There’s a new Australian-built heavy-duty truck on offer with Iveco Australia this week commencing local production of the Stralis X-Way.
Revealed last night in Melbourne, we were on hand for the event with many of Iveco’s dealers and most enthusiastic customers also on hand.
The new offering, now being built on the same line as the ACCO at Iveco’s Dandenong facility, is the culmination of four-years work by the local team and their international partners.
It will be offered as both a 6×4 prime mover and 6×4 and 8×4 rigid.
Under the cab there’s a selection of Cursor 9, 11 and 13 common rail engines ranging from 310hp/1300Nm to 510hp/2300Nm.
All three engines are Euro 6 compliant with the new locally-built Iveco product picking up the same Hi-eSCR after-treatment system found in the award-winning Iveco Eurocargo.
There’s also a new turbocharger that is said to provide immediate response at low engine speeds and superior engine braking.
Transmission choice is limited to one – a HiTroniX 12-speed automated transmission supplied by German transmission manufacturer, ZF.
Iveco telling us the new transmission should be good for 1.6 million kilometres of service.
It’s also 6dB quieter than the previous Eurotronic box, both inside and outside of the cab and there’s a ‘Ecoswitch’ to help save fuel.
The engineers have also added in an ‘Ecoroll’ feature that disengages the driveline at speeds between 50 and 92km/h “to help retain the truck’s kinetic energy for longer”.
Any driver input (pressing accelerator, brake, changing to manual mode etc) cancels the function.
Iveco talking fuel economy gains in the new truck of 5%.
Both prime mover and rigid variants can be fitted with the three cab options on offer – Day, Sleeper and Active Space Sleeper.
While standard safety gear and driver assist features in the new Iveco Stralis X-Way include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Stability Control, and Hill Holder.
There are a few options to consider, including: hydraulic retarder, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Support, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and Bi-Xenon headlamps.
Operators of the prime mover variant will welcome a rethink at the back of the cab with Iveco adding an extended catwalk that they say allows for safer access when connecting air hoses or conducting maintenance.
And, lastly, a new central locking remote control also provides a check lights function that allows for a one person exterior light check.
We hope to be jumping into a new Iveco Stralis X-Way in coming weeks for a test-drive, we’ll bring a review on our Iveco Reviews section as soon as possible.
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