The new Mercedes-Benz Antos - a new range of trucks designed specifically for heavy-duty short-radius distribution use - will be available to Irish customers on order after it is presented to the market at the forthcoming Hannover commercial vehicles show in September, according to the company’s commercial vehicles sales manager, Fergus Conheady.
With the Antos, Mercedes-Benz claims to be the first heavy truck maker to produce a vehicle specially developed to meet the varied requirements of the short-radius distribution industry.
Styled on lines similar to the new Actros, it comes with a 2.3-metres wide cabin available in short ‘S’ or medium-length ‘M’ versions with two roof variants. Powered by the latest BlueEfficiency Euro 6 engines, it has thirteen power categories covering a broad spectrum from 175 kW (238 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp). According to Fergus Conheady, its Euro 6 engine classification will drive demand for the Antos, particularly towards the latter half of 2013.
Available as a platform truck or tractor unit, it has sixty-seven different wheelbase lengths, with axle spacing ranging from 2,650mm to 6,700 mm. Other features include automated PowerShift transmission and optional Active Brake Assist. With an unladen weight of around six tonnes, its low coupling point and low frame height maximize payload while its interior height of three metres maximises load capacity.
The Antos will be aimed at users such as those involved in the food sector where the requirement is for a platform truck with refrigerated or box bodies that will spend more or less equal time in urban traffic, on country roads and on motorways.
‘In such situations, the requirement is for a vehicle with good all-round visibility that is easy to operate and configured for single-day tours, where a broad spectrum of engine power is required to cope with varying loads and conditions with frequent stops and numerous route changes’ Fergus Conheady said.