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The Econic.

Responsibility first.

Our cities 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. The Econic is powerful and efficient yet uncompromising on safety for all road users. It provides sustainable solutions for increasing emissions in urban areas and guarantees optimal working conditions for the driver and crew.

Person-centred.

The vehicle concept of the Econic with DirectVision cab
offers a whole range of smart solutions to urban traffic.

Vehicle concept

Looking to the future together.

The Econic: developed with responsibility always in mind. 

With a cab that cab be low or high, environmentally friendly drive options, four different axle variants and wheelbases: the Econic has been developed as a low-entry truck for use in urban traffic. Able to adapt perfectly to different sectors and tasks, it is the perfect work partner for you! Whether it be for municipal operations, refuse collection, short-radius distribution or a whole host of other applications, the Econic is ahead of its time.

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1/

up to 10

safety assistance systems support the Econic's driver.

Only 2 steps

the crew has to take when climbing aboard.

23 %

fewer collisions with pedestrians thanks to a reduced reaction and braking time through direct visibility. (Source: Direct Vision study, 2016)

Qualities that impress.

The Econic is safe:

  • Low seat position
  • Panoramic glazing
  • Fully-glazed folding door
  • Smart safety assistance systems
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access

The Econic is efficient:

  • Low-entry concept
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access
  • Agile
  • Manoeuvrability
  • Direct view
  • Coordinated driveline
  • Proven large-scale production technology
  • Simple body mounting

The Econic is ergonomic:

  • DirectVision cab
  • Low-entry concept
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access
  • Intuitive operation
  • Full air suspension

The Econic is environmentally friendly:

  • Levels of noise and harmful emissions are kept low
  • Latest Euro VI diesel engines
  • eEconic with all-electric drive available for municipal use 

The Econic is safe:

  • Low seat position
  • Panoramic glazing
  • Fully-glazed folding door
  • Smart safety assistance systems
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access

The Econic is efficient:

  • Low-entry concept
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access
  • Agile
  • Manoeuvrability
  • Direct view
  • Coordinated driveline
  • Proven large-scale production technology
  • Simple body mounting

The Econic is ergonomic:

  • DirectVision cab
  • Low-entry concept
  • Low entry and exit
  • Easy walk-through access
  • Intuitive operation
  • Full air suspension

The Econic is environmentally friendly:

  • Levels of noise and harmful emissions are kept low
  • Latest Euro VI diesel engines
  • eEconic with all-electric drive available for municipal use 

Safely through the city.

The Econic puts responsibility into practice. With its efficient powertrain, this bodybuilder-friendly truck has now been made even safer with its unique DirectVision cab featuring panoramic glazing and smart assistance systems. With ergonomic entry and exit, intuitively arranged instruments and with battery-electric drive – so you can drive freely in low-emission zones.

More about the eEconic

 

Product advantages for your daily work.

With its smart features that benefit
driver, crew and other road users alike, the Econic is bound to impress.

Product benefits

Direct-Vision.

With its low seat position and DirectVision cab, the Econic makes anticipatory driving possible at eye level.

The Econic is perfectly suited for use in urban traffic. You're bound to be won over by the convenience offered by its extraordinary low-entry concept. The most important feature? The cab with panoramic glazing for a clear view.

  • DirectVision cab for optimum visibility
  • Low driver’s seat position for direct eye contact
  • Floor-to-ceiling glazed folding door on the passenger side for a clear view of pavements
  • Mirror system to extend field of vision of working and blind spot areas
  • Blind spot camera system

Keep an eye on everything.

The low seating position brings the driver down to eye level with all road users. Seeing more means you can react more quickly. What's more, the driver is able to make eye contact with other road users and so communicate with them directly. And in hectic traffic, that is one thing that can make all the difference.

Always at eye level.

The DirectVision cab gives the driver direct eye contact with cyclists and pedestrians at junctions or in queues.

5-star award on the Thames.

Transport for London, the umbrella organisation responsible for regulating truck driving requirements in the British capital since 2001, has awarded the Econic five stars for its extensive safety features.

Practical decisions based on practical experience.

From driver to Managing Director: Cris Calina has fulfilled his dream of owning his own business and has just acquired a new Econic concrete mixer. Because he is fully convinced of the benefits of the Mercedes-Benz Special Truck.

