The main features of the wheel loader L 542 2plus1 are cost-effectiveness and environmental-friendliness. In practice, this wheel loader consumes up to 25 % less fuel than comparable machines from other manufacturers under the same operating conditions. This wheel loader is equipped with a 2plus1 gearbox. Tractive force and speed are adapted to suit demand automatically and without gear changes. Even the change from forward to reverse travel is controlled hydraulically, so that no mechanical reverse gear is required.