Mercedes Atego is the perfect truck for distribution work in town. It comes with low fuel consumption, outstanding reliability and superb agility. Customers can order a total of five different cabs for the Atego, and each of these comes with a choice of three different cockpits.
The Atego comes with a choice of 4 and 6-cylinder in-line engines with outputs between 150 and 279 hp. It comes with a choice of three different 6-speed gearboxes or a new 9-speed direct-drive gearbox (with eight forwards gears and one crawler gear). The latter’s hydraulic/pneumatic gearshift ensures easy gear changes. Precise low-speed manoeuvrings is also possible thanks to the low crawler and reverse gear ratios. And servicing is easier, since the gearshift hydraulic oil is maintenance-free for the entire truck service life.
There are four cabs, covering a wide range of applications. The two S Day-Cabs are ideal for town – compact on the outside and spacious on the inside. The two L Sleeper-Cabs have space for comfortable beds – for overnight stops.
Press release after the jump.
The Atego has been designed as a generalist in the weight categories from 7.5 to 16.0 tonnes gross vehicle weight; the range – in which construction variants of the Atego series also appear – is correspondingly large and ideal for use in the construction industry and ancillary trades.
The Atego is available ex factory as a three-way tipper, an all-wheel drive dump truck, a skip loader or as a dump truck with a crane. And to ensure that there is nothing to be desired over and above this range, there is a frame concept with good body-mounting ability: it has straight side members and bores in a 50-millimetre matrix. The Atego is generally available with different frame thicknesses depending on the severity of the conditions it will encounter in the application for which it is destined.
At the front of the vehicle, in the area of the cab, the frame has been drawn downwards, allowing the cab to be positioned very low down, which makes it easy for the driver to get in and out. Mercedes-Benz can supply an entrance with a movable bottom step as an option on the all-wheel-drive variants. The step gives on contact with rocks and boulders, for instance, in off-road terrain, without sustaining any damage.
Choice of five cab variants
The customer can order a total of five different cabs for the Atego, and each of these comes with a choice of three different cockpits: The spectrum ranges from the short S-cab and the extended variant with a 180-millimetre rear panel extension to the long cab with or without a high roof. And, of enormous importance for the construction industry: the fifth variant is a crewcab which can seat five people.
The Atego is powered by four- and six-cylinder engines from the 900 model series. The performance spectrum of the four-cylinder units (with displacements of 4.2 and 4.8 litres respectively) ranges from 95 to 160 kW. The six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.4 litres covers the range from 175 to 210 kW.
As part of the standard specification these engines are combined with six-and nine-speed manual transmissions from Mercedes-Benz, and there are also two ZF manual transmissions available for special applications. On the G 131-9 nine-speed transmission Mercedes-Benz offers hydraulic operation and pneumatic shift force assistance, reducing effort on the driver’s part to a minimum.
Automated transmission for the medium-duty class
Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer in the field of automated transmissions for medium-duty trucks when it developed the optionally available Telligent automatic gearshift for the Atego up to 175 kW: this automated six-speed transmission, based on the Telligent automatic transmission in the Actros and launched in 2003, was the first of its kind and remains as popular as ever.
For special applications with the Atego there is also the option of an electronically controlled fully automatic system from Allison: there is a choice of five or six gears, a hydrodynamic torque converter or a torque converter lock-up clutch.
Engine start/stop system for low consumption
The Atego’s fuel-saving start/stop system is celebrating its tenth birthday and has never before been met with more enthusiasm by customers. It cuts fuel consumption by an average of up to three percent. The way this automatic system functions is very simple: it switches the engine off whenever the truck has been at a standstill for at least three seconds, the transmission is in neutral and the clutch is not disengaged. If the driver then steps on the clutch, the engine is immediately and automatically turned on again. The installation rate for the engine start/stop systems stands at 46 percent.
The Atego Blue Tec Hybrid vehicle for a GVW of 11.99 tonnes has been undergoing customer trials for a while now and has recently become available for ordering (production from 2010). The parallel hybrid combines the compact 160 kW four-cylinder OM 924 LA with a 44-kW electric engine that takes care of moving off and supports the diesel engine above all at low and mid engine speeds. The potential for saving fuel in practice amounts to 10 to 15 percent.
The Atego is now available as a particularly eco-friendly EEV version in five output settings (from 130 kW upwards) – the standard is met through the implementation of in-engine measures and without an additional particulate filter.
Improved additional corrosion inhibitor
A further new feature for the Atego – and also available for the Actros and Axor model series – is an improved corrosion inhibitor for the frame, for instance during salt-intensive applications such as winter maintenance. Instead of applying tectyl, which stains easily, Mercedes-Benz now uses a transparent corrosion inhibitor (Carlofon 81), which makes it easier to check the metal surfaces and is generally more aesthetically pleasing.