Econic

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Prime Movers

The Econic concept: honed to humanity.

The Econic. Taking responsibility.

Towns are growing. As too are the demands placed on mobility, logistics, the environment and quality of life. Our answer to this is a commercial vehicle which is up to the challenge. It is powerful and efficient whilst also delivering the greatest possible safety for all road users. It delivers sustainable solutions to the growing emissions burden in urban areas and makes for optimum working conditions for driver and crew alike.

The Econic takes responsibility. With powerful powertrains, the bodybuilder-friendly truck offers decisively better safety with its unique DirectVision cab featuring panoramic glazing and clever assistance systems. With ergonomic entry and exiting and intuitively arranged instruments, you can enjoy unrestricted access to environmental zones. Looking to the future together.

The Econic at a glance.

Ergonomics and safety.

Good work starts with a comfortable workplace. And that’s exactly how the Econic has been designed. Find out more.

Overview

Active health and safety at work thanks to low entry. On every journey.

Good work starts with a comfortable workplace. And that’s exactly how the Econic has been designed – to provide perfect support to the driver. The low entry is a great example of this: simple entry, comfortable standing room in the cab interior and an inward-opening folding door which allows users to enter and exit the vehicle on the side of the road furthest from the traffic – all of which relieve strain on the driver during their daily work. What’s more, an ergonomic seat, intuitively arranged instruments, a steering wheel with multifunction buttons and a clear dashboard all make for health-conscious working conditions.

Low-entry concept.

Especially safe and kind to your health.

Employee protection has been made number one priority thanks to the lower entry – not only is it ergonomic, it’s also safe and gentle on the back and joints. The low entry with just two steps also makes work processes much quicker, especially when the task at hand requires plenty of frequent stops. The walk-through cab even allows the driver to conveniently enter and exit the cab from the traffic-free side of the road using the inward-opening folding door. That’s not just practical, it also prevents accidents.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Low entry with just two steps
  • Entry and exit through the folding door on the side of the road furthest away from the traffic
  • Shock-absorbing full air suspension
  • The vehicle features a raising and lowering function on both axles
  • Depending on the intended field of work, either a high or a low cab height can be selected

The low-entry concept means that there are only two steps up into the cab, making getting in and out much easier and safer than in virtually any other commercial vehicle. On a busy working day, that means a lot less climbing up and down in the Econic compared with other trucks. Also good for the back and the joints is the full air suspension with raising and lowering function on all axles.

Direct view.

At eye level with other road users.

At eye level with other road users.

Especially safe and kind to your health.

The Econic allows drivers to encounter other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, at eye level. The low seating position of the driver, the generously glazed cab and the additional safety assistance systems make for a great view of the road and pavements in all directions – and compared with regular trucks, that’s a great advantage in busy inner cities and complex situations. This provides drivers with optimal support and ensures greater safety on the road.

Advantages at a glance.

  • DirectVision cab for greatest possible view
  • Low driver’s seat position for direct eye contact
  • Glazed folding door which reaches down to the ground on co-driver’s side ensures a clear view of pavements
  • Mirror system for extending the field of vision to cover the working area and blind spots

Assistance systems provide additional support.

In addition to the DirectVision cab, the Econic also features a clever mirror and camera system which extends the field of vision to include the working areas and the blind spots. The driver can thus always keep an eye on the important areas around the vehicle in accordance with the situation at-hand. And that’s not all: upon request, safety assistance systems like Active Brake Assist or Sideguard Assist are also available to further support the driver. It’s all about making traffic in our towns and cities that little bit safer.

Safety and assistance systems.

Intelligent systems ensure maximum safety.

More than just a view: an overview.

In terms of anticipatory driving and prevention, the Econic is a decisive step ahead of conventional trucks. And that has to do with its low seating position and the panoramic glazing of the cab, plus the fact that the Econic can be equipped with as many as ten safety assistance systems. With the aid of cameras, sensors and additional lighting systems, the driver can concentrate on the most important tasks – even in situations which require utmost concentration: in lively city traffic, when turning, manoeuvring and reversing, or in the case of a tailback being just behind a blind bend.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Safety assistance systems are available which are fine-tuned to one another
  • Designed specifically for urban operations
  • Image and sensor-based systems complement each other logically
  • Relieving the driver in dangerous situations

Observation and reaction.

A comprehensive package of safety assistance systems helps Econic drivers to maintain a good overview in critical situations.

Blue: Imaging systems
Pink: Sensory system

Sideguard Assist. ?

Sideguard Assist detects people on the co-driver’s side and issues an audible and visual signal by way of warning to the driver. For safe and stress-free driving.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Two radar sensors monitor the co-driver’s side at close range
  • Visual warning in the A pillar if people are currently in the danger zone
  • Can prevent accidents in typically lively city traffic
Active Brake Assist. ?

