The bigger brother Actros lauded for its fuel efficiency and comfort now has a sibling in the Antos. The Antos is a purpose built truck for heavy-duty short-radius distribution transport use. With the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Antos, Mercedes-Benz becomes the first manufacturer to have a truck series that has been specially developed for the very varied requirements of the short-radius distribution transport industry.
Heavy-duty short-range distribution involves regional transportation of commodities such as food, with the retail sector one of the key areas served. This industry has very specific requirements for the ‘optimum vehicle’ for heavy-duty short-radius distribution work. Mercedes-Benz sums up the requirements as a vehicle with good all-round visibility that is easy to operate and configured for single-day tours, a broad spectrum of engine power to cope with varying regional topography and different loads; many stops and the frequent need to change route make professional logistics management essential; and of course – on top of all this – the operator wants a vehicle that, as his ‘calling card’, conveys a representative image of his company. How better to do that than in a Mercedes-Benz.
While the design reminds you of the Actros, the very different requirements for the cab give it an unmistakable character of its own. The 2.30-metre-wide cabs, designed specifically for the short-radius distribution transport market, are available in either short ‘S’ or medium-size ‘M’ versions. Both offer a convincing combination of easy access, optimised ergonomics and intuitive controls says Mercedes-Benz.
The Antos series is powered by the latest Euro VI range of engines with “Blue Efficiency Power”, produced in Mannheim and launched in March of this year. With a total of 13 power categories, the Mercedes-Benz Antos covers a broad spectrum of engine power from 175 kW (238 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp). The new vehicles are 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. Fully automated PowerShift transmission makes life easier for the driver. Active Brake Assist, which reacts to stationary obstacles is available as an option.
With an unladen weight of around six tonnes, the Loader is designed to maximise the payload, while the low coupling point and low frame height of the Volumer, together with an interior height of three metres, maximise the vehicle’s load capacity.
The Antos is currently undergoing testing and will be unveiled at Commercial Vehicle IAA in September.
Can’t get enough of trucks? Do read our Mercedes-Benz Actros design story.