Mercedes-Benz recently introduced the latest iteration of the Arocs, a versatile truck designed specifically for the construction industry. Axle configurations range from 4x2 to 8x8 with CompactSpace, ClassicSpace, BigSpace, and StreamSpace day and sleeper cabs available. Engine options range from 175 to 460 kilowatts (235 to 617 horsepower), producing between 1,000 and 3,000 newton-metres of torque.
These features alone make the Arocs well-suited for a wide range of applications, including hauling bulk construction materials, transporting concrete, and much more. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz offers pre-configured options, including the Loader, available as a tractor unit or concrete mixer, and the Grounder, which is designed for extreme applications. The new Arocs also features a vertical exhaust system that leaves more room for bodybuilders, should you choose to go that route.
An Emphasis On Safety
Safety on the construction site is a top priority, which is why Mercedes-Benz offers the MirrorCam system as an option for the Arocs. MirrorCam replaces traditional mirrors with cameras and dual A-pillar-mounted, 15-inch displays. This not only improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle, but also reduces blind spots and improves visibility across the board.
In fact, Mercedes-Benz says that “it is no longer possible for the driver to incorrectly adjust the mirror, because from any perspective, the camera shows the same complete image.” There are distance lines that appear on the display to aid the driver in changing lanes, a feature that complements Sideguard Assist to prevent both rear and side collisions.
The Arocs also benefits from Active Brake Assist 5 system that can detect pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles while traveling at speeds of up to 50 km/h, provide audible and visual alerts, and even bring the vehicle to a complete stop, if necessary.
Connectivity & Helpful Technologies
Another standout feature of the Arocs is the Multimedia Cockpit, which is available in a standard or Interactive configuration. The standard version has a 10-inch instrument cluster, while the Interactive version upgrades that to a 12-inch display. These displays show information and alerts from driver assistance systems and they feature navigation, traffic sign recognition, and more. For bodybuilding purposes, you can customise up to five virtual switches on the display to view, for example, “the operating status of the vehicle body,” Mercedes-Benz explains.
A second display located to the right of the steering wheel offers touch-based controls for heating, air conditioning, and mobile device connectivity. It’s also the place to interact with the Mercedes-Benz Truck App Portal, monitor tyre pressure, and view feeds from as many as four cameras. A more traditional control panel is directly underneath that second touchscreen display.
Other helpful technologies include Predictive Powertrain Control, which uses GPS data and digital road maps to help put the vehicle in the right gear for maximum performance and reduced fuel consumption. There is also the Truck Data Center Module, which keeps the vehicle in constant communication with Mercedes-Benz Uptime and other fleet management solutions. This system reduces downtime-related to breakdowns by monitoring the vehicle’s health and sending notifications to preferred service partners to schedule a repair, if necessary, or preventative maintenance.