The sensor-assisted Active Brake Assist emergency braking system warns the driver if there is a risk of a collision. If the driver fails to react to the visual and audible warning, there first follows an automatic partial application of the brakes together with activation of the hazard warning lights. The subsequent stage is a short, full application of the brakes.
Upon request, the Econic is also available in conjunction with Active Brake Assist 4, which is also capable of detecting moving persons in a speed range of up to 50 km/h ahead of the vehicle. It reacts to these by means of a partial application of the brakes.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Visual and audible signals warn the driver
  • Partial application of the brakes with approximately 50 % of braking output reduces the speed
  • A full application of the brakes brings the vehicle to a halt, while at the same time the hazard warning lamps are activated

Blind spot camera system. ?

The blind spot camera system reduces blind spots around the Econic to a minimum. The working area around the truck is therefore clearly visible in any situation. And the already good visibility offered to the driver by the panoramic glazing is usefully supplemented. For this purpose, four cameras are installed around the vehicle and an automated display is integrated in the cockpit.

Advantages at a glance.

  • 7-inch monitor in the cab
  • Front camera to replace the front mirror
  • Cameras on the left and right-hand exterior mirrors
  • Reversing camera mounted directly on the body
Adaptive cruise control. ?

Adaptive cruise control manages the distance to the vehicle driving in front, automatically adjusts the speed of the Econic and thus reduces the risk of a collisions with vehicles driving ahead.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Proximity control active from 15 km/h
  • Supports the driver in maintaining the speed
  • Maintains a pre-defined distance to the vehicle driving in front

A rain and light sensor as well as Lane Keeping Assist are just two of the standard pieces of equipment on the Econic. The pre-installation for a reversing assistant, a speed limiter for reversing and automatically activating hazard warning lights are also on-board as part of the standard specification. Work lamps help to illuminate the rear manoeuvring area as well as the area around the vehicle body. That leads to much greater operating safety in the hours of darkness.

Space for productivity.

Whatever you have planned to do with your Econic, its spacious cab offers great freedom of movement and its well-engineered design delivers the best possible working conditions. Depending on the field of operation, there’s room for up to three passengers. Ideal for frequent stops: when pulling away, the folding door on the co-driver’s side closes automatically. Depending on the field of operation, a hinged door can also be installed. Furthermore, you can choose between a high and a low cab height.

The clear displays and intuitive instruments in the cockpit ensure that the driver quickly feels at home. The powerful premium engine brake is, for example, activated with ease using the right-hand steering-column lever. Radio, telephone and the instrument cluster can all be conveniently controlled using the multifunction steering wheel. Controls for the body can also be integrated with ease into the cockpit to ensure that the driver can directly control important functions from within the cab.

Drive concept.

The Econic delivers the right solution for every field of application.

Individual solutions for every type of operation.

A low or a high cab. Four different axle variants and wheelbases ranging from 3450 to 5700 mm. The Econic is perfectly suited to the most varied of sectors and tasks. But it wouldn’t be a Mercedes-Benz truck if it didn’t go one step further in the case of specific requirements. Besides the high-quality vehicles manufactured as part of volume series production, complex bodies and individual solutions to suit your everyday tasks can also be obtained from Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks (CTT): this might include anything from displacing a single component, right up to highly-complex axle modifications. Order a system built to the same standards as in series production but which completely fulfils your own criteria.

Chassis.

Designed to be especially bodybuilder-friendly. The Econic is perfectly suited to the most varied of sectors and tasks.

Flexibility as standard.

The chassis has been designed to be particularly bodybuilder-friendly. Wheelbases from 3450 mm to 5700 mm, permissible gross weights of between 18 t and 32 t, a broad selection of axle variants and favourable positioning of major assemblies mean that the Econic is perfectly suited to a wide range of sectors and tasks.

Further advantages of the Econic are its modern, electrohydraulically steered leading or trailing axles and the height-adjustable full air suspension on all axles (-50 to +160 mm).

Advantages at a glance.

  • Bodybuilder-friendly low frame and space-saving low-floor concept
  • Permissible gross weight of 18 to 26 tonnes
  • Development and manufacture from a single source
  • Mercedes-Benz warranty and service
  • Qualified advice and support – including the supply of registration documents
  • Network of top-performing conversion partners

Tailor-made Econic for any type of activity.

When it comes to special challenges, we take things one step further: complex conversions and individual solutions are the daily bread of Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks (CTT). You’ll receive a truck tailored to your specific needs and all in series-production quality.

Custom Tailored Trucks is a world-renowned conversion specialist which offers customer-specific solutions and tailored products in top quality. Find out more about the ultimate port of call at Mercedes-Benz for special requests from customers.

Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks

Engines

An overview of the engines.

Diesel engine.

The modern 6-cylinder diesel engines fitted to the Econic come with either a basic output of 200 kW (272 hp) at 2200 rpm and a maximum torque of 1200 Nm between 1200 and 1600 rpm, or with a top performance of 260 kW (354 hp) at 2200 rpm and a maximum torque of 1400 Nm in the nominal engine speed range between 1200 and 1600 rpm.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Tried-and-tested OM 936 engines with 7.7-litre displacement
  • Particulate emissions and nitrous oxides reduced to a minimum
  • Powerful premium engine brake for greater braking effect and reduced brake wear

Transmission.

Comfortable shifting.

Comfortable shifting.

Depending on the intended field of operations, you can order the Econic with either the fully automatic Allison 6-speed transmission, or the semi-automated PowerShift transmission.

With its intuitive shift logic, the Allison 6-speed automatic transmission is wear-free.And thus also relieves strain on the driver. The practical crawler function allows drivers to pull away precisely – as if it were made specifically for use in the waste disposal sector.

The optional semi-automatic PowerShift transmission makes it possible to drive even more efficiently. The weight-optimised transmission with 12 forward gears and 4 reverse gears features specially adapted drive programs for use in urban traffic.

Areas of application.

Tailor-made Econic for your specific field of activity.

At home everywhere.

A unique concept which was consistently developed for practical operations: the Econic is a modern, low-entry vehicle capable of tackling the tough challenges a truck must face. It makes work more efficient and is a step ahead of its time – be that for municipal applications, refuse collection and short-radius distribution or even a whole host of other operations.

Public service sector.

Waste disposal is an important aspect of the modern closed-loop economy. It is hard work and requires great care, attention and power. Discover more about the Econic in municipal applications.

The Econic in waste disposal.

Driving through the morning rush hour, turning into tight residential streets packed full of parked cars, rapid emptying of bins and containers, and then moving on to the next location. Waste disposal is an important aspect of the modern closed-loop economy. It is hard work and requires great care, attention and power. Which is why the Econic has been specifically designed to make life easier. Getting in and out is gentle on the back. The modern cockpit, innovative assistance systems and the expanded field of vision through the panoramic glazing and folding door make for both greater driving comfort and improved safety. And the cab has enough room for up to four people. No wonder then that experienced professionals value their new colleague so highly.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Thanks to the vast panoramic glazing, the driver has the traffic situation optimally in sight
  • Intelligent safety assistance systems provide support and facilitate day-to-day working routines
  • Driver and co-driver can comfortably enter and exit the cab with just a single step thanks to the low-entry concept
  • Cab floor allows movement around the cab as well as comfortable headroom, while the comfort suspension seat makes the working day as pleasant as possible

Short-radius distribution.

Waste disposal is an important aspect of the modern closed-loop economy. It is hard work and requires great care, attention and power. Discover more about the Econic in municipal applications.

Modern short-radius distribution with the Econic.

Buying fresh fruit and vegetables in the organic shop, picking up the medicine you ordered on the same afternoon, riding your bike to your favourite restaurant. Life has picked up speed. As too has the need for short-radius distribution. And it doesn’t just need to be clean, it should also be efficient and economic too. Not to mention safe. Especially because things are getting a little cramped on our roads. Here, the Econic can demonstrate the true qualities of its DirectVision cab. Allows you to keep an eye – and a hand – on the situation at all times. Impresses with sustainable drive solutions. And gets goods to their destination peacefully and punctually.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Equipped with a gas engine, the Econic drives especially quietly
  • The optimal direct vision from the driver’s cab helps avoid accidents
  • Intelligent safety assistance systems also help relieve strain on the driver

Fire & rescue.

Takes your crew quickly to the scene. Not to the limit.

The Econic in fire-fighting applications.

When the fire bell rings, every second counts. That’s why every single movement of your crew has to be spot-on. The Econic makes sure that no precious time is lost. Just two small steps make for easy entering and exiting of the cab. The Allison automatic transmission saves time shifting and offers utmost driving comfort. When manoeuvring through lively city traffic and streets full of parked cars, the driver’s low seating position and all-round glazing mean that they constantly have a great overview of the situation at hand. This ensures the greatest possible level of safety and speed when things start heating up.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Even passages and tunnels with low headroom are mastered by the Econic with ease in conjunction with the low cab height variant. Despite its dimensions, it offers plenty of space for high bodies
  • The low entry and wide-opening doors allow teams to gain access and leave the vehicle rapidly

With a great range of equipment and the bodybuilder-friendly low frame concept, the Econic offers a comprehensive scope of possible operations: for example as a base vehicle for turntable ladders, aerial rescue platforms and water tenders. The vehicle has space to house up to four crew members. Even in conjunction with high bodies, bridges and passageways are no obstacle for the Econic equipped with the low cab variant.

