The high-decker Tourismo coach tops in economy, safety technologies, and comfort levels.
Daimler has unveiled the latest version of its premium coach `Tourismo RHD High Deck´ at the just concluded 2017 Busworld Europe in Kortrijk, Belgium. Aimed at business-class long-distance regular-service and touring segments, the flagship coach is set to set to supersede Europe’s best-selling high-deck touring coach after eleven years. The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo range now consists of four left-hand-drive models, four right-hand-drive variants, and one high-decker.
The bus maker claims that the fuel consumption of the executive coach has been significantly reduced up to 4.5 percent, thanks to improved aerodynamics and weight-saving up to 200 kgs. With the efficiency tweaks done to the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz OM 470 10.7-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine, the cost savings extends as much as 7 percent, adds Daimler. This power train generates 456 hp (335 kW) of max power.
An option of a compact 7.7-litre in-line 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 936 engine generating 354 hp (260 kW) is also available in the Tourismo range. Both the engines are either paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox or the GO 250-8 PowerShift fully automated 8-speed transmission. Other optional equipment include Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) or Eco Driver Feedback (EDF) system for tracking and guiding driving style, fuel consumption and emissions.
Safety is perhaps synonymous to the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RHD High Deck. Active safety technologies on board the bus includes Active Brake Assist 3 (ABA 3), adaptive cruise control and Attention Assist (AtAs) system that detects driver drowsiness. Daimler has also announced that the new Active Brake Assist 4 technology will be offered in high-decker from spring 2018 onwards. This is the only emergency braking system for touring coaches that are responsive to pedestrians as well.
Passive safety wise, the Tourismo RHD High Deck comes loaded with the unique Front Collision Guard (FCG) technology. It protects the driver and co-driver in the event of a collision by effectively dissipate the energy of the impact.
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