The automated gearshift
with a star.
Providing over 30 years of experience and expertise in the production of automated manual transmissions for trucks, Mercedes PowerShift features sophisticated control technology for gear changing, as well as a range of new functions for improved vehicle handling and enhanced driving comfort.
Thanks to its rugged gearbox technology and superior shift strategy, the risk of gearshift errors is eliminated, which reduces wear, improves driving performance and increases safety.
Economic and safe driving.
Everytime and everywhere.
The optimal gear selection of Mercedes PowerShift supports an economic and fuel efficient driving style. All shift operations take place in the optimal rpm range, which minimizes wear on the transmission and engine. Mercedes PowerShift functions are selectable by the driver and enable:
- greater economy
- maximized vehicle performance
- enhanced driving and operating comfort
Enhances fuel efficiency: the EcoRoll mode.
The EcoRoll mode supports the driver by keeping the truck rolling without touching the pedals. It is activated at speeds exceeding 55 km/h, in case of no acceleration or braking for a second. Powertrain deceleration is interrupted by automatically setting the transmission to a neutral position. As soon as the brake or accelerator is applied again, the correct gear is selected automatically.
Providing full engine performance:
the Kick-down function.
Mercedes PowerShift moreover offers a kick-down function which is activated when the accelerator pedal is fully pressed, delivering a burst of power and torque. This provides a valuable margin of extra performance, versatility and safety, especially in situations such as overtaking or joining fast-flowing traffic.
Power at the push of a button: the Power mode.
The Power mode enables the driver to call upon enhanced power over a short period. This increases the vehicle’s agility and allows the driver to mobilize power reserves in specific situations, e.g. on uphill stretches, when joining motorway traffic or when overtaking. Power mode is deactivated automatically after ten minutes and the system returns from a power-focused to a consumption-optimized driving style.
Enhanced ride comfort and safety:
the Cruise control function.
Thanks to an extended tolerance range, the drive and braking cruise-control systems deliver improved ride comfort and optimum exploitation of the EcoRoll mode. Where the usual speed tolerance for the cruise control is fixed at 4 km/h, with Mercedes PowerShift it can now be set to anywhere between 2 and 15 km/h. This enables the driver to get the most out of vehicle momentum, lowers fuel consumption and raises the average speed.
To control even the harshest conditions:
the Rocking free mode.
Rocking free mode assists the driver if a vehicle gets stuck in a recess on a soft surface. Activated at the touch of a button, it can be utilized for all pulling-away gears (forward and reverse) up to a speed of 5 km/h. Pressing the accelerator pedal simultaneously engages the clutch. Quickly releasing the accelerator disengages the clutch – causing the vehicle to roll back and forth, creating a rocking motion, which helps the vehicle getting free.
Precise and convenient maneuvering with the Maneuvering mode.
Exact, smooth start-off and precisely metered vehicle motion – the maneuvering mode ensures optimum comfort and safety even in difficult driving scenarios. Sensitive clutch control is guaranteed by providing the full range of the accelerator pedal and engine speeds up to 1,000 rpm. Maneuvering mode can be operated in the first forward gear and the first reverse gear.
For more comfortable backwards driving:
the Rapid reverse program.
Mercedes PowerShift features four reverse gears, making reversing easier than ever before. Two of the four reverse gears offer a rapid transmission ratio at higher speeds. This is highly beneficial for extended distances in reverse or long access lanes without turning opportunity.
Greater ease of handling with the Direct shift function.
Another convenient feature of Mercedes PowerShift is the ability to switch directly from first gear into reverse. Engaging neutral in the process is no longer necessary. Direct shift between 1 and R assists the driver when maneuvering, enabling him to move the vehicle forward and backward faster and more conveniently. This saves time and hassles, easing the driver's workload.
How to benefit from Mercedes PowerShift?
Mercedes PowerShift not only optimises the profitability of the fleet owners business in terms of reduced fuel consumption, reliability and lower TCO, but also reduces the strain on the driver. The precise selection of gears and shorter shift times as well as the transmission of higher torques and outputs deliver superior performance, safety and ease of operation.