The new cab: sophisticated Mercedes-Benz design with persuasive inner values

  • High recognition factor for new vehicle design
  • Ensuring and improving the driver's wellbeing: state-of-the-art ergonomic workplace with top-grade equipment and instruments
  • New berth concept with one-piece cold-foam 3-zone mattresses
  • Numerous optional extras and pre-wired interfaces make further individualisation possible
The Mercedes-Benz Atego is a fully fledged member of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz trucks. The exterior styling reflects that of the heavy-duty model series, while the interior of the new Atego offers a cab concept that is unrivalled in its high quality appeal, ergonomics and practicality. A wide range of available options means that the vehicle can be further customised to suit individual tastes.
The signals sent by the exterior of the new Mercedes-Benz Atego are unequivocal: the new benchmark in the short-range distribution class has now arrived on the international market for light- and medium-duty trucks. From the very first glance it is clear that the new Atego is a typical Mercedes-Benz: the contemporary-looking, aerodynamically optimised front end of the new Atego cab resembles that of its brand colleagues in the heavy-duty class, the Antos, Arocs and Actros, without losing any of the individual character of the successful Atego.
The ornamental grille on the front, dominated by three dynamically downward-pointing horizontal louvres, sports a conspicuous central Mercedes star with an impressive diameter of 280 millimetres.
The dynamic design of the completely redesigned front apron incorporates the re-drawn front headlamps, into which the indicator lamps and standard daytime running lamps (LED version as an option) have been integrated. Air deflector panels on the side, incorporated to cope with the specific demands made on short-radius distribution vehicles, complement the overall aerodynamic appeal of the Atego while at the same time ensuring that the side windows remain clear at all times, even in poor weather conditions.
Full practicality for everyday use in the demanding distribution sector
For all such stylistic refinements, the designers made sure they did not lose sight of the practical aspects in their work on the cab of the new Atego. A particularly broad step frame at the front, for example, offers a secure footing when cleaning the windows. The wide steps on the side, which merge seamlessly into the front apron, provide further evidence of the new Atego's particularly practical orientation. The stepped form of access used here makes getting into the cab especially easy.
Further assets in relation to boarding the European bestseller Atego: for numerous variants of the 6.5 – 16.5 tonne perm. GVW Mercedes-Benz Atego, one step is still sufficient for entering the cab – an indisputable ergonomic benefit to someone who has to get in and out of the vehicle up to a hundred times a day in inner-city operations. The redesigned doors, which open to an angle of up to 90 degrees, allow plenty of freedom of movement, so adding to the convenience for both driver and co-driver when getting into or out of the cab.
The new Atego cab heralds a whole new era for short-radius distribution trucks. With a perfectly coordinated mixture of fast, unobstructed access through to the co-driver's side when fitted with automatic transmission, outstanding ergonomics for the driver's workplace and an interior design that is geared towards practical needs, Mercedes-Benz is entering new territory in an application category where normally sober functionality holds sway.
All new Mercedes-Benz Atego models sold on the German market feature Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions as standard, operated by an ergonomically positioned steering-column lever. Those customers who take the manual transmission option are also able to benefit from further improved ergonomics in the cockpit: the new cable-operated and power-assisted shift lever in the new Atego sits in a high-quality leather gaiter located on the slope of the instrument panel adjacent to the steering wheel. The new gearshift configuration thus takes drivers' differing heights into account and remains outstandingly user-friendly.
New driver's seats with integrated head restraints, swivelling armrests and a generous adjustment range ensure that all drivers, whatever their stature, can sit comfortably.
High-quality interior in the style of the Actros and Antos
The cockpit, with its dark design tone throughout and high-class appeal, also picks up numerous design cues from the heavy-duty model series.
The instrument panel, in night black with a centrally positioned clear graphic display, white back-lit analogue instruments, steering column shift lever and ergonomically optimised buttons and switches, reflects current thinking in terms of Mercedes-Benz design. The new trim and colour concept, involving yellow illumination for the control switches, chrome trim for the radio and speedometer, and chrome-look door handles, adds striking visual highlights to the vehicle interior.
The new multifunction steering wheel is a standard feature on all variants, with a leather-upholstered version that is more pleasant to the touch as an optional extra. Vehicle checks are undertaken directly from the driver's seat via an on-board computer that is also part of the standard specification of all new Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks. The functionality of the new built-in radio, which includes CD player, Bluetooth interface (although not on TCC Low, only TCC Mid) and USB socket can be extended with the addition of a preinstallation kit that allows audio playback through the vehicle loudspeakers from multimedia devices and smartphones connected this way.
Navigation devices and/or MP3 players may be connected via a 12 volt socket and a connecting jack for the on-board loudspeaker system located on the instrument panel. Follow-me-home lighting, adaptive brake lights and one-touch turn signalling are among the new convenience features that are now possible with the new Atego central electronics system. A connection to the FleetBoard transport management system is also simple to set up through a corresponding preinstalled interface.
Comfortable driving even on long trips
Four different cab variants in three different lengths add up to a multitude of options that provide the scope to configure the new Atego for any specific area of operation. Available cabs include the ClassicSpace S-cab in normal and long versions, the ClassicSpace L-cab and the BigSpace L-cab – all four in the ideal width of 2.30 metres – perfect for the restricted traffic situations in which distribution vehicles so often have to operate. For special applications such as firefighting, municipal use or highway services, the Atego is also available with a six-seater crewcab.
Atego drivers are, of course, not only to be found undertaking day-to-day deliveries in inner-city areas. Around a third of all journeys undertaken in the Atego segment are on motorways and often involve longer trips, sometimes over several days. Providing comfortable accommodation for those drivers who sleep in their vehicles, a new berth concept has been developed for the new Atego. A one-piece berth with a 7-zone cold-foam mattress ensures that drivers can relax in comfort, even when away from home. The optionally available upper berth is easy to put in place thanks to a very straightforward levelling system and the integrated spirit level.
The consistently high quality of the equipment and appointments on the new Atego is not only beneficial in terms of the long-term retention of the vehicle's value. It is also clear evidence of the importance given to the role of the driver in light-duty short-radius distribution operations.
The various measures undertaken to enhance comfort and improve the ergonomics of the vehicle – e.g. air conditioning, noise reduction, seats, berth – help to counteract the early onset of drowsiness on the part of the driver and ensure that he remains physiologically fit.
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