Hardly introduced and already awarded: In the run-up to the BUS2BUS trade fair, which took place in Berlin on April 27 and 28, Daimler Buses received the “busplaner 2022 Innovation Award” for its new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider coach.
Brand new and already award-worthy: the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider for North America
The innovation award for the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is no accident. Whether it’s design, comfort, technology, safety features, individuality or economy – the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider sets the standard for coaches in North America and is full of innovations. Daimler Buses has developed the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider in the Tourrider Business and Premium variants specifically for this market, listening to the wishes of bus operators in the USA and Canada.
Til Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses, said, “We are very pleased to receive this first award for the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider and would like to express our sincere thanks to the readers of busplaner. The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is a true American, created with the entire global know-how of Daimler Buses.”
Innovative assistance systems: 360-degree camera system and ABA 5
In addition to comfort, the focus is also on safety thanks to innovative assistance systems. The 360-degree camera system offers a perfect all-round view when maneuvering as well as in narrow passages. The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is also the first coach to be equipped with the unique Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking system – ABA 5 for short – with pedestrian detection. This assistance system – which is standard in the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider – is the world’s first emergency brake assistant for buses and coaches to be able to perform automated emergency braking to a standstill on stationary or moving obstacles, and now also on people, within the system limits.
Innovative features: Glass roof and ambient lighting
Innovations on the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider include the Top Sky Panorama glass roof (optional on the Tourrider Premium), which provides fascinating views, and the ambient lighting in the passenger compartment, which is also optional. The bus driver can set different colors and select the intensity of the light. In this way, he creates an individual lighting mood to suit the occasion and the passengers.
Typical features for North America are the interior with only one passenger door at the front, a level floor and a passenger compartment layout with evenly spaced double seats and a level toilet area at the rear right in the direction of travel in the last row of seats. The safety bumpers and two-piece windshield, as well as the standard low profile exterior mirror arrangement with flat lenses, also meet requests made overseas.
At the heart of the powertrain is the Mercedes-Benz OM 471 inline six-cylinder engine, which is used in the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider exclusively for coaches in North America. The engine produces 336 kW (456 hp) from a displacement of 12.8 liters and achieves a maximum torque of 2300 Nm. Power is transmitted via a torque converter automatic transmission from Allison.
The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is offered as a three-axle coach with a length of 13.72 m (13.92 m with absorbing bumper) in the two model variants Tourrider Business and Tourrider Premium. In addition to the design and equipment features, they differ in their heights of 3.69 m (Business) and 3.75 m (Premium). This plus benefits the headroom in the interior.
This overall package of design, comfort, technology and safety also appealed to the readers of the trade magazine “busplaner”, who awarded the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider the “Innovation Award 2022”.
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