Iveco have launched the next generation of the Stralis model with a new drive line and more powerful electronics, claiming fuel savings of over ten per cent. The New Stralis XP follows the Stralis Hi-Way, launched in 2012, retaining the cabin and SCR only emission control technology, but not for all drivelines.
Some of the engines, in trucks designed for long international haulage in Europe, will include an element of EGR. This will run at eight per cent recirculation and, Iveco claim, will not require increased cooling in the European market. The Stralis 480XP and 570XP models in Europe, designed for extra-long haul missions, will feature the new Smart EGR.
For Europe, the Cursor 13 engine will be offered up to 570 hp. However, any introduction in Australia is likely to take some time and this higher horsepower option is unlikely to make it here.
According to the launch release, all the improvements and new features generate fuel savings of up to 11 per cent, while other new services on offer can add further savings of up to three per cent. Iveco is reckoning its new models will be able to improve the total cost of ownership of a Stralis in long-haul applications by 5.6 per cent.
“The New Stralis XP is a truck at the leading edge of technology that delivers an extraordinary TCO (total cost of ownership) and CO2 performance,” said Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President. “It is the perfect truck for long haulage operators: from their vehicles they want no stoppages, no troubles, no downtime and low TCO. With our unique approach that integrates perfectly product and services, we developed a vehicle of outstanding reliability and fuel economy that comes with our uptime guarantee and a whole range of new services to help them manage their fleets efficiently. The New Stralis XP is a true TCO2 Champion born to run on all European motorways.”
One of the fuel saving strategies is the, so called, Smart Auxiliaries which automatically disconnect or go into energy-saving mode when they are not needed. The components include the clutch compressor and air processing unit, energy-recovery alternator with intelligent battery monitoring and a variable-flow steering pump.
Iveco is also introducing its predictive GPS-based Hi-Cruise system which controls eco-roll, gear shifting and cruise control. This is coupled with the new 12-speed Hi-Tronix AMT, developed in collaboration with ZF. The claimed shifting time has been reduced by 10 per cent, with improved durability. It also features a slow manoeuvring mode for low-speed operation, working like a torque-converter transmission, a rocking back and forwards function, four reverse gears and a new range of PTOs.
The new AMT, along with a taller rear axle ratio of 2.47 is reckoned to translate into a seven per cent reduction in engine rpm.
Iveco are also going down the onboard monitoring and training route with the TCO2 LIVE modular program, with a detailed report on the fuel consumption of each vehicle in the fleet emailed to the customer every week, and fuel efficiency advice based on real-life truck analysis.