Mercedes-Benz is releasing the new generation Actros into New Zealand with cameras replacing side mirrors.
The truck is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2020 and was presented to media and customers at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on October 14, Transport Talk reported.
The new Actros features a range of driver-focussed improvements including the MirrorCam system that uses aerodynamic cameras connected to two large screens in the cabin that boost driver vision.
Mercedes-Benz will soon begin a New Zealand validation programme for the truck with customers evaluating the new models throughout the North and South Island.
The Actros also features a new multimedia interface system with two high-resolution tablet-style screens that can be customised for driver preference.
The new generation truck also features GPS-assisted predictive powertrain control for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced connectivity and the latest generation of advanced safety technology that delivers further improvements.
Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Australia pacific director Michael May says Mercedes-Benz is determined to continue its momentum in the New Zealand truck market.
“Many New Zealand customers have embraced the current generation Actros thanks to its remarkable efficiency, reliability and comfort, which has been fantastic for us,” he says.
“But Mercedes-Benz will always look for new ways to improve the experience of our partners,” he says.
“The new truck has a range of features that make life easier for drivers and continue to push down the cost of operating a transport business.”
Mercedes-Benz is also committed to making sure the New Zealand Actros range is right for local customers.
“We are committed to working with our customers to determine the ideal model specification four the unique conditions of New Zealand.”
MirrorCam helps deliver fuel savings with the reduced drag of the small camera pods which replace regular mirrors.
The increased range of vision that can be displayed on the two screens in the cabin, and the lack of a physical mirror blocking some of the view, is also set to deliver a big improvement for drivers and deliver greater safety.
The reduced size of the camera wing, compared to a wing mirror is also likely to reduce the chance of damage. However, in the event it is damaged, Mercedes-Benz expects the cost of replacing the camera assembly will be in line with, or less than, replacing a traditional mirror assembly.
New touch control buttons added to the steering wheel allows drivers to change what information is displayed on the two large screens.
The long wait for it to reach us in South Africa begins.