With an em­pha­sis on lo­cal pro­duc­tion val­ues, Iveco Aus­tralia is en­tic­ing truck buy­ers to con­sider the qual­i­ties, safety and fuel-sav­ing fea­tures of its in­spir­ing new Stralis X-Way range. Greg Bush writes

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With an em­pha­sis on lo­cal pro­duc­tion val­ues, Iveco is en­tic­ing buy­ers to con­sider the safety and fuel-sav­ing fea­tures of its new Stralis X-Way range

OC­TO­BER 9 and hun­dreds of Iveco cus­tomers from around Aus­tralia flocked to the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre to hear what all the fuss was about. The only clue was an in­vite marked ‘The Fu­ture of Aus­tralian Truck Man­u­fac­tur­ing’, cou­pled with an­other three words – ‘The Per­fect Cross­ing’. It could only be a new model about to the hit the mar­ket, right? As it turned out, the ‘cross­ing’ was a pointer to the launch of the Iveco’s new lo­cally-man­u­fac­tured Stralis X-Way range of prime mover and rigid mod­els, three of which were un­veiled on the night.

Iveco Aus­tralia busi­ness man­ager Bruce Healy points out the tran­si­tion from an im­ported Stralis ATI to the Stralis AT. “Yes, the ‘I’ stands for im­ported,” he says.

“The model range that we’re launch­ing will give you the best of both worlds,” Healy says. “It has the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment and in­put, and it also has the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions from Europe.

“The re­sult is a range of ve­hi­cles that are safer, more fuel ef­fi­cient, and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive, cou­pled with ro­bust un­der­pin­nings and en­hance­ments.

“We be­lieve this is a recipe for suc­cess. We be­lieve that it will ap­peal to our cus­tomers, but also at­tract a whole new range of peo­ple to the Iveco brand.”

Healy says the X-Way range was the cul­mi­na­tion of four years’ work in de­vel­op­ment of both Iveco Aus­tralia and Iveco Global. More im­por­tantly, it was about a multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment by Iveco in Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Marco Quar­anta, Iveco prod­uct man­ager for Aus­tralia and New Zealand, ex­plains that the four-year process in­cluded three im­por­tant rec­om­men­da­tions for de­sign of the new range. Firstly, the low im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. Se­condly, fuel ef­fi­ciency and cost of own­er­ship. And most im­por­tant of all, Quar­anta says, safety on the roads.

Cabs for all oc­ca­sions

There are three cab op­tions for both prime movers and rigids – Day, Sleeper and Ac­tive Space Sleeper, or as Quar­anta re­ferred to the lat­ter, the “long dis­tance sleeper with top com­fort and er­gonomics”.

“In the de­vel­op­ment of the X-Way prod­uct we have also con­sid­ered new seg­ments,” he con­tin­ues. “Like the 6x4 rigid where X-Way of­fers a nine-litre ver­sion, and the 8x4 rigid for

re­gional and in­ter­state dis­tri­bu­tion where X-Way of­fers an 11-litre ver­sion.

“And talk­ing about en­gines, at the very heart of the X-Way there is a range of three en­gines, all with Euro 6 emis­sion lev­els, all equipped with com­mon rail for top ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

The en­gine choices are the Cur­sor 9, 11 and 13, rang­ing from 310 to 510hp (231.2 to 380.3kW), and from 1300Nm to 2300Nm.

“They’re also equipped with a newly de­signed, more pow­er­ful vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bine, called eVGT, man­u­fac­tured by Gar­rett, which guar­an­tees quick re­sponse and top level en­gine brake,” Quar­anta adds.

The en­gines meet Euro 6 stan­dards through Iveco’s Hi-eSCR sys­tem, al­ready in the lat­est Euro­cargo.

“This is a sys­tem which tech­nol­ogy is ex­clu­sive of Iveco; it in­volves a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter, which has a pas­sive re­gen­er­a­tion.

“Pas­sive re­gen­er­a­tion means no im­pact for the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the ve­hi­cle, no down­time, to­tally in­vis­i­ble for the driver.”

For the trans­mis­sion, Iveco has cho­sen the ZF-man­u­fac­tured au­to­mated 12-speed called the HiTroniX. Quar­anta says the HiTroniX, com­pared to other AMT trans­mis­sions on the mar­ket, has a longer life ex­pectancy. In ad­di­tion, the trans­mis­sion boasts ‘Rock­ing’ and ‘Creep­ing’ modes, as well as four re­verse gears, which Quar­anta points out adds to the truck’s manoeuvrability in cer­tain types of sit­u­a­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions.

With noise lev­els be­com­ing more of a stick­ing point in re­cent years, he says there is a clearly a de­mand for quiet ve­hi­cles.

“The X-Way has achieved a re­duc­tion of six deci­bels, both ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal. This is very sig­nif­i­cant and it makes it really the ideal ve­hi­cle for ur­ban ap­pli­ca­tions in highly pop­u­lated ar­eas.”

The em­pha­sis on fuel sav­ing in­no­va­tions was an im­por­tant part of the X-Way pre­sen­ta­tion, the fea­tures in­clud­ing ‘Ecoswitch’, ‘Auto Only Mode’, ‘Ecoroll’, ‘Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol’, ‘Gap Set­ting’ and en­gine anti-idling.

With Ecoswitch en­gaged, the speed limiter’s de­fault set­ting is 95km/h, which Quar­anta says is ideal for sit­u­a­tions of low pay­load.

Auto Only Mode al­lows the HiTroniX to se­lect the cor­rect and most fuel ef­fi­cient gear for the oc­ca­sion, while Ecoroll dis­en­gages the driv­e­line, re­cov­er­ing the ve­hi­cle’s in­er­tia, there­fore sav­ing en­ergy and, hence, fuel.

Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol is be­com­ing a reg­u­lar fea­ture on most Euro­pean trucks, how­ever Gap Set­ting on the new Stralis al­lows drivers to set the speed and the dis­tance be­tween the truck and other ve­hi­cles.

Lastly, anti-idling cuts the en­gine off af­ter five min­utes of con­tin­u­ous idling. “The driver has con­trol of this de­vice,” Quar­anta says. “It can be dis­abled and is au­to­mat­i­cally dis­abled in the pres­ence of power take off.”

Adding to the safety pack­age, the X-Way range of prime movers and rigid mod­els come with an Elec­tronic Brak­ing Sys­tem (EBS) as stan­dard, which in­cludes Brake As­sis­tance Sys­tem (BAS), Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Pro­gram (ESP), Hill Holder and the Ad­vanced Emer­gency Brak­ing Sys­tem (AEBS).

The new Stralis X-Way AT prime mover

The Stralix X-Way makes the “per­fect cross­ing” to the podium at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre

A Euro­pean ver­sion of the Stralis X-Way tip­per

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