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New Atego completes Mercedes-Benz truck range revamp

  • 07 February 2013
  • By George Barrow

Mercedes-Benz has released the first images and outline specifications of its new Euro-6 Atego distribution truck, due on sale in May this year. This completes Mercedes’ top-to- bottom revision of its entire truck range for Euro-6.

The artist’s impression of the new cab shows how the Atego will fall into line with the family styling of new Actros, Antos and Arocs. It will be available at weights from 6.5 tonnes to 16 tonnes GVW with seven new Euro-6 engines from the OM 934 and OM 936 series, all providing more power and torque than the smaller 900 series engines in the outgoing model. All engines will use a diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst to cut particulates, and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to reduce NOx emissions.

The four-cylinder OM 934 series BlueTec 6 engine will be available with four power outputs of 154hp, 174hp, 208hp, 228hp from a 5.1-litre displacement, with peak torque values ranging from 650 to 900Nm, generated between 1,200rpm and 1,600rpm. Three of the five new six-cylinder OM 936 engine’s ratings also feature in the new Atego range, offering power outputs of 235hp, 268hp and 295hp and peak torque values of 1,000Nm, 1,100Nm and 1,200Nm. Specifying the 7.7-litre OM 936 engine rather than the OM 934 adds around 150kg to the Atego’s kerbweight.

All engines have four valves per cylinder, with twin overhead camshafts and Delphi’s common-rail fuel-injection system to provide injection pressures of up to 2,400bar. These new higher-torque engines are said to consume up to 5% less fuel, and some will also benefit from longer maintenance intervals.

Automated and manual transmissions will be available, with a six- or eight-speed autos and six- or nine-speed manuals. Braking will be carried out by disc brakes on all axles, with a two-stage engine brake and the option of a permanent magnet retarder to reduce pad wear.

The new Atego will make its public debut at April’s CV Show in Birmingham, with sales due to commence in May 2013.


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