The new XF, XG and XG+ are the models being unveiled as the completely new big cabin DAF range is launched. The new trucks are claimed to offer a 10 per cent improved fuel efficiency, a full suite of passive and active safety features and the next level of luxury in truck design. The New Generation DAF begins production for the European market in October.
The New Generation XF features a full new cab design with a 160 mm extension at the front to improve aerodynamics, increase energy efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. In combination with a large windscreen and ultra-low belt line, the new cabin design offers improved direct vision, while standing height in the new XF is between 1,900 and 2,075 mm, depending on the position within the cab.
As part of the New Generation DAF is introducing the XG and XG+, introducing a larger cabin design, which also has the 160 mm forward extension, plus 330 mm extra at the rear of the cab increasing space to work, live and sleep. The cab on the XG and XG+ sits 125 mm higher than the New Generation XF. The XG cab interior offers a standing height from 1,980 to 2,105 mm and more interior space.
These new cabin designs have an interior volume of 12.5 m3, the DAF XG+ has even 14 per cent more volume than the current DAF XF Super Space Cab.
The New Generation DAF XF, XG and XG+ are equipped with new powertrains, featuring new engine and transmission technologies and rear axle innovations.
Combustion of the 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 and 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engines has been optimised through the use of new injectors, a new cylinder head and block, allowing higher cylinder pressures, and newly designed pistons and liners. A new generation of efficient turbo chargers are fitted to improve air management and new air compressors, oil pumps and alternators ensure parasitic losses are reduced to a minimum.
The DAF XF, XG and XG+ are equipped with a TraXon automated gearbox as standard, featuring new technologies like automatic drive-off gear selection, enhanced predictive features and (optional) urge-to-move. For maximum driveline efficiency, rear axles with reduced oil levels and new pinion bearings are employed. A new generation of brake calipers is said to result in less frictional losses and a lower weight.
The new PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines come with torque increases of 50 to 100 Nm in direct drive top gear. The top-rated 390kW/530 hp version now offers 2,550 Nm in every lower gear and 2,700 Nm in top gear. The new generation HE400 turbocharger improves air management, strengthening down-speeding performances with maximum torque now available at 900 rpm, even for the 390kW/530 hp PACCAR MX-13 engine. In addition, the engine brake delivers up to 20 per cent more torque at lower revs.
A new optional feature, is the DAF Digital Vision System, replacing the main and wide-angle mirrors. The cameras further enhance direct vision, while also increasing aerodynamic performance, contributing to highest fuel efficiency. Additional features include auto panning (following the rear of the trailer while cornering) and display overlays for additional information on the length of the vehicle, which is helpful for example when manoeuvring and overtaking. Even under extreme weather conditions, the heated cameras provide a clear view. As an industry-first, the cameras are electrically retractable. The DAF Corner View is an option to replace the kerb and front view mirrors with cameras.
On the XF, XG and XG+ a full range of active safety devices is offered. These include Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning System and Emergency Brake Lights. The latest version of Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS-3) can provide up to full autonomous emergency braking to assist with collision avoidance of both stationary and moving vehicles from a speed of up to 80 km/h. City Turn Assist system detects other road users or objects at the co-driver side.
Other optional systems include the new DAF Electronic Park Brake, engaging the brakes automatically when the engine is switched off. Low Speed Trailer Brake activates the trailer brakes independently for safe trailer coupling and decoupling. Park Brake Assist engages all brakes along with the park brake to ensure that the truck does not move during loading or unloading with a crane, or whilst operating a tipping body.