New Ford Otosan

Ford is ex­pected to launch a new long-haul truck as part of the Otosan range at the Han­nover Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show (IAA) in Septem­ber 2018.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Gia­nen­rico Griffini

Ford is ex­pected to launch a new long-haul truck as part of the Otosan range at the Han­nover Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show (IAA) in Septem­ber 2018.

Aheav­ily cam­ou­flaged long-haul Ford truck was re­cently spot­ted on a Turk­ish high­way in the province of Sakarya, along the Otoyol 4 (O-4), a high­way that con­nects Is­tan­bul to Ankara. Since it was spot­ted in Turkey, chances are high that the truck is made by the Ford joint ven­ture with the Turk­ish Group Koc called Ford Otosan. Claimed to be a new truck rather than a facelift given the di­men­sions of the cab, espe­cially its width and height, vis­ually speak­ing, the new cam­ou­flaged truck spot­ted is quite likely to be pow­ered by a 420 hp (2642T and 1842T) or 480 HP (1848T) Ford Eco­torq en­gine with a dis­place­ment ca­pac­ity of 12.7-litres. In the form of a long-haul trac­tor (prime mover), the truck is cer­tain to be Euro6 com­pli­ant given its Euro­pean cre­den­tials. With the prime movers sold di­rectly by Ford in Argentina and South Amer­ica, and by Ford Trucks in Turkey, Cen­tral and Eastern Europe, Mid­dle East, Africa, Tur­kic Re­publics, Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion. Cen­tral and Euro­pean coun­tries in­clud­ing Ro­ma­nia, Bulgaria, Greece, Hun­gary, Slove­nia, Czech Repub­lic, Slo­vak Repub­lic, Croa­tia and Ukraine, the new cam­ou­flaged truck is cer­tain to have been de­signed and built in Turkey with the tech­ni­cal sup­port of Ford. The 12.7-litre en­gine, an in-line six-cylin­der de­sign, is quite likely to have re­ceived some tweaks to meet the lo­cal

and re­gional re­quire­ments as it is based on the Ford Eco­torq en­gine of the same de­sign as well as the dis­place­ment ca­pac­ity.

The power pro­duced by the en­gine in re­la­tion to the cab di­men­sions and the ap­pli­ca­tion ar­eas sug­gests that Ford Otosan en­gi­neers paid close at­ten­tion to the in­te­gra­tion of var­i­ous ag­gre­gates. The en­gine was de­vel­oped by the Ford Otosan R&D or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pos­sesses the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to de­sign, de­velop, and test a whole ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing its en­gine, from scratch to the com­plete com­mer­cial prod­uct. The Ford Otosan R&D or­gan­i­sa­tion was built with an in­vest­ment of USD 100 mil­lion (over Euro 83 mil­lion). Back to the truck, and the most im­por­tant tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion of the new truck in­volves an au­to­mated gear­box. With an over­all in­vest­ment in re­search and de­vel­op­ment of Euro 49.5 mil­lion, it will be used on the prod­uct range by 2020.

Of­fi­cially de­but­ing in 2020 on a heavy duty trac­tor, the gear­box makes a strate­gic choice for Ford Trucks. Just as it was, a few years ago, the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment its own heavy-duty en­gine, Eco­torq, to re­place the FPT Cur­sor, pre­vi­ously mounted on Ford Trucks. The new 12-speed au­to­mated gear­box, of which Ford Otosan has also de­vel­oped a ‘match­ing’ soft­ware in re­la­tion to the Eco­torq en­gine and the ad­vanced func­tions of the Adap­tive Cruise con­trol (ACC) and pre­dic­tive gear chang­ing (PPC), ac­cord­ing to the route’s al­ti­met­ric pro­file, opens new hori­zons for the Turk­ish truck man­u­fac­turer. Among a host of el­e­ments, of con­cern to Turk­ish truck man­u­fac­tur­ers, as they ad­dress the needs of fleet op­er­a­tors, is con­nec­tiv­ity and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. The cab ex­te­rior of the new long­haul model makes it pos­si­ble to ap­pre­ci­ate the solutions for re­duc­ing aero­dy­namic drag. Solutions like the down­ward ex­ten­sions of the doors to seal (al­most com­pletely) the steps to the driver com­part­ment, and the rounded shape of the roof, in­te­grated by a spoiler of small di­men­sions.

Lit­tle or noth­ing was leaked on the in­te­rior, which should be very dif­fer­ent - given the larger di­men­sions of the cab - from those of cur­rent Ford Trucks. About the en­gine, and the 12.7-litre in-line six-cylin­der unit will power not just the long-haul road trucks and trac­tors for re­gional and national trans­port mis­sions, it will also power 6x4 and 8x4 rigid trucks for the con­struc­tion sec­tor. Ford Trucks of­fers Euro3, Euro5 and Euro6 emis­sion com­pli­ant units, rated be­tween 420 hp and 480 hp, and with a torque range of 2,150 and 2,500 Nm. The 12.7-litre en­gine is equipped with com­mon-rail fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem. It is ca­pa­ble of a peak pres­sure of 2,500 bar, and fea­tures a vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger. The en­gine is fit­ted with a two-speed wa­ter pump and in­tel­li­gent aux­il­iaries with low en­ergy ab­sorp­tion. Start­ing 2009, the 500 hp Eco­torq en­gine will be cou­pled with a new 12-speed au­to­mated trans­mis­sion paving the way for the en­tire driv­e­line to be de­signed and pro­duced in­ter­nally.

CV has been ap­pointed an as­so­ciate mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year (ItoY). Be­ing a part of this as­so­ci­a­tion gives the mag­a­zine ex­clu­sive ar­ti­cles, spe­cially writ­ten for CV by IToY jury mem­bers.

⇧ The Ford Otosan R&D or­gan­i­sa­tion pos­sesses the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to de­sign, de­velop and test a whole ve­hi­cle as well as the ag­gre­gates.

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