Tough: At bauma 2022, Mercedes-Benz Trucks presents selected diesel-powered vehicles for sustainable and safe construction transport

Tough: At bauma 2022, Mercedes-Benz Trucks presents selected diesel-powered vehicles for sustainable and safe construction transport

Oct 24, 2022
  • The Actros L Edition 3 offers the highest level of comfort and pure emotion, even when used on roadside construction sites
  • The third generation of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle engine
    OM 471 stands for even more driving dynamics together with fuel savings
  • Powershift Advanced will be available from April 2023 for all commercial vehicle engines from Mercedes-Benz Trucks
  • Hydraulic auxiliary drive and turbo retarder clutch make work much easier in construction transport
  • The second generation of MirrorCam is equipped with camera arms that are ten centimeters shorter, as well as new image parameters
  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks has developed a new front axle with a 10-ton axle load for the Arocs
  • New main headlights in full LED version are available for Arocs and Actros
  • Service contracts and digital solutions contribute to increased vehicle availability
  • We present the Unimog as a reliable powerhouse with a wide range of attachment and body options
  • Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The integrated vehicle concepts and solutions from Mercedes-Benz Trucks for construction transport are outstanding in terms of robustness, reliability and efficiency – whether ex works or configured by one of our many partners and body manufacturers.”

Stuttgart/Munich – When it comes to selecting the right trucks for the tough day-to-day work of construction transport it’s all about robustness, reliability and efficiency, but also driving comfort and ease of body mounting. In fact, logistics on the construction site with uneven terrain, narrow access roads, little space for maneuvering and the transport of heavy equipment and materials all place high demands on the commercial vehicles used. Mercedes-Benz Trucks offers an ample portfolio for almost every segment, and the company's attendance in Munich at this year’s bauma – the world’s leading trade fair for the construction industry –demonstrates that. From October 24 to 30, 2022, the company gives international decision-makers, procurers, and users detailed insights into its vehicle range and customer-oriented services.

In addition to the battery-powered electric trucks shown, the conventionally diesel-powered commercial vehicles take up a large amount of space. Highlights at bauma include the Actros L Edition 3, various Arocs models with bodies from Hiab, Liebherr, Meiller, Palfinger and Putzmeister, the Atego 1530 K with 3-way tipper from Meiller and the Unimog 435.

Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The integrated vehicle concepts and solutions from Mercedes-Benz Trucks for construction transport are outstanding in terms of robustness, reliability and efficiency – whether ex works or configured by one of our many partners and body manufacturers.”

Actros L Edition 3: unique design and maximum comfort

Tough operating conditions are part of everyday life in construction transport. In terms of a vehicle, however, this in no way excludes the highest level of comfort, unique design, individual style and pure emotion. If you prefer things a little more exclusive, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched the Actros L Edition 3 as a special model. It also cuts a fine figure when used on roadside construction sites. Up to 30 additional interior and exterior features give the model – limited to 400 units – an unmistakable character. The luxury of the Edition 3 is marked by a whole range of equipment features. In the stylish interior, these include the instrument panel in almond beige nappa leather and other leather applications on the door handles as well as leather steering wheel and leather seats, various interior parts in carbon fiber look, the roof hatch with ambient lighting and optionally the SoloStar seat corner with leather upholstery in almond beige.

Highlights on the exterior include the exclusive stickers on the side wall, the “rally stripes” on the front, the sun visor painted in white aluminum with two additional LED headlights and the “Edition 3” lettering, the illuminated Mercedes-Benz star in dark chrome and the Actros lettering on the cab rear wall at the top. The stainless steel entry steps are striking features in the side view. The front and rear axle caps are also made of stainless steel.

Edition 3 is available for all 2 and 3-axle models of the latest Actros L generation with GigaSpace and BigSpace cabs in left and right-hand drive versions. The cab paint finish is freely selectable and can be adapted to company colors of customers, while the front of the vehicle is always painted in white aluminum metallic to guarantee a high recognition value. 

The third generation of the OM 471 ensures even more fuel efficiency, power and dynamics

In terms of drive, the third generation of the 12.8-liter OM 471 engine has been available for heavy-duty commercial vehicles since October 2022 for the Actros L Edition 3 – as has generally been the case for all Actros and also Arocs models. The improved engine features a great range of technical innovations that are consistently aimed at reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) with regard to fuel-saving driving, reduced CO2 emissions, lower operating costs, and higher yields, without affecting performance, vehicle dynamics or driving comfort.

