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Jan 21, 2016
- Great operating efficiency
- Driving stability and comfort
- Crewcab for the team
The Mercedes-Benz Atego is systematically continuing its successful career as the European market leader in the light and medium-duty truck segment. Thanks to numerous new features in the powertrain, chassis and cab, it is further consolidating the leading position it already holds in the distribution segment from 6.5 to 16 t permissible gross vehicle weight.
A total of seven Euro VI engine variants, which can be combined with a broad range of manual transmissions automated for all power categories, allow precise adaptation to job-specific requirements.
In its light variants the Atego offers a choice of four power categories with the newly designed 5.1-litre OM 934 four-cylinder engines. These ultra-modern four-valve engines optimally cover the output range from 115 kW (156 hp) to 170 kW (231 hp). The higher output range for the Mercedes-Benz Atego is covered by the six-cylinder common-rail OM 936 engine offering a power output from 175 kW (238 hp) to 220 kW (299 hp) and a displacement of 7.7 l in three power categories. Both engines offer superior power and torque compared with their predecessors.
The Euro VI engines deliver particularly high torque right from the low rev range, and are very responsive. At the same time they run on significantly less fuel despite the more than 90 percent reduction in particulate and NOx emissions compared to Euro V. The engines comply with the Euro VI emission standard by virtue of cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a compact exhaust box into which an SCR system and a closed particulate filter have been integrated in a space-saving configuration.
The drive power from the new engines is transferred via the automated Mercedes PowerShift 3 transmissions with six or eight gears, which feature as standard in Germany. Automated gearshifting is carried out conveniently via a pitman arm fitted to the steering wheel. The automated transmissions offer a choice of four different transmission modes according to the type of deployment for the vehicle: "Economy", "Power", "Off-Road" and "Fire Service". Three different driving modes are available for use. Manual transmissions with power-assisted gearshifting and six or nine gears are optionally available for the new Atego.
Driving stability and comfort
Extensive development work on the chassis, steering and suspension has realised the ambitious aim of leading the light-duty truck category in terms of handling characteristics, too. In unladen state or at the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight, the suspension offers the ultimate in driving dynamics, safety and comfort. The Atego's compact dimensions and high agility mean that it is also able to negotiate narrow alleyways and backyards without any problem.
The Euro VI Atego models with permanent or manually selectable all-wheel drive are ideal for operations requiring high levels of traction in public service and off-road scenarios.
42 different model variants are available in all, covering a broad range of wheelbases, three cab lengths and all-wheel-drive versions. The cabs were developed specifically to meet the requirements of light-duty distribution operations, and bear any comparison with those in the heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks in terms of design, quality, and appointments.
A modern interior awaits the driver inside the cab. The cockpit design matches up to the Actros, Antos and Arocs in terms of design, ergonomics and functionality. The user-friendliness is exemplified by the central instrument with a large clear graphics display and the new 4.1-inch display, as well as a dynamic on-board computer with integral departure check. The Atego offers a high level of driving comfort as it is equipped with a multifunction steering wheel as standard and redesigned seats with integrated head restraints and armrests.
Crewcab for the team
At the IFAT 2016 show, Daimler is also presenting an Atego with a crewcab and platform to show that this bodybuilder-friendly, manoeuvrable vehicle is also ideally suitable for municipal services.
The four-door crewcab, which features a completely redesigned entry with fold-out steps to the crew section, can accommodate four individual seats with adjustable backrests in the crew section. These all feature three-point seat belts anchored to the rear wall. The seat surfaces are foldable, allowing stowage space beneath the seats.
The exhaust system and fuel tank are installed under the crewcab to save space, and to avoid restricting the implement mounting space behind it. The steel crewcab for the Atego is 3228 mm long including the extended rear wall, and adds a weight of approx. 400 kg.