Iveco has its eyes firmly on our roads — and off them
IVECO is preparing for a big year in 2013. The Italian company, one of the few brands with a production facility in Australia, introduced a heavy-duty road-train-ready locally made Powerstar 7800 this year.
But Iveco is looking to Europe for a big boost next year. It will bring at least two major European trucks to Australia later in the year, the new Stralis on-highway cabover and the new Trakker, its go-anywhere off-road specialist.
Iveco presented both of the trucks for the first time to the public at October’s Hanover commercial vehicle show.
The tarmac-friendly Stralis will be the biggest seller but the off-road Trakker has a crucial role to play given the strong demand in construction and mining for a truck not limited to well-made roads.
The new Trakker takes on the new cabin that was first seen when Iveco presented the newgeneration Stralis.
The cab features a more modern design, with a fresh front-end styling that includes revised air scoops at each side of the cabin. A chunky new single-piece grille replaces a two-piece unit and the middle of the top grille edge is recessed to give the Iveco badge greater prominence. The leading edge of the cab is now made from a single piece, rather than the two pieces of the previous trucks.
The Trakker retains the same door design of the previous truck.
It’s a different story on the inside, where significant changes have been made.
The new Trakker features new door backing, dashboard, fresh seats and also overhead consoles.
Its dashboard has been reshaped and the centre now protrudes, wrapping around the driver. A bank of dashboard switches is far more accessible and a large flat section atop the dashboard has a rubber mat designed to hold a range of items. Iveco says redesigned storage compartments will better hold documents, tablet computers and maps.
A new instrument cluster is not only easy to read but also has a better quality look— Iveco says the new interior plastics are non-reflective and are made from a material that is ‘‘ pleasant to the touch’’.
It has fitted the truck out with advanced seats, including an optional pew that has a heating and ventilating function.
There are two cabs. The HiLand is the short day-cab with a low roof and the Hi-Track is the longer sleeper cab with high or low roof.
All Trakkers run Cursor sixcylinder engines, 8.0 or 13.0 litres, with outputs from 224kW (300hp) to 373kW (500hp). A more advanced Euro VI version of the Cursor is available in the Stralis in Europe but the Trakker continues with the Euro V version.
Iveco Australia was not interested in the Euro VI version— trucks in Australia will not be required to match the Euro VI standard for several years.
An ‘‘ intarder’’, which uses the transmission to slow the truck, saves using the service brakes.
Four ZF transmissions are available, nine and 16-speed manuals and 12 and 16-speed automatics.
The cab-over Trakker is the staple of Team De Rooy, set to compete in January’s Dakar Rally. Heavily modified versions of the Trakker finished second and sixth in this year’s event and a truck loosely based on an Australian Powerstar bonneted rig won the gruelling event.
Dirty and dusty: Trakkers for off-highway work (top); comforts of the day cab (left); and Miki Biasion in this year’s Dakar Rally