Precisely tuned drive train configurations, spontaneous power development, increased driving stability, improved steering characteristics, and not least, numerous assistance and safety systems all of which make the driver's task noticeably easier and provide a brand new driving feel.
What sets the new Actros apart is its outstanding handling characteristics, because the best possible compromise between comfort, direct contact with the road and excellent driveability and controllability have been found. Many drive, chassis and suspension components have also been re-engineered, while tried and tested features have been significantly improved. Thus for instance the optimised responsiveness of the new, high-torque in-line engines and the perfectly matched gearshift strategy of the standard-fit automated transmission provide a much more eager and comfortable starting performance compared with the predecessor.
The hypoid rear axle has also been further optimised. As a result, the power generated in the engine is now transmitted to the road more efficiently than ever before. For maximum suitability for the application, low consumption and thus greater economic efficiency.
The same is true of driving comfort: everything is perfectly coordinated. From the new steering to the wider, stiffer frame and the new 4-bellow air suspension all the way through to the unique, innovative rear axle location*, which accounts for the improved self-steering response and greater lateral stability, for instance.
The tried and tested electronic brake system and Stability Control Assist ensure a high standard of safety, as standard. And optional safety and assistance systems such as the new Attention Assist, the advanced Active Brake Assist 3 and Distance Control Assist with stop-start function assist the driver in stressful situations. Optionally available bi-xenon headlamps, cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps increase passive safety.
* 4x2 vehicles only; not on the Actros Loader