IVECO TAKES THE X-WAY. | Truck Review -Stralis X-Way project results from a four-year engineering programme between IVECO Australia and IVECO global engineering teams

Win today and sell tomorrow! That was always the edict that supported car manufacturers going into motorsport events, and, at a recent IVECO launch in Melbourne, the truck maker followed the tradition by including the attendance of V8 Supercar driver, Jamie Whincup, backing his presence with a performance by Australian music icon Daryl Braithwaite.

The event in question was the launch by IVECO Australia of its new Euro 6 Stralis range known as X-Way, and was held to profile the new model to PowerTorque, along with the dealer group and key customers.

The Stralis X-Way project results from a four-year engineering programme between IVECO Australia and IVECO global engineering teams to build a truck that is suited to Australia’s unique operating environment, using the technology and safety innovations from IVECO headquarters in Italy.

IVECO has launched the X-Way with the marketing slogan “Perfect-Crossing,” which is a European theme that sits well with what the company has produced for the Australian market. This is a truck that is ideal for use primarily on-road, but that still has the ability to operate off-road with decent ground clearance and mobility.

IVECO has initially launched the X-Way in three key models, namely a 6×4 prime mover with a GCM of 45 tonnes, and rigid trucks available in both 6×4 and 8×4 format. The rigid trucks feature GVMs that run up to 30 tonnes for the 8×4, and offer GCMs on the rigid range between 40 to 45 tonnes. Those that need higher weights can seek approval for operation in set circumstances direct from IVECO Australia.

Significantly, the X-Way range will be built in Australia, at IVECO’s Dandenong manufacturing facility, produced in conjunction with the current generation of Euro 5 Stralis AS-L, the ACCO and the Delta/Graduate bus chassis.

There are three different cabin options, which include a day cabin, sleeper cabin and Active Space sleeper cabin for both prime mover and rigid models – the trucks are available in a variety of wheelbase lengths to suit most common environments into which the X-Way will typically operate.

The biggest change for the new X-Way is the engine, which runs from day-one conforming to Euro 6 emissions standards, courtesy of using IVECO’s patented HI-SCR technology, which, unlike its competitors, requires no parked regeneration.

Powering the new X-Ways are three IVECO Cursor engines, available in 9, 11, and 13-litre displacement. All three engines are common-rail injected with increased power and torque outputs. The entry-level engine is the Cursor 9, which produces 310 hp, and 1300 Nm, with alternatives running through to 510 hp and 2300 Nm for the range-topping Cursor 13. The two larger engines, the 11 and 13-litre variants, include a new turbo that offers better response from low engine RPM and increased engine brake performance.

Other upgrades across the Cursor engine family include new rings and pistons, with reduced engine friction. The high-pressure fuel injection system delivers the fuel to each cylinder at 2200 bar to provide better fuel economy and increased performance.

The standout feature is the HI-SCR system IVECO uses to achieve Euro 6 emissions standards, as tested in the Eurocargo last year. The Hi-SCR system is a single after-treatment device with a passive DPF that does not require any driver intervention or parked regeneration when clogged. Other benefits include lower fuel consumption and also reduced tare weight.

The X-Way features a new generation of 12-speed AMT transmission known as the HiTroniX, which is a direct-drive unit sourced from ZF. Key features include faster change times and also advanced software to ensure the right gear is selected at the right time, dependent upon load, gradient, throttle input and other factors.

Service life of the transmission has been greatly extended with ZF claiming a service life of 1.6 million kilometres. Built-in unique features include Rocking and Creeping mode, with the latter being beneficial when hooking up to trailers. The Rocking mode assists the truck to regain traction when off-road on slippery terrain.

In line with the current trend for AMTs, the HiTroniX transmission features an Eco-Roll mode. This disengages the gearbox when the truck is coasting and uses the kinetic energy of the vehicle as propulsion when there is no throttle or brake input from the driver, with the benefit being to increase fuel efficiency.

With regards to safety, the X-Way certainly delivers with a myriad of standard features on all prime mover and rigid models that include an electronic braking system (EBS) with brake assistance system (BAS), electronic stability program (ESP), hill holder, adaptive cruise control (ACC), advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), and daytime running lights. Prime mover versions also feature a standard extended catwalk allowing for safer access to the back of cabin area to connect air hoses or conduct maintenance. Optionally available are a hydraulic transmission retarder, lane departure warning system, driver attention support, and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The new Australian produced X-Way range is backed with a two-year/500,000-km standard warranty.

The evening festivities were not just focused on the Stralis, but also encompassed the release of the new-generation ACCO – the stalwart of waste collection and concrete agitators in this country for decades.

The current ACCO cabin was due for revision as its long-standing design wasn’t able to meet Euro 6 emission standards demanded by many councils for waste collection duties. The upgrade also took into consideration the need to wiring infrastructure to enable the inclusion of some of the new safety technology demanded by such operators.

Manufacture of the new ACCO will continue at IVECO’s Melbourne facility, where it will share key design strengths with the X-Way range. There are a number of key differences deemed necessary for the vocations in which the ACCO typically plays, which include an Allison automatic transmission, dual-control for side-loader bin lifting, high steel bumpers for increased ground clearance in landfill sites, mesh grills on the headlights for protection, and also specific wheelbases to suit the bodies fitted by waste body manufactures such as Superior Pak and Bucher Municipal.

The new truck will continue to be produced in both 6×4 and 8×4 configurations with two-leaf parabolic springs on the front and eight-bag IVECO rear suspension with ECAS. Rear axles will continue to be sourced from Meritor, with cross locks and traction control for off-road mobility.

All the new ACCO models will, in future, be powered by the Euro 6 emissions compliant IVECO Cursor 9 engines using the Hi-SCR system. Power and torque ratings extend from 310 hp through to 360 hp, and from 1300 to 1650 Nm. Cummins engine options will no longer be offered, and the driveline will continue to feature the Allison six-speed automatic transmission together with the industry-favoured Chelsea PTO.

The new cabin infrastructure from the Stralis/X-Way range has enabled IVECO Australia to make some dramatic upward shifting of the goal posts with regards to safety. Standard fit now includes adaptive cruise control (ACC), anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic braking system (EBS), advanced emergency braking (AEBS), and electronic stability programme (ESP). Other benefits include an axle load indicator to eliminate overloading, electronic battery cut-out and also LED daytime running lights and rear lights.

The fundamentals of the hard-working interior found on the old ACCO range continue into the new models, albeit with modern updates including ISRI air-suspension seats, automatic climate control, and heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors. Cabin access has played a crucial part in the design process, given the vocations the ACCO works in typically require multiple entries and exits from the cabin in each shift of work.

Buyers for the new ACCO will need to exercise patience, as the trucks are still in the development process and an on-sale date has yet to be confirmed. Once the manufacturer has completed its testing of the various bodies available, the changes will be validated by working with key customers to ensure durability and to gauge both owner and driver feedback before the truck goes on sale to the general public.

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