Product benefits

Health and safety.

With the Econic’s low-entry concept, work health and safety measures are observed at every turn.

Employee protection has been made number one priority with the lower entry – not only is it ergonomic, it's also safe and gentle on the back and joints.

  • Low entry with just two steps
  • Entry and exit via folding door to the side facing away from traffic
  • Shock-absorbing full air suspension
  • Raising and lowering function of the vehicle on both axles

Comfortable workplace.

The entry has been designed with safety in mind: only two steps are needed to climb into the cab. It also makes work processes much quicker, especially when lots of stops need to be made. With the walk-through cab, the driver can conveniently enter and exit the cab from the traffic-free side of the road using the inward-opening folding door: a practical way to help prevent  accidents. And the comfortable standing height in the cab is definitely another plus point for the crew.

Product benefits

Safety.

The Econic offers more than just visibility: Overview. And smart systems for greater safety.

When it comes to anticipatory driving and prevention, the Econic is miles ahead of conventional trucks. It all comes down to its low seating position and the cab's panoramic glazing, not to mention the fact that the Econic has up to ten safety assists on board! Cameras, sensors and additional lighting systems free up the driver to focus on the most important tasks, including in situations which demand maximum focus: in busy city traffic, when turning, manoeuvring and reversing, or if there is a tailback just after a blind bend.

  • Coordinated safety assistance systems available
  • Specially designed for urban use
  • Imaging and sensor systems perfectly complement each other
  • Eases burden on the driver in hazardous situations

The Econic safety assistance systems.

A comprehensive package of safety assistance systems help Econic drivers keep a good overview of critical situations.

The equipment scope includes the following:

  • Active Brake Assist 5
  • Rain/light sensor
  • Lane Keeping Assist

The following options are available:

  • Blind spot camera system
  • Sideguard Assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed limiting when reversing
  • Hazard warning lights can be activated automatically
  • Work lamps
  • Pre-installation for a reversing assistant
  • Pre-installation of ambient lighting for body

Observation and reaction.

1   Blind Spot Camera System
2   Sideguard Assist
3   Preinstallation for Reversing Assist
4   Active Brake Assist
5   Adaptive Cruise Control

Blue   imaging systems
Red     sensory systems

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Videos on the Econic's safety and assistance systems

Videos on the Econic's safety and assistance systems

All safety assistance systems up close.

Blind spot camera system*.

The blind spot camera system* shows exactly those images of the vehicle's surroundings that are important for the driving situation, all on an ergonomically positioned monitor, making everything relevant to the driver in view as they reverse, manoeuvre or turn.

Sideguard Assist*.

Sideguard Assist* can detect people on the passenger side of the vehicle and warn the driver with a light signal. If this is ignored and the vehicle continues to turn in the direction of the detected person, a warning tone sounds. For safe, stress-free driving.

Adaptive cruise control*.

Adaptive cruise control* manages the distance to the vehicle driving in front and can automatically adjust the Econic's speed.

Active Brake Assist 5.

Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5) from Mercedes-Benz supports Econic drivers in critical situations** – from effective warning tones to automatic maximum full-stop braking. As standard in all new Econic vehicles ex factory.

Lane Keeping Assist.

Lane Keeping Assist alerts the driver if the truck leaves its lane unintentionally.

Rain and light sensor.

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Work lamps*.

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Hazard warning lights* can be activated automatically.

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Speed limiter, reversing*.

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Pre-installation for reversing assistant*.

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Pre-installation for ambient lighting for body*.

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* Special equipment
* *Within the system limits or within physical limits, the system can react with partial or maximum full-stop braking and is able to detect moving objects or moving pedestrians. In these traffic situations, the driver still remains fully responsible for driving the vehicle safely.

Safety equipment at a package price.

Don't miss out on the safety equipment package's attractive terms and conditions.

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Product benefits

Ergonomics.

Designed for your everyday work, this sophisticated cab with added comfort is truly outstanding.

Each and every one of the Econic's functions have been designed with one goal in mind: to support the driver and make their workday the best it can be! These include comfortable headroom in the cab and a sprung comfort suspension seat. A powerful air-conditioning system together with high performance heat-insulating glazing and roller sunblind ensure that no matter the weather on the outside, the temperature is always just right on the inside!

