Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has unveiled a drivers' special model of its heavy-duty truck the Actros which is full of optional technology, comfort and visual enhancements.

A maximum of 100 Actros1 tractor units are being built and go on sale in Marchand aimed at owner-drivers.

Based on the 6x2 chassis with range-topping GigaSpace cab, Actros1 comes in either distinctive black or silver/black colour schemes. Most customers are likely to choose the 2563LS variant with mighty 460kW (625hp) version of the state-of-the-art OM473 15.6-litre, six-cylinder engine, but the 2553LS model with second-generation 12.8-litre OM471 with 390 kW (530 hp) output is also available as a highly fuel-efficient alternative.

As well as a Safety Pack that includes the Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist systems, and a driver's airbag, it comes with a high-performance engine brake and tyre pressure monitor.

Meanwhile, fuel efficiency is enhanced by the Predictive Powertrain Control system and Fleetboard telematics hardware.

The vehicle also comes with the Mercedes-Benz Uptime maintenance technology. Thanks to an array of sensors which monitor the condition of the vehicle constantly, the customer's allocated Dealer knows precisely what is required before the truck reaches the workshop and can order parts in advance while allocating sufficient time during a single visit to complete all tasks.

Inside, the Style Line interior design is complemented by a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Comfort leather massage seats for driver and co-driver, a multimedia entertainment system and a Premium Comfort mattress. Practical features include automatic climate control, an electric sunroof and sunblind, a microwave and pull-out refrigerator and rear overhead lockers.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks marketing communications manager Ben Grayson said: 'Actros1 brings together the very best Mercedes-Benz has to offer in terms of performance, comfort, safety, economy and maximised use, in a stunningly designed package which will make it the envy of every other driver on the road'