Chassis

Going to the limit

Whether you’re looking at the frame, axles or suspension – the Actros sets standards with its uncompromisingly sturdy, durable design and build. Four different longitudinal member thicknesses are available to suit different gross vehicle weights: 7 mm, 8 mm, 9.5 mm and 9.5 mm with reinforcements for construction vehicles. The frame of the Actros offers the benefits of a robust, durable construction that is ideal for mounting bodies, minimal weight, and two other outstanding features: the innovative integral rear section on 4x2 and 6x2 semitrailer tractors and the intelligently designed frame head. All connections are bolted connections, making it easier – and therefore less costly – to exchange any of the parts during repair work. The 50-mm hole matrix enables straightforward, cost-effective attachment of bodies, while the cathodic dip priming process provides the best possible corrosion protection. The new optional chassis protective seal is an effective means of corrosion prevention for the chassis and detachable frame components. The transparent protective film allows you to visually check the metal surface and read the nameplates.

Robust, flexible and practical. The Actros suspension

With its three suspension variants, steel/steel, steel/air or air/air, the Actros meets every requirement you could make of a contemporary vehicle: high roll-resistance and ride stability, outstanding roadholding, discernible suspension comfort and maximum traction. The steel-sprung Actros variants feature low-noise parabolic springs with no-maintenance rubber molecular bearings. These are quieter than conventional trapezoidal springs and up to 40 percent lighter. In addition, all vehicles are fitted as standard with shock absorbers attuned to the tonnage plus front and rear-axle stabilisers. High-load stabilisers are available as an option. The leaf suspension is protected against corrosion by a zinc dust coating, which makes an essential contribution to the long service life of the suspension system as a whole.