  • Comfortable headroom in the cab
  • Low entry
  • Suspension
  • Comfort suspension seats
  • Intuitive operation
  • Generous storage compartments
  • Powerful air-conditioning system
  • Heat insulation glazing and roller sun blind

Forward-looking.

With the instrument cluster and modern display, the driver has all important vehicle data available at a glance. The centrally positioned displays for the optional image-based safety assistance systems also allow the driver access to camera images of the vehicle surroundings. An electric roller sun blind, which can even be closed up to the level of the exterior mirrors when the cameras are in use, prevents sun glare.

Great at multitasking.

With the clear displays and intuitive instruments in the cockpit, the driver is sure to feel at home in no time! The powerful premium engine brake is, for example, activated with ease using the right-hand multi-function lever. The radio, telephone and instrument cluster are all easy to operate using the multi-function steering wheel. Controls for the body can also be integrated into the cockpit with ease, enabling the driver to directly control important functions from within the cab.

Space to be productive!

Whatever your plans for your Econic, its spacious cab offers great freedom of movement and its well-engineered design creates 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 passenger side closes automatically. Depending on the field of operation, a hinged door can also be installed.

Room for everything!

Two lockable stowage compartments give the crew sufficient place to store items. Additional stowage compartments as well as bottle holders and cupholders in the armrests also provide space for personal belongings or tools.

Stop safely.

The new, electronic parking brake with HOLD function combines simpler handling, greater comfort and a higher level of safety: it is automatically released when setting off with the transmission in position "D" or "R" and is re-engaged when the ignition is switched to the "OFF" position.

Ergonomic equipment at a package price.

Don't miss out on the ergonomic equipment package's attractive terms and conditions!

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Custom Tailored Trucks: Individualisation at manufacturer quality.

With a cab that can be either low or high, an engine that can run on either diesel or natural gas, four different axle variants and wheelbases ranging from 3,450 to 5,700 mm, the Econic is perfectly suited to a whole range of sectors and tasks. But it wouldn't be a Mercedes-Benz truck if it didn't go one step further to meet even the most specific of requirements. Besides the high-quality vehicles manufactured in volume series production, Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks (CTT) also offers complex modifications and individual solutions tailored to your everyday needs: from the transfer of individual components to highly complex axle modifications. Order an individually tailored system built to the same standards as in series production.

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Product benefits

Drive system.

Great value for money without costing the Earth: innovative diesel and electric motors for the Econic.

Not only are they extremely high performing, they are also as environmentally friendly and economical as you could wish for. The Econic combines these factors effortlessly, no matter where it is used. With electric drive, even locally emission-free.

  • 6-cylinder diesel engines from 200 kW (272 hp) to 260 kW (354 hp) Max. torque from 1,100 to 1,400 Nm Large-scale series-tested engines with 7.7 l displacement Allison 6-speed automatic transmission or semi-automated PowerShift gearshift Powerful premium engine brake for higher braking effect and reduced brake wear Also available as eEconic with fully electric drive

Tried and tested drive technology. Euro VIe diesel engines.

The Econic is equipped with a BlueTec 6 diesel engine and innovative catalytic converter technology as standard, keeping particulate emissions and nitrous oxides to a minimum. The engines keep torque high, even at low speeds, with optimised fuel and AdBlue consumption. Full performance that pays for itself.

The right transmission for every application.

With its intuitive shift logic, the Allison 6-speed automatic transmission is not only wear-free, it also relieves strain on the driver. The practical crawler function allows drivers to manoeuvre with maximum accuracy when setting off and is the perfect fit for the waste disposal sector. And you can drive even more efficiently with the optional semi-automatic PowerShift transmission! The weight-optimised transmission with 12 forward gears and 4 reverse gears features specially adapted drive programs for use in urban traffic.

Full power for the future: the eEconic.

If you find yourself regularly facing city traffic, you'll love the eEconic. That's because it has all the advantages of the tried and tested diesel-powered Econic, with smart electric vehicle components to boot. For optimal performance in the hectic urban hustle and bustle.

  • Low noise and emission-free
  • Designed with municipal operations in mind
  • Covers almost all typical waste collection routes in single-shift operation with just one battery charge

Product benefits

Mercedes-Benz Uptime.

Connected to the future: Mercedes-Benz Uptime increases efficiency and gives you greater scope to plan ahead.

