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This is the new Actros L

This is the new Actros L

04-02-2024 | Written by Martin van der Westen

It wasn't a big surprise that the Actros L gets the same cabin as the eActros 600. However, it may take some time to get used to seeing a futuristic cabin without a real grille on the road. The new Actros L is sure to stand out among all other models. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz did not choose the same white color for the front as the eActros. There was a lot of criticism about this: many compared the appearance of the eActros 600 to a washing machine. The mint green color of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros L makes the design look much better.

Longer cabin

With the new Actros L, Mercedes-Benz is taking advantage of new European rules, which allow longer cabins. Actros L measures 8 cm long. Unfortunately, as a driver you hardly notice this. Just as with the Volvo FH Aero, the driver's area remains almost the same. The Actros L has a more convex front, which is better for aerodynamics. This saves about 3% on fuel, according to Mercedes-Benz.

It is mainly the bumper that protrudes forward. This has strikingly large headlights. So a comparison with the Ford F-Max is likely to be made. You can optionally order the modern matrix LED headlights, which provide a dynamic light image at night. The differences between the cabin of the Actros L and eActros 600 are very small and mainly of a practical nature. For example, the side fenders are different because the diesel version has an exhaust and the electric version has a charging port. The amount of air is also different. Otherwise the cabin is the same.

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Top models only

Under the skin, not much has changed in the Mercedes-Benz Actros L. The diesel engine has been improved further, saving another 4%. Safety systems have also improved. The distance radar looks ahead and the truck better monitors traffic in other lanes. New software for the multimedia screen will not follow until next year. As we are used to, the Actros L comes with three different types of cabin: Stream, Big or Giga Space. The Actros L is equipped with cameras instead of mirrors, but regular mirrors are still available.

The new cabin is only for the Mercedes-Benz Actros L and eActros 600, the top models. Other versions of the Actros, such as the Actros F, will retain the cabin we know today. Special versions of the Actros L, such as the heavy-haul Actros SLT, also retain the old cab. The new Actros L with its futuristic cabin can be ordered from April. Production will begin in December. So, next year, we'll see this particular truck rolling in big numbers – both electric and diesel.