Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the first outline of the new heavy distribution range, which it will probably show at the IAA in Hanover. This vehicle will replace the current Axor but will avoid the main handicap which this vehicle has suffered from since its launch: a small cab on a ‘massive’ chassis. The Antos will in fact be derived from the new Actros.
100 % Euro 6
On the technical front, the Mercedes Antos will only be available with Euro 6 engines from the very start. These engines, called OM 934 and 936 will develop between 238 and 510 bhp. Their principal innovative characteristic is the variable timing of the valves, applied for the first time to a diesel engine. The Powershift automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard.
Based on a new 230 cm wide cab, Mercedes-Benz will offer two versions: a short and a semi-long cab. Ease of access and interior ergonomics are set to receive particular attention.
The Antos will be available as a tractor and a box-van, with a total of 67 wheel-base variations. Two special versions will also be in the programme: a version lightened to 6 tonnes to give maximum load volume (tank transport comes immediately to mind) and a lowered version which will offer a clear loading height of three metres.
| 09/05/2012 | Claude Yvens