Rigid Trucks

Mercedes-Benz Rigid Trucks

Get aboard – and experience Mercedes-Benz in the distribution sector.

Model Overview

Distribution transportation has its very own set of rules. This is why we have developed a versatile range of rigid vehicles, suitable for a diverse range of applications, to ensure you are ideally placed to meet the challenges facing distribution transport. Our range of models mean you can have the perfect vehicle to meet the demands associated with distribution transport, general freight and other high volume transport requirements.

The Rigid range impresses not only with a comfortable driver workplace, but also with precisely coordinated, job-matched vehicle configurations, fuel-saving, efficient technology and attractive service offers that can increase the overall cost-effectiveness further still. Get aboard – and experience Mercedes-Benz in the distribution sector.

Trucks you can trust – for more efficiency.

The Mercedes-Benz Rigid range is redefining efficiency in distribution transport.

Mercedes-Benz trucks stand for particularly high economic efficiency worldwide. In addition to its reliable and durable design, the Rigid range also meets the highest standards of efficiency, based first and foremost on its particularly low fuel consumption. Low wear and an attractive resale value are additional merits contributing to its high overall economic efficiency.
To this end, numerous innovative technical measures were implemented in the course of developing the Rigid range. These resulted in engines with higher performance and lower fuel consumption, a powertrain which enables a particularly economical driving style, and an aerodynamic design honed down to the finest details in the interests of fuel efficiency. Overall, by achieving a more economical fuel saving compared to its predecessor, the Rigid range offers an ideal basis for more profitable operations than ever.

The further advanced Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearshift combines an economical driving style with smooth gear changing and a high level of driving comfort. The job matched and aerodynamic cabs of the Rigid range also contribute to the high level of efficiency. In short, the new Actros offers you a vehicle that is tailored perfectly to the needs of practically any application.

High Efficiency.

With more economical fuel savings compared to its predecessor, the Rigid range with its new 6-cylinder in-line engines is a particularly economical proposition. The engines are available in the three displacement classes 7.7l, 10.7l and 12.8l, and in a total of 8 power output ratings from 170 kW (231 hp) to 390 kW (530 hp).

The combination of low fuel consumption and improved performance is attributable to the particularly efficient combustion strategy, the X-Pulse common-rail high-pressure injection system with an injection pressure of up to 2700 bar and the patented asymmetric turbocharger. Further factors contributing to fuel savings are the more fuel-efficient auxiliary consumers, Mercedes PowerShift 3, and the sophisticated aerodynamic design.

Axles, auxiliary consumers. ?

A targeted range of rear axle ratios matched to various operating profiles also plays a role in keeping fuel consumption low. Economical auxiliary consumers, such as the on-demand air compressor contribute to lowering fuel consumption.

Low drag and rolling resistance. ?

The design of the Rigid range has been optimized right down to the finest details in order to reduce wind resistance. Features such as aerodynamic attachments1 and the tyre pressure monitoring1 also save fuel.

Good body-mounting capability. ?

The frame with the consistent 50 mm hole pattern provides the basis for the Rigid range’s high body mounting capability. Other assets include a wide range of wheelbases, frame overhangs and end cross members selectable ex-factory, and a broad selection of tank variants. Good body-mounting capability is additionally supported by the parameterizable special module, pre-installations and consoles, which are available ex-factory.

Comfort in detail.

The Rigid range provides you with a wide range of practical and comfort-enhancing functions. The line-up includes convenient brief turn signals, for example, a warning tone for parking brake and lights, cruise control operation using the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and “follow me home” lights. In short, a host of functions to make everyday life with the vehicle more pleasant.

A diverse range of cabs.

Cab variants in widths of 2300mm with practical cabs designed for day-to-day use, up to high-roof sleepers that can accommodate up to six people comfortably. The Rigid range is always able to offer a suitable cab, whatever the needs of the job in hand.

The different cab variants for the Rigid range are also tailored closely to operational needs. All are notable for the ergonomic layout of all the controls and a practical array of stowage facilities, with low entry making access easy.

From the cup holder within reach of the driver to the power socket: everything in the cab is designed to make the job of the driver in the distribution sector easier and more pleasant.

Multimedia system.

The Rigid range cabs offer an intuitive multimedia system that incorporates Bluetooth®, CD/DVD, three camera inputs (reverse and blind spot), DAB+ Radio, and truck navigation with programmable vehicle dimensions to ensure your safety on the road.


Trucks you can trust – for more reliability.

A truck only earns money when it is up and running. As such, the prime requirement in the ever-tougher transport business is a truck that can be counted on to operate reliably. The versatile Mercedes-Benz Trucks Rigid range delivers for your business

Reliable engines.

All drive components of the Rigid range offer a particularly durable design, a high degree of reliability and an increased service life compared with the predecessor model. The improved robustness of the new 6-cylinder in-line engine is the result of optimized engine cooling and design measures such as one-piece steel pistons, reinforced conrods and bearings and a more rigid crankcase. The new engines of the Rigid range boast not only high power, but also a reliable and durable design. In addition, the wider torque curve reduces the number of gearshift operations and thus lowers the strain on the clutch and transmission.

Mercedes PowerShift 3.

The more advanced automated gearshift is standard across the Rigid range, is simple to operate and provides a high level of driving comfort. With its sensitive gearshift sensors, Mercedes PowerShift 3 provides precise gear selection appropriate to the driving situation and the load carried at the time.

Precise gear selection and fast gear-changing ensure that the further advanced Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearshift transmits the power spontaneously and efficiently to the rear axle. This is possible thanks to an improved shifting strategy that accounts for factors such as gross combination weight, inclination angle of the road and accelerator pedal position when selecting the optimum gear.

Further benefits include the option of shifting quickly from 1 to R for easy manoeuvring, reverse gears with high ratios, the crawl function and EcoRoll. The crawler function is particularly convenient when moving off.

Transmission variants.

The Rigid range is available with a choice of 6-, 8-, 9- or 12-speed transmissions, enabling the vehicle to be tailored effectively to its intended field of deployment. In conjunction with the perfectly matched rear-axle ratios, it offers an economical drive.


For a high standard of safety we equip the Rigid range models with disc brakes combined with a full electronic braking system (EBS). High performance engine brakes boost the available brake power, reduce wear and improve economic efficiency.

In addition to the proven electronic braking systems with disengageable ABS, ASR, Brake Assist and hill holder, powerful wear-free continuous high-performance engine brakes feature as standard to boost the available brake power, reduce wear, improve economic efficiency, and provide added safety. This three-stage brake system offering up to 400 kW of brake power1 reduces wear on the service brake while enhancing safety and control of the vehicle.

Suspension Variants.

The Rigid range always offers the suspension variant which is best suited to the given type of application – steel-air or full pneumatic suspension.

Extended Service Life.

All Rigid range components come in particularly durable, repair- and maintenance-friendly design and boast a high degree of reliability. This is ensured by extensive testing at the Mercedes-Benz Development and Testing Centre in Wörth, where worldwide road conditions are simulated, enabling our trucks to be tested under the toughest conditions.

Locally, the Rigid range has undertaken millions of test kilometers around Australia and New Zealand with outstanding results. The unrelenting test program also includes summer and winter trials at extreme temperatures and millions of kilometers on rough road tracks and in endurance testing. In all, the Rigid range has demonstrated its durability and reliability over more than 50 million test kilometers.

The right frame for every application.

The versatile Rigid range has a wide variety of frames available, and can be tailored to suit various distribution requirements. Other benefits include cathodic dip priming to prevent rusting, the consistent 50 mm hole pattern and a broadened range of wheelbases, frame overhangs and end cross members.