Mercedes-Benz has announced the brand-new Antos 2536 L waste collection vehicle, a nine-metre-long three-axle 26-tonner truck with steered trailing axle.
The biggest news seems to concern the implementation of Mercedes’ automated twelve-speed G 211 PowerShift transmission. The automated gearshifting is really well-honed and practical, thank to the crawler gear mode, a feature highly praised by waste disposal specialists.
Power comes from a 265 kW (360 hp) OM 470 Euro VI engine which also brings to life the compacting screw that begins to revolve in the waste collection body at the push of a button, as soon as the waste bins suspended in the tipping mechanism at the rear of the truck make their upward journey.
With a width of 2.30 m and a lower entry, the cab is precisely configured for distribution work, while the good aerodynamics save fuel. The air-sprung luxury seat for the driver is just one of the other positive attributes of the medium-long ClassicSpace M-cab. The workplace provides adequate freedom of movement while having clearly arranged instruments and controls. Everything is within easy reach, and there is an easily accessible space for the body control console on the right, next to the seat.
Apart from stowage space for warm clothing and warm drinks, the Antos has another technical feature that ensures additional comfort in the autumn and winter: the residual heat utilisation system, which uses the heat from the engine to keep the cab wonderfully warm.
Four other ultra-modern in-line six-cylinder engines in 16 output classes from 175 kW (238 hp) to 460 kW (625 hp), can be specified, alongside the fully automated Mercedes PowerShift 3 manual transmission with eight or twelve gears, and as special equipment with 16 finely graduated gears.
In addition to the standard Stability Control Assist, customers can configure their Antos to suit their personal preferences with Proximity Control Assist including stop-and-go function, Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist and Active Brake Assist 3. As a specialist for heavy distribution operations and complete all-rounder, it stands for high class, efficiency and good handling.