One of the most important levers for increasing fuel efficiency in modern diesel engines is optimized turbocharging. With the third generation of the OM 471, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has introduced two new turbochargers that are precisely tailored to the diverse needs of its customers. The variant planned for use in long-distance transport focuses on the lowest possible fuel consumption. In combination with the revised exhaust gas aftertreatment system, this turbocharger enables maximum fuel savings of up to four percent compared with the previous generation.

The second turbocharger variant is designed for high performance and a high engine braking force and is ideal for use in the heavy-duty and construction sector. Another highlight of the third generation of the OM 471 is the extended Top Torque program in the versions with 450 and 480 hp, which provides more performance exactly when really needed.

For even more vehicle dynamics, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also focused on the drivetrain: For example, the new PowerShift Advanced automated transmission control enables faster and smoother moving off and acceleration in many scenarios, thanks to its precision gear selection. Accelerator pedal parameterization has also been further optimized: The more sensitive controllability enables significantly more subtle maneuvering, while the direct response time brings a plus in dynamics under high load requirements. It also makes it easier in particular to drive through and accelerate out of roundabouts.

The new drivetrain is available for all heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz truck series: from the Actros, Actros F to the Actros L and the Arocs. In addition to the OM 471, PowerShift Advanced will also be available from April 2023 for the OM 470 and OM 473 engines as well as the OM 936 and G 140 – i.e. for all commercial vehicle engines from Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Preordained for the tough jobs

For Actros and Arocs trucks, which are mainly for use on roads but which will sometimes go off-road on difficult terrain such as construction sites and quarries, the engagable Hydraulic Auxiliary Drive (HAD) front wheel drive system makes work much simpler. HAD works up to a speed of 30 km/h and generates the necessary amount of additional traction to cope with demanding gradients among other situations, even on slippery roads. The turbo retarder clutch (TRC) is a proverbial groundbreaking specialty for tough applications and ideal for heavy-duty transport. As a combination of a hydraulic start-off clutch and a retarder in one common component, it also allows a sensitive starting off and maneuvering under high load even at the lowest speeds – and all that "wear-free" as compared to a conventional clutch. Both features are also available for the Actros L Edition 3 shown at bauma.

Less is more: the second generation MirrorCam with shorter camera arms

In view of the fact that construction sites are often congested, in addition to all the safety assistance systems installed in Mercedes-Benz Trucks, one feature has proven particularly effective here: the MirrorCam (instead of the conventional main and wide-angle mirrors). The second generation of the mirror camera system has been in use since April 2022. This provides the driver with even better support in many road-traffic scenarios thanks to the camera arms being ten centimeters shorter on each side and the new imaging parameters. One of the benefits of shortening the camera arms is that the drivers can now reverse in a straight line more easily than was the case with the first generation. This is due in particular to the fact that the MirrorCam’s perspective now even more closely resembles that of a conventional glass mirror.

In addition, engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have further optimized the tone mapping. Tone mapping is the process of adjusting an image to properly display a wide range of shades on a visual display. This is now particularly evident with the much improved contrast display. The evolution in both the color and brightness matching of the camera system, which is already very bright in nature, means that the displays can now more precisely depict the area relevant to the driving scenario, especially under critical lighting conditions. 

New front axle for the Arocs, interactive Multimedia Cockpit and main headlights in an LED version

At bauma 2022, Mercedes-Benz Trucks showcases many other features that make working in construction-site transport even more efficient than it was before. To make the Arocs even more resilient, for example, a new front axle with a 10-ton axle load has been developed. Among other things, this makes it possible to mount larger cranes and work equipment.

The interactive Multimedia Cockpit with its two color displays, installed in the Actros and Arocs model series, also proves to be a great assistance in everyday work as the heart of the human machine interface (HMI). If the body or additional equipment is in operation, this is shown via indicator lamps in the primary display. Pop-up windows can also be used to warn the driver, with up to ten messages being configurable. The second display can accommodate up to eight individually selectable virtual switches, such as for the vehicle lift, for convenient integration of non-safety-relevant body functions.

The new main headlights with LED light signature provide the Arocs and Actros an even more modern and unique look for distribution haulage. Full LED main headlights are also optionally available, which can provide even greater safety, especially in the dark. Compared to xenon headlights, LED headlights have a higher light intensity and produce very effective illumination of the road surface. There is also an economic aspect: LED lighting is easier to maintain and saves energy compared with conventional halogen lighting, and it also boasts a longer service life. The LED headlights are also available with stone guards and for vehicles with steel suspension.

