offer in terms of performance, comfort, safety, economy and maximised use, in a stunningly designed package which will make it the envy of every other driver on the road.”