2012 Mercedes Benz Antos

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Mercedes is planning to extend its trucks lineup with the addition of a new model. The fresh truck bears the name Antos and was specifically engineered for heavy duty short radius distribution applications.

The new vehicle has borrowed many technologies and design lines from the Actros which is its bigger brother, but it features a character of its own and a unique cab configuration that was designed specifically for short delivery purposes.

The Mercedes Antos will be offered with a choice of medium- and short-size cabs and will be available with a range of 13 engines that will meet the latest Euro VI emission requirements.

For the moment, Mercedes revealed only a few details about its new Antos, but the truck will make its global debut in Frankfurt at the Commercial Vehicle IAA in September, so stay posted for more information.

Design

Mercedes Benz Antos

Thanks to the introduction of the new Antos, Mercedes becomes the first manufacturer to have a truck series that has been specially designed for the short-radius distribution transport industry.

While Mercedes released only a few sketches of the Antos, it isn’t hard to guess that it will be an instant eye catcher.

The truck features a cab over engine configuration and a modern design which has a lot of common elements with the new Actros. The front will be dominated by a massive grille that underlines the dynamic character of the truck, thanks to its tasty V shape pattern. The grille bears the three pointed star logo in its center and will be flanked by two dynamic air deflectors, designed to improve the vehicle’s stability at high speeds and to keep the wind noise to a low level.

The main headlights are placed low into the bumper and feature a distinctive shape that makes them stand out from the crowd. Talking about the bumper it features a modern design language with aggressive air intakes and an aerodynamic style.

The lateral mirrors were also designed to keep the drag coefficient to as low as possible, while the raked panoramic windscreen will further improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

The new Mercedes Antos will be available as either platform trucks or tractor units in a total of 67 different wheelbase lengths, with the axle spacing ranging from a minimum of 2650 mm up to a maximum of 6700 mm.

Interior

Mercedes Benz Antos

The 2.30-metre-wide cabs of the Antos, were designed specifically for the short-radius distribution transport market and are available in either short ’S’ or medium-size ’M’ versions. Mercedes never plays when it comes to driver’s comfort, so we can expect to a spacious and comfortable cab with a good overall ergonomy. The plastics should also be among the best in the segment, as the company never disappointed us in this department either. Not to mention about the build quality, which will definitely be part of the first class.

As most trucks in Mercedes ’s lineup, the dashboard will feature a wraparound design to offer easy access to the numerous buttons and switches. Judging by the only interior photo released by the company, the dash will be also filled with a bunch of useful cup holders, cubby holes and storage places designed to make your life on board easier.

The seats should also be fairly comfortable and will definitely come with a wide range of adjustments. The driving position will be also enhanced by Mercedes’s multifunctional ergonomic steering wheel which should be offered with both tilt and telescopic adjustments.

Engines and technology

Mercedes Benz Antos

The Mercedes Antos will be equipped with a range of Euro VI engines with “Blue Efficiency Power”. The engines will be offered in 13 different outputs and will develop between 238 hp - 510 hp. All engines will be mated on the company’s PowerShift automated transmission which already proved its value in the other trucks built by Mercedes.

Among the usual ABS, and airbags the safety department will also include features like the Active Brake Assist, which reacts automatically to stationary obstacles.


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