The taller cab option, which provides more headroom and space, was first debuted on a special 25th anniversary Mercedes-Benz Actros in May, but now the GigaSpace cab has been added more broadly to the manufacturer’s options list.
People were given a first glimpse of the GigaSpace cab at the Brisbane Truck Show in May, where the Actros 25 Driver Edition made its public debut.
But given how well it’s been received, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has made it an ongoing fixture in Australia and New Zealand.
This spacious cab features 2.13 metres of interior height, measured from the floor between the seats to the ceiling, providing ample room for the tallest drivers.
Other benefits of the GigaSpace include the increased storage with three large cupboards built into the front of the truck, sitting above the windscreen. An optional microwave can be installed in the centre cupboard.
These cupboards are in addition to the space under the bunk, which can include two pull out fridges that are within arms’ reach of the driver.
The standard Actros fixed bed provides a width of 750mm (without any foldout sections) and the locally-sourced thick inner-spring mattress aids in a restful night’s sleep. The GigaSpace can also be fitted with an additional second fold down bunk bed for those who need to double up.
While the GigaSpace cab is taller, it is no longer than the standard Actros cab, maintaining its versatility regarding overall length regulations.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also taken the opportunity to introduce an improved version of its optional MirrorCam system. The Actros was the first truck manufacturer to replace traditional mirrors with cameras relaying the footage onto screens in the cabin in Australia and New Zealand in 2020. Apart from reducing drag, the cameras also improve visibility by removing the traditional mirrors from the driver’s field of view.
The exterior camera wing has been redesigned and is now 100mm shorter, while the screen resolution has been improved along with the low-light visibility.
Mercedes-Benz Vice President, Andrew Assimo, says the new options were added in response to customer feedback. “We are always looking for ways to further refine our trucks for the very specific needs of our Australian and New Zealand customers,” he said, adding that the GigaSpace option has already proven popular in Europe.
“We like to offer our customers as much choice as we can and we think the GigaSpace cab will really hit the spot for some operators with the additional storage and additional interior height,” he concludes.