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Mercedes to debut SoloStar concept in Brisbane

Mercedes-Benz has announced it will debut a new concept for truck cabs as part of its display at the Brisbane Truck Show.

Known as SoloStar, the spacious lounge cab is an innovative concept that will be showcased on the commercial vehicle manufacturer’s new generation truck. 

Mercedes-Benz currently offers a fixed 750mm mattress, the biggest in Australia, on its large sleeper cab.

The new SoloStar concept, which premiered at the 2018 IAA Truck Show offers an even larger mattress and a lounge style plan so that the living space in the cab is maximised to create two distinct spaces for resting and sleeping. 

When the bed is folded up against the wall, the driver can enjoy a corner lounge-style seat that rests in the back corner of the cab and opens up additional legroom.

During rest stops the lounge-style seat can be used by the driver or used as a traditional passenger seat.

It folds forward to allow extra room for a large bed.

Mercedes-Benz has developed upon the European SoloStar concept, widening the bed to suit local requirements.

The Australian version has also been further developed to include a dual fridge set-up, which sits below a fixed table, as well as a row of cabinets mounted high on the back wall for optimum storage.

Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Australia Director Michael May said the new Generation Mercedes-Benz truck has been well received by drivers in Australia.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback about our current sleeper option and we thought we could expand on this and see what our customers think about the SoloStar Concept option, which delivers a larger bed as well as a cavernous rest option within our existing cab,” he said.

“We think it is a great way to further increase driver comfort out on the road, without adding weight and we want to see whether it ticks all the boxes with our customers.”

Maximisation of the existing cab interior, according to the company, has not meant any changes have been required of the external structure of the cab.

This should provide an incentive for companies trying to keeps down costs and avoid weight gains detrimental to productivity.

The integrity of the original cabin, which passes both the ECE-R29 crash test standard and the Swedish cab strength standard, has also been maintained.

SoloStar will be one of several attractions on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Brisbane Truck Show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 16 to 19.

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