And so, you can keep unplanned workshop visits and downtimes to a minimum: thanks to smart networking using the latest technology, all of the relevant information on your vehicle is bundled together quickly and automatically – ready to be made available when needed.

  • Rapid assistance with repair measures Efficient management of repairs and maintenance Preventing predictable failures

Automatic assistance.

To avoid wear and tear and vehicle breakdowns, Mercedes-Benz Uptime automatically provides information and specific recommendations. Detecting faults early and providing rapid assistance when maintenance work is required can reduce the need to take a vehicle to the workshop by around one half.

Smart planning.

Based on the vehicle data, the service partner is able to bundle maintenance and repair work together in the most convenient possible way, taking into account the route plan and maintenance requirements. This reduces the time required for fault diagnosis in the workshop by two thirds. What's more, transparency of costs and time for fleet managers is maximised.

Optimum prevention.

If Uptime detects typical signs of a potential breakdown, the system immediately informs the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Centre and assists in organising a convenient workshop appointment. Based on the vehicle information, the necessary spare parts can be ordered by the workshop beforehand, considerably reducing the vehicle's downtime.

The perfect combination: with Mercedes-Benz service contract.

Mercedes-Benz Uptime users can call up their vehicle data on the online portal at any time using their vehicle data. All Mercedes-Benz service contracts can be combined with Mercedes-Benz Uptime – the ideal combination of smart vehicle networking and Mercedes-Benz service contracts.

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A wide range of different variants:

the Econic is available in a range of
model and axle configurations.

Model series

The Econic models.

18 t to 32 t gross vehicle weight.

Econic with 2 axles.

The compact Econic 2-axle vehicle has a permissible gross vehicle weight of 18 t. Depending on the application, it is available with outputs of 200/272 kW/hp, 220/299 kW/PW or 260/354 kW/hp.

Econic with 3 axles.

The Econic with 3 axles and a permissible gross vehicle weight of 26 t is ideally equipped for heavy bodies. It comes in a wide range of variants with up to two driven axles and a trailing axle for even greater manoeuvrability.

Econic with 4 axles.

With a permissible gross vehicle weight of 32 t, an output of 260/354 kW/hp and four axles, there's nothing that the Econic can't handle! With the steered trailing axle, its turning circle can be reduced to a minimum.

Versatile in use.

The Mercedes-Benz Econic is an excellent assistant wherever
a high level of safety is a priority for all road users.

Applications

Waste disposal.

With town and driver in mind.

Driving through the morning rush hour, turning into tight residential streets packed full of parked cars, quickly emptying the bins and containers, and then moving on to the next location: waste disposal is an important part of the modern circular economy. It's also hard work that demands great care and focus, as well as no small amount of physical strength. 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, electric parking brake suspension with hold function 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.

  • DirectVision cab
  • Low entry and exit
  • Electronic parking brake suspension
  • Comfort suspension seats

What makes the Econic the clean solution for waste management?

Dispose of electrical components.

We want to achieve maximum mobility and flexibility, with clean air and a high quality of life to boot. And here, the Econic has reached the perfect balance. With battery-electric drive, it is locally emission-free, quiet and great value for money. Enjoy unrestricted access to low-emission zones. Day and night.

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Applications

Logistics.

The future is here: modern short-radius distribution with the Econic.

Buying fresh fruit and vegetables from the organic shop, picking up the medicine you ordered on the same afternoon, then riding your bike to your favourite restaurant: the pace of life has definitely gone up! And so too have the requirements for short-radius distribution. It's got to be clean, efficient, good value for money, and above all, safe. After all, things are getting tight on our roads! This is where the many qualities of the Econic's DirectVision cab really come into their own. With its direct visibility, the driver can keep both an eye and a handle on the road traffic situation at all times. The Econic also stands out from the crowd with its sustainable drive solutions. With this versatile vehicle, you can be sure that goods will reach their destination safely and punctually, without costing the Earth.

  • DirectVision cab
  • Safety assistance systems
  • Raising and lowering function on both axles

What makes the Econic so reliable in urban distribution transport?

Applications

Fire service.

Fast on the scene. And absolutely limitless.

