Mercedes-Benz’s 7.5- to 16-tonne Atego truck is built for construction tasks as well as for light- and medium-duty distribution applications. Here’s a closer look at this rugged yet refined trouper’s standard and optional features.
The Atego is available in several forms. Its 7.5- to 15-tonne line of tippers comes in 4x2 and 4x4 editions, as do its 10.5- to 15-tonne rigids. The 4x4 trucks’ all-wheel drive is either manually selectable or full-time.
Atego wheelbases range from 3,020 to 3,560 millimetres. There is a low-height frame option. Base Ategos feature steel suspension with multi-leaf parabolic springs, but an air-suspended rear option is available. An optimised rear axle guide on some models reduces understeer. Mercedes also equips the Atego with precise steering and excellent handling characteristics for a lorry.
The Atego’s four cab options are the ClassicSpace in S-cab, S-cab with extended rear wall, and L-cab varieties, as well as the larger BigSpace L-cab. Each benefits from four-point cab suspension to reduce vibration and harshness.
Mercedes pays a lot of attention to the Atego’s overall efficiency. Its inline four- and six-cylinder Euro VI engines come in two displacement classes with seven output ratings. The motors range from 156 to 299 horsepower (115 to 220 kilowatts) and up to 1,200 newton-metres of torque. The engines use cooled EGR (exhaust-gas recirculation) to curb emissions, along with DPF (a diesel particulate filter) and AdBlue DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).
The Atego uses various six-, eight-, and nine-speed transmissions such as the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automatic. Models of 9.5 tonnes or more come with a powerful 235-kilowatt engine brake, with the option of a three-stage, wear-free, 300-kW auxiliary High Performance Engine Brake. Technologies available include Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Stability Control Assist.
Control & Comfort
Inside the cab, the Atego presents the driver with a variety of highly adjustable seat options including air suspension and a climatised model. The cockpit features a 4-inch colour digital instrument display; a 5-inch display with reversing video camera support is optional.
Sixteen control buttons on the steering wheel provide more means of control over the truck’s many features, including hands-free phone calls, radio settings adjustments, and the truck’s various assistance systems. The optional MirrorCam system mounted on the A-pillar gives the driver visibility through what is normally a blind spot, as well as a rearward view without the drag associated with an external side mirror. MirrorCam digitally shifts the camera view when the truck is turning or changing lanes.
Other options include a tyre pressure monitoring system, aerodynamic body parts, up to four cameras, LED tail lamps and side lamps, various radios with CD and Bluetooth support, and pre-installation components to make the Atego ready for phones, MP3 players, and navigation systems.