Mercedes-Benz is known for its sophistication and engineering in its passenger cars and SUVs, and is well-known among commercial customers for the same attributes, being one of the leaders in innovation in the heavy truck segment. Following the introduction of new styles of its Actros, Antos, and Arocs trucks, Mercedes-Benz is giving a sneak peek at its redesigned Atego model that will be unveiled in May at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show.
The Atego is in the short-radius distribution class, roughly comparable to the Isuzu N-class cabover trucks common in the U.S. market. The Atego offers a choice of a 5.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing between 156 to 231 hp, and a 7.7-liter six-cylinder diesel making between 238 and 299 hp. The new DOHC, four-valve engines are Euro 6 emissions compliant, have 5 percent better fuel economy than their predecessors, with some models having longer maintenance intervals as well, according to Mercedes. To meet the tough new emissions standards, the engines are equipped with cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a selective catalyst reduction system, and a particulate filter.
The Atego also features multiple transmission options, including Mercedes' PowerShift3 eight-speed automatic transmission, or the choice of a six or nine-speed manual with power-assisted shifting. The new Atego also features disc brakes on all axles, a two-stage engine brake, as well as an available permanent magnet retarder to supplement braking power.
For those delivery guys and gals that want to drive their route with some style, the new Atego features optional LED driving lights for the latest in blue-collar bling.