As soon as the fire bell rings, every second counts. That's why your crew has to know every step of the emergency procedure like the back of their hand. The Econic makes sure that no precious time is lost. Two small steps make getting in and out of the cab effortless. The Allison automatic transmission saves time shifting and provides maximum driving comfort. And when manoeuvring through hectic city traffic and streets full of parked cars, the low seating position and the all-round glazing mean that the driver always gets the best possible view of the situation at hand. And so, when the pressure's on, maximum safety and speed are still guaranteed.

  • Diverse attachment and body solutions
  • Intuitive operation
  • Safety assistance systems
  • Low overall height
  • Plenty of storage space

Find out about the wide range of Econic fire service vehicle models!

Applications

Construction.

Build on safety.

All over the world, our cities are growing. The Econic is playing a key role in this transformation: every single day. And it's already meeting the safety standards of tomorrow, today. It's part and parcel of its design: the panoramic windscreen and the glazed folding door on the passenger side which reaches down to the ground give a virtually unrestricted view of the traffic and construction site. And cyclists and pedestrians are sure to benefit. After all, being seen sooner and making eye contact with the driver is one of the best ways to avoid getting into danger.

  • Floor-to-ceiling glazed passenger door
  • Safety assistance systems
  • Wide range of attachment and body solutions

Safe and flexible: the Econic for construction site transport.

Applications

Airports.

High level of flexibility for seamless ground handling.

Lots of passengers, thousands of flights and innumerable processes, all of which must be coordinated perfectly: flight operations are a real logistic challenge. The Econic is the perfect fit for the ground support team. The low cab can fit under practically any aircraft wing, from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus A380. The positioning of the major assemblies behind the cab has created a vehicle which is extremely bodybuilder-friendly. And it's precisely this that makes the Econic such a great all-rounder. At an airport, tasks include refuelling, catering or using a scissor medical lift to provide assistance to wheelchair users and passengers who must be transported in a lying position. Or an alternative route may need to be taken, flights prioritised or parking position changed. No matter the job at hand, it is rapid solutions on the ground that help airlines become true high flyers! The standard automatic transmission enables drivers to concentrate fully on their surroundings, while the panoramic glazing helps the driver to keep everything well in sight. Aeroplanes, ground handling vehicles, employees: it's a pro among pros.

  • Ease of body mounting
  • Low overall height
  • Safety concept

What makes the Econic stand out on the runway?

A strong community.

Both during and after purchase,
we never let you down.

Services

Flexibility that gives plenty of elbow room.

Mercedes-Benz Bank's financial service pays for itself!

Our customised financial services make your accounting more flexible. Jointly with the Mercedes-Benz Bank and our Daimler Truck partners, we provide customised service offers including leasing, financing, guarantee extensions, mobility concepts and rental vehicles. Further information can be obtained from your authorised Daimler Truck partner.

Everything from one single source.

As well as comprehensive product packages with individually selectable modules, customers are able to obtain vehicle, financing and insurance from their Mercedes-Benz partner from one single source. The advantages: short travel distances, time saved and coordinated services. What's more, terms and conditions are convenient and customer-friendly. To keep you mobile and flexible: always.

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Our quality promise.

Built in Wörth, at the largest truck assembly plant in the world,
the Econic meets the commercial vehicle branch's high quality standards.

Brand promise

Working for you.

As a global leader of medium-heavy and heavy trucks, Mercedes-Benz sets itself ambitious targets: we set the standard for quality and reliability. And our over 11,000-strong workforce at our modern and environmentally-friendly Wörth plant more than meet these expectations. Since 1963, over three million commercial vehicles have been manufactured here. Alongside the A-series (Actros, Arocs, Antos and Atego), all the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks are designed and manufactured at the plant, using a good number of identical components. The fleet includes the Unimog implement carrier, the outstandingly agile off-road Unimog, the Econic and the Zetros. All models in the series are subject to the same stringent testing and trial cycles as vehicles from the large-scale production series. Our passion for commercial vehicles is best expressed in the Wörth plant's motto: "Our mission is to get a little better each day so we can fulfil our brand pledge to our customers: Trucks you can trust."

Cooperation with body manufacturers.

Valuable partnerships.

Mercedes-Benz has been working closely with international implement and body manufacturers for decades, combining specialist experience and expertise with the in-depth knowledge of competent partners. The most stringent requirements for the best system solutions.