In January 2021, Mercedes-Benz customers will have the opportunity to order one of 400 new Actros Edition 2 trucks. With 40 interior and exterior options available, the manufacturer says the Edition 2 gives drivers an opportunity to build “a vehicle with which they can forge a strong emotional bond” and that will help hauliers attract and retain talent.
The truck will be available as a two- or three-axle tractor unit with either a BigSpace or GigaSpace cab and left- or right-hand drive steering wheel placement. The front of the vehicle sports moonstone grey metallic paint, but Mercedes-Benz says customers can choose a colour “tailored specifically to match an operator’s corporate shade” on the rest of the cab.
Style & Comfort
The exterior of the Actros Edition 2 features an Edition 2-branded sun visor with four built-in LED spotlights. There are also three additional LED working lights located behind the cab. The rear axle caps and entrance steps are stainless steel, which Mercedes-Benz says adds “another dash of style” along with the darker grille, headlamp surrounds, and logo.
The interior of the limited-edition truck benefits from Mercedes-Benz’s Comfort, Driving, and Media Packages, which add a shaving mirror, refrigerator, LED ambient lighting, leather steering wheel, electric sun blind, sound system, notebook holder, and much more. Other features include napa leather on the dashboard and door handles, carbon fibre accents, a polished-aluminium Edition 2 badge, a 900-millimetre wide bed with bedding, and a privacy curtain.
The Edition 2 also comes with all of the same safety and drive assistance systems customers expect from new-generation Actros trucks, including Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking and Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) as standard. It also features two optional safety features, with the MirrorCam system replacing traditional mirrors and Active Drive Assist (ADA), which enables SAE Level 2 automated driving. Visibility is also improved via Sight and Extra Line Packages, which add bi-xenon headlamps and LED rear lamps, MirrorCam position lights, and indicators.
Adding to the Actros Edition 2’s high-tech nature is the Multimedia Cockpit with its Human-Machine Interface (HMI). It can display a wide range of information, including the weight of the tractor/trailer combination, battery status, and more. An optional interactive upgrade for the Multimedia Cockpit makes it possible to take advantage of the Mercedes-Benz Truck App Portal, which offers access to various telematics, fleet management, and logistics apps.
The Edition 2 also benefits from Mercedes-Benz Uptime coverage, a platform that uses “fully automatic telediagnosis” to monitor “the truck’s vehicle systems continuously and in real time,” the firm says. It can detect more than 1,200 events that could occur across more than 40 systems. The goal is to encourage predictive maintenance to prevent outright breakdowns, as well as to “reduce 50% of unplanned workshop visits by bundling repair and maintenance requirements.”