Quick entry and exiting even with heavy equipment – the low-entry concept featuring folding door makes this both simple and effortless.

Construction haulage.

Build on safety.

The Econic on construction sites.

Our cities are growing. The world over. The Econic is on-hand day in, day out. And it already meets tomorrow’s safety standards today. Because that’s the reason it was designed like it was. From the panoramic windscreen to the glazed folding door on the co-driver’s side which reaches down to the ground: the direct view of the traffic and the construction site is almost unhindered. Something which cyclists and pedestrians will be grateful of. After all, it’s much better to see them and avoid getting into danger in the first place.

Advantages at a glance.

  • For the transport of construction site materials in inner-city areas, the Econic offers an excellent view of the traffic situation
  • Intelligent safety assistance systems support drivers in their daily work
Just as diverse as the building trade itself.

Thanks to various chassis versions and standardised body interfaces, the Econic can be put to a wide range of different uses. Compact and manoeuvrable, suitable as a concrete mixer or as a tipper truck, with or without crane body, and so much more.

Airport.

High flexibility ensures smooth ground handling.

The Econic at the airport.

Many passengers, thousands of flights and innumerable processes, all of which must be perfectly intertwined with one another: flight operations are a real logistic challenge. The Econic fits perfectly into the ground support team.

The low cab can fit under the vast majority of aircraft wings, ranging from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus A380. Positioning the major assemblies behind the cab creates a vehicle which is extremely bodybuilder-friendly. And it’s precisely this that makes the Econic such a multi-talent. Refuelling, catering or with a scissor-type medical lift to provide assistance to wheelchair users and passengers who must be transported in a lying position. Taking an alternative route, prioritising certain flights, or a change to the planned parking position – ensuring the success of airlines above the clouds needs rapid solutions on the ground. Thanks to the standard automatic transmission, drivers can concentrate wholly on their surroundings. Meanwhile, the panoramic glazing also allows the driver to keep everything well in sight. Aeroplanes, ground handling vehicles, employees. It’s a professional among professionals.

Technical data.

From engine performance figures and dimensions right up to axle variants, all of the important technical data can be found here at a glance.

In this area, we will inform you about the various models and axle variants of the Econic.
The technical data is also available as a PDF document for you to download in the Downloads area.

Models and variants.

Compare the models here.
Wheel configuration 4×2 4×2
Engine OM 936 LA OM 936 LA
Permissible gross vehicle weight 18,0 t 18,0 t
No. of cylinders/displacement R6 / 7,7 l R6 / 7,7 l
Output kW/hp 220 (299) 220 (299)
Emissions standard Euro VI Euro VI
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m
Turning circle 14,8 – 22,0 m 14,8 – 22,0 m
Compare the models here.
Wheel configuration 4×2 4×2
Engine OM 936 LA OM 936 LA
Permissible gross vehicle weight 18,0 t 18,0 t
No. of cylinders/displacement R6 / 7,7 l R6 / 7,7 l
Output kW/hp 260 (354) 220 (299)
Emissions standard Euro VI Euro VI
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m
Turning circle 14,8 – 22,0 m 14,8 – 22,0 m
Compare the models here.
Wheel configuration 6×4 4×2
Engine OM 936 LA OM 936 LA
Permissible gross vehicle weight 26,0 t 18,0 t
No. of cylinders/displacement R6 / 7,7 l R6 / 7,7 l
Output kW/hp 220 (299) 220 (299)
Emissions standard Euro VI Euro VI
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase 3,9/4,2 m 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m
Turning circle 19,0 – 20,0 m 14,8 – 22,0 m
Compare the models here.
Wheel configuration 6×4 4×2
Engine OM 936 LA OM 936 LA
Permissible gross vehicle weight 26,0 t 18,0 t
No. of cylinders/displacement R6 / 7,7 l R6 / 7,7 l
Output kW/hp 260 (354) 220 (299)
Emissions standard Euro VI Euro VI
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase 3,9/4,2 m 3,45/3,9/4,2/4,5/5,7 m
Turning circle 19,0 – 20,0 m 14,8 – 22,0 m

Highlights and other facts.

Precisely the right Econic for your requirements.

Well and truly in the focal point is the vehicle’s ground-breaking cab concept: the DirectVision cab. With panoramic glazing, low entry and exiting, exemplary ergonomics and intuitive control systems, the Econic is equipped to relieve the driver’s stressful working day as much as possible. Meanwhile, the Econic also deserves respect for its environmentally friendly engines. Be it for municipal operations, refuse collection or short-radius distribution, or a whole host of other applications: the Econic is ahead of its time.

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