German truck giant Daimler has presented the new Mercedes-Benz Antos, a specialist vehicle model series designed for heavy-duty short-radius distribution transportation use. The vehicle will celebrate its public premiere at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover in September.
The Antos has a range of options that make it ideal for the regional transportation sector, including putting it to use for food, heating oil, building materials or municipal transportation applications, with a permissible gross vehicle weight of between 18 and 26 tonnes.
The continuous 2.30m-wide cab of the vehicle is available in the ClassicSpace design in short (S) and medium (M) lengths. The medium-length variant is also available as the super-flat CompactSpace cab, for trucks with cooling units fitted to the body, for example.
For the first time, all of the safety assistance systems with are now also available for drivers in the short-radius distribution sector. The following systems are fitted as standard: the electronically-controlled braking system EBS with disk brakes all-round, the highly-effective engine brake, the anti-lock braking system ABS, the acceleration skid control system ASR, and Stability Control Assist.
Right through to the third-generation Active Brake Assist (ABA), Mercedes-Benz has also put together safety package of additional optional assistance systems for the Antos. The new ABA 3 system now also automatically initiates full brake application on detecting stationary obstacles.
The Antos also debuted with a wide range of Euro VI diesel engines comprising three inline six-cylinder engines with displacements of 7.7 litres, 10.7 litres and 12.8 litres and a special feature option to combine extremely compact engines such as the OM 936 with multi-gear transmissions.