Mercedes-Benz Complete and Mercedes-Benz Select: service costs under control

High vehicle availability, few breakdowns and predictable costs are crucial success factors for any transport company. After all, they only earn money when their vehicles are on the road. That also applies, in particular, to construction-site transport. To avoid unplanned visits to the workshop and unnecessary costs as far as possible when it comes to maintenance and repair, more and more customers are relying on service contracts such as Mercedes-Benz Complete. The comprehensive service package covers all-round carefree workshop jobs, including parts subject to wear on the chassis, as well as the replacement of units due to wear, from coordination of appointments to invoice verification at stable monthly payments. Mercedes-Benz Select is geared towards particularly price-sensitive customers and supplements the repair contract for the drivetrain (Mercedes-Benz Extend) with the maintenance service.

Mercedes-Benz Uptime: intelligent networking for even more efficient vehicle use

An integral part of Mercedes-Benz Complete and Select is Mercedes-Benz Uptime, the service for sustainably increasing vehicle availability. The intelligent system records the relevant vehicle data – from tire pressure to the engine. Mercedes-Benz Uptime supports almost all diagnostic procedures for predictable faults fully automatically and remotely. After data collection in the truck, the system sends specific recommendations for action to the customer and to the Mercedes-Benz workshop within an average of 240 seconds. By networking vehicle, Mercedes-Benz Service, and transport companies, workshop visits for expected and unexpected incidents such as breakdowns and stranded vehicles can be reduced.

My TruckPoint: the new digital customer portal for 360-degree fleet administration

With the new customer portal, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is responding to the desire of many customers to make fleet management even easier, so they have more time for their day-to-day business. After registering at, customer data on vehicles and contracts, for example, is automatically uploaded to the portal. Customers also have the option of independently maintaining their data online. The fully digitized workplace provides customers with a 360-degree overview of relevant information, documents and processes – and all with a single access.

In addition to an overview of the fleet, including detailed vehicle data, the tool, which is free of charge for Mercedes-Benz Trucks customers, also offers comprehensive information on service contracts, including Mercedes-Benz Uptime and Fleetboard contracts, including information on start and end dates, contract terms, conditions and current mileage. Customers also have the option of manually adding vehicles from other manufacturers.

TruckLive: Connected from the very first second

The new customer portal also provides access to TruckLive, the free access to the digital service world of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The new digital service will be available in selected European countries from October 2022 and can be acquired by concluding a TruckLive contract. TruckLive starts with two modules: maintenance management and current traffic data (Live Traffic). The maintenance management module provides transparency about the maintenance work on the truck as well as selected information on the current condition of the vehicle. It connects customers with Mercedes-Benz Service to make vehicle data available for maintenance planning and to make maintenance easier. In addition, customers have the option of carrying out certain maintenance work themselves. With Live Traffic, up-to-date traffic data can be used to shorten travel times and plan arrival times more precisely. Further components are already being planned.

The cloud-based Fleetboard portal that is intuitive to use and features a modern design is a further development of the tried-and-tested telematics solution. The integrative platform makes it easier for customers to view data on their vehicle fleet while opening up access to a wide range of digital solutions.

Unimog: efficient work machine for building banquettes 

Finally, at bauma 2022, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will not only be presenting heavy-duty commercial vehicles, but also special vehicles such as the Unimog implement carrier, which are in demand in the construction industry. The great strength of Unimog lies in the fact that customers can carry out completely different tasks with maximum efficiency “in one go” with just one vehicle.

Working together with many qualified implement partners, individual system solutions are built which increase fleet utilization rates and productivity. The exhibited Unimog U 435 (354 hp/260 kW) with power lift and dumper flatbed features equipment from AS Baugeräte. A BA 150 type banquette finisher is mounted on the front, a PV 5000H type banquet compactor and a street sweeper on the rear. There is a lawn seeder between the axles. Up to 4 independent hydraulic systems in the Unimog offer power reserves for the drive and control of the attachments. The open-view cab with its short front-end dimensions provides a great view of the work area, which at same time can increase safety.

Another highlight of the Unimog implement carrier is the EasyDrive system: it combines the advantages of the automated manual transmission for driving up to 89 km/h with the hydrostatic traction drive for stepless driving and working in the speed range up to 50 km/h. Advantage: The working speed can be continuously adjusted independently of the engine speed and maintained using the cruise control function. At the same time, the Unimog can also be started up and turned without wear on the clutch. A decisive advantage ex works: Vario Pilot, the interchangeable left-right steering.

In the Unimog, the fully-synchronized electro-pneumatic manual transmission converts the power of the easy-to-maintain, economical, smooth-running and high-torque Euro VIe engines into propulsion. The synchronized Electronic Quick Reverse reversing group makes it easier to change direction quickly.

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