Drilling down into the new Scania ‘New Truck Generation’ (NTG) is full of innovation. There is a big flat-floored cabin coming – the S Series – which is just like the R Series, only higher. There is also the XT Series, a robust variation aimed at the bulk construction materials sector, well suited to mining applications. It’s a wide range of new product to carry the brand through for many years to come.
The new Scania models are now in Australia, and Diesel News tried out a couple of the new models on a drive, pulling B-doubles from Sydney to Melbourne. This is a route over which many of the new models will ply their trade, and it has the right combination of undulation and flat running to get a feel for how the new trucks perform.
At the lower end of the scale, there’s an all-new engine, a Euro 6–compliant seven-litre for the lighter end of the P Series range. This comes from the long-term cooperation with Cummins and is based on one of the red engine maker’s engine blocks.
There are major upgrades for the five-cylinder, nine-litre engine, and the six-cylinder 13- and 16-litre engines. They will be available as both Euro-5 and Euro-6 compliant. Some of these engines are selective catalytic reduction (SCR) only, as Scania moves away from the limitations of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
At the top of the range, Scania is the last truck maker to offer a V8 engine. Ratings available will be 580, 650 and 730hp. With these engines, prime-mover onboard fuel capacity will be 1,100 litres for the Euro-6 version, and 1,210 litres for the Euro-5.
Power rating on the 13-litre now maxes out at 500hp (368kW), with 2,550Nm (1,881 ft lb) of torque. It will be available with the narrow, low G Series cabin, at 370, 410, 450 and 500hp.
The P Series can be fitted with Euro-5 and Euro-6 compliant five- and six-cylinder engines, all the way from 280hp through 320hp, and 360hp up to 370hp (380hp for Euro 5) and on to 450hp for the 13-litre. The new seven-litre engine is Euro-6 compliant only at 220, 250 and 280hp outputs.
In terms of safety, these new models include a first – a rollover side-curtain airbag – fitted as standard on all models. This is a step-change for trucks both here and in Europe, with no other truck brand offering a comparable system, yet.
The front axle has been moved 50mm forward from the current range, useful to Australian operators dealing with the restrictive 6.5-tonne axle mass limit. All of the extra equipment on board still means prime-mover configuration will be a fine art when it comes to the load over the front end.
The cabin is new, with a number of changes to the basic design. But the conservative Swedes have designed the cabin to look like an evolution of its predecessor. It looks a lot more rectangular, with the drivers seat moved forward and towards the door. By using an A pillar much reduced in width, the new cabin’s visibility is excellent, even in the taller cabins.
All of the latest technology in safety systems we have seen introduced across several European brands are included in the package from Scania. The list includes advanced emergency braking system (AEB), which provides semi-autonomous protection; adaptive cruise control (ACC) with ‘active prediction’, which monitors topography for improved fuel saving strategies; electronic stability program (ESC) and lane departure warning (LDW). All of these systems come as standard on the new models.