- Brand new and already award winning: the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider for North America
- Innovative assistance systems: 360-degree camera system and ABA 5
- Innovative equipment: glass roof and ambient lighting
Stuttgart/Berlin – Only just launched and already award winning: in the run-up to the BUS2BUS trade fair on 27 and 28 April in Berlin, Daimler Buses was pleased to accept the “busplaner Innovation Award 2022” for the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider touring coach.
Brand new and already award winning: the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider for North America
The Innovation Award for the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is no coincidence. Whether design, comfort, technology, safety features, individuality or economy – the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is a milestone for touring coaches in North America and is packed full of innovations. Daimler Buses has developed the Mercedes‑Benz Tourrider in the Tourrider Business and Premium variants especially for this market, having listened carefully to the wishes of bus operators in the USA and Canada.
Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses: “We are delighted to receive this first award for the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider and would like to thank the readers of busplaner. The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is a true US-American, created with the entire global expertise of Daimler Buses.”
Innovative assistance systems: 360-degree camera system and ABA 5
In addition to comfort, the focus of the coach is on safety thanks to innovative assistance systems. The 360-degree camera system offers perfect all-round visibility when manoeuvring and in tight spaces. The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is also the first touring coach to feature the unique emergency braking assistance system Active Brake Assist 5 – ABA 5 for short – with pedestrian detection. Within the limits of the system, the assistance system – standard equipment in the Mercedes‑Benz Tourrider – is the world’s first emergency braking assistant for buses and coaches to be able to carry out automated maximum full-stop braking for stationary and moving obstacles, and now also for pedestrians.
Innovative equipment: glass roof and ambient lighting
The innovations on the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider include the Top Sky Panorama glass roof (optional on the Tourrider Premium) for fascinating views and optional ambient lighting in the passenger compartment. The driver of the coach can set different colours and select the light intensity to create an individual lighting mood that suits the occasion and the passengers.
Typical features for North America include a single passenger door at the front, a level floor and a passenger compartment layout with evenly distributed double seats and a toilet room at ground level at the rear right in the direction of travel, in the last row of seats. The safety bumpers and the split windscreen as well as the standard low arrangement of the exterior mirrors with flat lenses also meet overseas requirements.
At the heart of the drive system is the in-line six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 471 – in the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider exclusively for touring coaches in North America. With a displacement of 12.8 litres, the engine delivers 336 kW (456 hp) and a maximum torque of 2300 Nm. Power is transferred by an Allison automatic transmission with torque converter.
The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is available as a three-axle touring coach with a vehicle length of 13.72 m (including 13.92 m absorber bumper) in the two model variants – Tourrider Business and Tourrider Premium. In addition to design and equipment features, they differ in their height – 3.69 metres (Business) and 3.75 metres (Premium). An additional benefit is the headroom in the passenger compartment.
The readers of the specialist “busplaner” magazine also recognised this overall package of design, comfort, technology and safety and bestowed the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider with the “Innovation Award 2022”.