New Mercedes-Benz Actros with upgraded heart delivers fuel cuts of up to four per cent
Mercedes-Benz Trucks will present the more fuel-efficient Actros featuring a 13-litre engine at the Brisbane Truck Show, the company has revealed.
Already known for its excellent fuel economy, the third-generation OM471 engine is claimed to deliver fuel cuts of up to four per cent thanks to a raft of minor changes that add up to a major improvement in the powerplant’s efficiency.
Actros trucks fitted with the upgraded heart have just started arriving on Australian shores. The OM471 is the middle engine in the Actros line-up, sitting between the 11-litre and 16-litre units.
Several key engine elements have been redesigned to reduce friction and optimise combustion.
In order to deliver the improvements, engineers refined the design of the piston recess geometry, cylinder head parameters and injection nozzles.
There is also a new engine oil pressure control valve and a newly developed low-viscosity oil, which helps with fuel efficiency without increasing wear or reducing oil change intervals.
These improvements allowed for the compression ratio of the six-cylinder engine to increase from 18.3:1 to 20.3:1, which enables combustion with a peak ignition pressure of 250 bar.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also developed new turbocharger tailored to further improve fuel consumption that is manufactured in-house.
A newly developed exhaust gas after-treatment system also helps deliver consumption savings and improve NOx conversion. As a result, the engine meets the strict new Euro 6e emissions standard.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks Australia Pacific Director, Andrew Assimo, says he is thrilled to introduce the next generation OM471 engine at the Brisbane Truck Show.
“The Actros has established a legendary reputation as a fuel economy champion and it is great to see further improvements being delivered for the popular 13-litre engine,” he says.
“Mercedes-Benz Trucks is pleased to continue delivering innovations that drive down the total cost of ownership and help our customers control costs in a challenging environment.“
Assimo says the most recent fuel efficiency improvement is clear evidence that Mercedes-Benz Trucks is committed to further developing diesel engines as well as new battery-electric and fuel-cell heavy truck technology.
“Mercedes-Benz Trucks and many of our customers are very excited about advanced battery electric trucks such as the eActros, which produces zero local emissions.
“We also think further advancements of our diesel internal combustion engine technology will deliver considerable fuel efficiency improvement and emission reductions across many fleets,” he says.
Mercedes-Benz has also introduced the PowerShift Advanced Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which enables faster and smoother moving off and acceleration thanks to optimised clutch control.
Gearshifts have also been improved and are considerably faster than before, further reducing torque interruption.
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