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English   The new Mercedes-Benz Intouro
07.12.2006 von admin

Ergonomically designed driver’s area with well thought-out stowage concept

Like the centre aisle, the driver’s area of the new Intouro rural-service bus is situated 860 mm above the road surface. As in all Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches, the newly designed cockpit, whose appearance is based on the driver’s area of the Mercedes-Benz touring coaches, places particular emphasis on meeting the needs of the driver and follows ergonomic principles. All the controls are arranged within easy reach in a semicircle in front of the driver. Immediately ahead of the driver, the instrument cluster features a large, clearly legible speed-ometer and rev counter. The central digital display provides the driver with the key information required for the task in hand. Easy, unobstructed access to the driver’s area is ensured by the adjustable steering column which is released by means of a pneumatic system.

Spacious stowage compartments are situated to the left of the driver’s area along with an open stowage tray on a base and – also within easy reach – the parking brake which is integrated in the new side panelling. An optional refrigerator with a capacity of 50 litres can be installed in the right-hand section of the instrument panel within the driver’s field of vision.

Powerful and economical Euro-4 engines with Blue-Tec diesel technology

Both variants of the Mercedes-Benz Intouro are driven by a vertically mounted Mercedes-Benz OM 926 LA six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with a displacement of 7.2 litres. In its standard form, it has an output of 210 kW (285 hp) and maxi-mum torque of 1120 Nm at an engine speed of 1200 – 1600 rpm. The powerful turbodiesel engine with Blue-Tec diesel technology based on the SCR principle complies with the EU’s Euro-4 emissions standard. It is characterised not only by its low pollutant emissions, but also by its highly economical operating profile re-sulting from its low fuel consumption. Positioned centrally, the engine can be accessed easily for maintenance work. Power transmission is performed by a Mercedes-Benz GO 110 six-speed manual transmission.

Active and passive safety features

As in every bus and coach from Mercedes-Benz, safety is very much a priority in the Mercedes-Benz Intouro. Whereas the Conecto Ü, the comparable predecessor model, still had drum brakes, the new Intouro is equipped as standard with disc brakes all round. In order to reduce service and maintenance costs, all the wheels are equipped with identical brake discs. The new rural-service bus is equipped as standard with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and acceleration skid control (ASR). It is also possible to specify the Intouro with a hydrodynamic Voith retarder as a wear-free solution which reduces the demands made on the service brake.

The passive safety offered by the Intouro is enhanced significantly by the design of the bodyshell, which uses a system of annular frame members consisting of a series of transverse tubular elements connected by means of side members. This gives the vehicle a high level of torsional stiffness. The bodyshell skeleton goes through a cathodic dip priming process, in the course of which it is completely immersed in order to ensure that it is primed comprehensively and thus provided with optimum corrosion protection.

Like all other Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches, the Intouro can call on the tight-knit, Europe-wide Omniplus service network, as well as on the many Mercedes-Benz authorised dealers and company-owned sales and service outlets.

Photos and text:
EvoBus GmbH - Mercedes-Benz Omnibusse

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