The Mercedes-Benz Actros (right) and Arocs courtesy of Daimler.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros (right) and Arocs courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz is launching the latest version of its Actros and Arocs heavy-duty trucks to more than 40 markets in the Middle East and Africa.

The newly introduced Actros and Arocs models have been configured for environments of these regions, which can reach temperatures as hot as 122 degrees Fahrenheit and are known to have terrain that is difficult to navigate, according to Mercedes-Benz.

The vehicles can be ordered with in-line 6-cylinder engines in four different variants - with outputs ranging from 326 hp through to 625 hp. Combining any of these with the Mercedes-Benz PowerShift 3 automated transmission improves the powertrain, offering improved efficiency and handling, according to the automaker.

Additional features include reinforced frames, robust planetary axles, optimized filter and cooling systems, plus the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz's hallmark safety and assistance systems, such as active brake assist or adaptive cruise control. Fleet operators can also choose 22 variants for the design of the driver’s cab, according to Mercedes-Benz.

Since the launch of the current generation of the Actros and Arocs series in 2011, Mercedes-Benz has delivered some 300,000 Actros and Arocs to customers in the Middle East and Africa. The current-generation of Actros and Arocs trucks have already been introduced to South Africa and China, and will later be launched in Latin America.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet