Mercedes-Benz Actros Edition 2: limited special model

In Mercedes-Benz, News5 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 18, 2021

Mercedes-Benz will produce just 400 of its latest special model, the Actros Edition 2. Aimed at ‘innovation-loving professional drivers and self-driving hauliers whose truck is their home and who place great value on individual style and high comfort, and who have a strong emotional tie to their vehicle‘, the Edition 2 offers up to 40 additional options for the interior and exterior combined with design elements from the Edition 1. 

Luxury is the theme of the Edition 2 with instrument panel and door handles covered in nappa leather, several interior parts in a carbon-fibre look as well as a roof hatch with ambient lighting. The new home screen in the multimedia cockpit’s primary display as well as the Edition logo out of polished and brushed aluminium on the co-driver’s side are also real eye-catchers. The top bed comes with bedding and is 900mm wide. An all-around curtain – almond beige on the inside, black on the outside – ensures privacy in a stylish way. This equally applies to the curtain with the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star in front of the bed. 

The highlights of its exterior include, among other things, exclusive side wall decals with a star pattern, the “Edition 2” lettering in the painted sun visor, the Actros emblem in front, the Actros lettering on the upper side of the cab’s back wall, four additional LED spotlights in the sun visor as well as three LED working lights behind the cab. From the side, the stainless steel entrance steps are especially noticeable. The rear axle caps are also stainless steel, with protective wheel nut caps. Additionally, an illuminated Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star with a black trim and several decorative grille elements in dark chrome also comes as standard, while the headlamp surround is darkened. 

The Edition 2 is offered for all two- and three-axle variants of the current Actros generation with GigaSpace and BigSpace cabs as a left-hand or right-hand drive. The cab paint is freely selectable and can be tailored specifically to the customer’s company colours, while the vehicle front is always painted in moonstone grey metallic, which ensures a high recognition value. 

The Edition 2’s series equipment contains the following six packages: 

  • Safety Package with a number of active safety driver assistance systems

  • Comfort Package with LED ambient lighting, driving and living, shaving mirror, refrigerator etc.

  • Driving Package with leather steering wheel, electric roller sunblind and more

  • Sight Package with, among others, bi-xenon headlights, rain sensor and LED rear lamps

  • Media Package with sound system, notebook holder, additional 12/15 V socket

  • Extra Line with LED position lights in the MirrorCam, LED indicators and Welcome Light 

  • In addition, there are also individually configurable service packages such as the new, mileage-based service contract Mercedes-Benz CompleteMile for the Actros Edition 2.

The Edition 2 is equipped with the emergency braking assistance system Active Brake Assist in its fifth generation (ABA 5), the optional Active Drive Assist (ADA) for partially automated driving (SAE level 2), the standard MirrorCam that replaces main and wide-angle mirrors as well as Sideguard Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection available ex-works. In conjunction with these assistance systems, the further developed Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) is also impressive. The system is not only able to save a lot of fuel, but is also a relief for the driver on rural routes. 

The driver is shown the activities and functions of the assistance systems such as ABA 5, ADA or PPC in the user-friendly multimedia cockpit, with its two colour displays forming the centrepiece of the Human-Machine Interface (HMI). In addition, further HMI innovations such as the display of the next navigation event in the primary display or the total weight of the tractor unit and trailer are also included.