Mercedes-Benz Trucks has officially launched its dual control low entry truck. The Econic was formally unveiled, this week, in front of waste industry representatives at an event in Melbourne. Mercedes Benz, here in Australia, has developed a world’s first, this is the first time the Econic has been fitted with two steering wheels and controls on both sides of the cabin.
The dual control Econic is produced at the company’s Worth plant in Germany and it has a Euro 6 rated engine, Electronic Stability Program and a low-entry cab design with visibility superior to that of traditional trucks. Benz are keen to point out, no other truck in this class has all three features.
“The launch of the dual control Econic represents a win all round for operators, drivers and the public,” said Andrew Assimo, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Sales Manager. “The Euro 6 engine is efficient and produces low emissions, but it is quiet in operation too.
“High levels of safety are a big plus for everyone, especially the driver, who also benefits from great ergonomics. There is also the superior vision of this truck, which is of utmost importance given the mixture of pedestrians, cyclists and cars in the urban environments most Econics will operate.”
The dual control Econic is fitted with Electronic Stability Program, also Electronic Braking System and an Anti-Lock Braking System all fitted as standard. Optional safety items include adaptive cruise control, Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.
The truck’s cabin complies with the European ECE-R29 crash test regulations and features large panoramic windows for improved visibility. The Econic features air suspension on all axles and a suspended driver’s seat on both sides of the cabin.
It uses a 7.7-litre diesel engine putting out 299 hp and meeting Euro 6 emission standards. According to Mercedes Benz, this means it delivers a reduction of emissions and particulate matter by up to 90 per cent compared to the Euro 5 engine. Econic also runs the industry-preferred six-speed Allison fully automatic transmission.
“We’ve been developing this targeted product for the local waste industry for three years, so it was fantastic to show the dual control Econic to our customers,” said Michael May, Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director. “The reaction was extremely positive with customers thrilled to finally see a factory-delivered solution that ticks so many of the boxes when it comes to safety, environment, driver welfare and low operating costs.”