IVECO’s International Truck of the Year-winning Euro6 Eurocargo is now available in New Zealand, providing operators with a host of new safety and efficiency features rarely seen before in medium duty trucks.
The models come in a variety of specification choices ranging from 12 to 22t GVM, in both 4x2 and 6x2 configurations and with ‘Day’, ‘Sleeper’ and ‘Crew Cab’ variants, ensuring there’ll likely be a Eurocargo to suite a broad range of applications.
Previous Eurocargo models have enjoyed a reputation for striking an excellent balance between output and fuel use and the latest trucks take this combination to the next level.
Efficient new ‘Tector 7’ engine
Powering the range is IVECO’s new 6-cylinder, 6.7 litre ‘Tector 7’ engine. This advanced diesel power plant features high pressure, common rail, electronic injection, turbocharging and 24 valves. Available in two power ratings, the Tector 7 develops 250 hp (185 kW) and 627 lb/ft (850 Nm) in ML120 models, and 280 hp (206 kW) and 738 lb/ft (1,000 Nm) in ML 160 and ML180 models – all figures come at low rpm for added fuel efficiency.
To meet stringent Euro6 emissions standards (years before mandated in New Zealand), models use IVECO’s innovative ‘HI-SCR’ system – it is a single after-treatment system featuring passive DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).
The HI-SCR system is simple, lightweight, efficient and provides many benefits including reduced fuel consumption and tare weight compared to EGR and SCR equivalents. The system also uses fewer components for increased simplicity and does not require driver regeneration, providing reduced vehicle downtime.
Other benefits of the Tector 7 engine range are oil change intervals of up to 80,000 kilometres (application dependent), further reducing total cost of ownership.
Coupled to the engines are a choice of either a manual ZF 9-speed overdrive transmission with dash-mounted gear shift or the Allison S3000, 5-speed full automatic which provides a more relaxed drive particularly in congested metropolitan conditions.
Safety stakes raised
The E6 Eurocargo raises the safety benchmark in the medium duty truck market with a range of innovative safety features not normally seen in this segment.
With increasing OH&S requirements and the need to provide the best equipment possible to attract and retain top drivers, the new Eurocargo offers an extremely safe and comfortable work environment.
All new Eurocargo variants feature the superior stopping power of front and rear ventilated disc brakes with ABS. New models also feature Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS).
AEBS helps to avoid accidence caused by driver distraction.
Using radar, the system measures the distance to the vehicle in front and calculates the time remaining to take action before a potential collision; an audible double warning is triggered before the brakes are applied. In the event of a moving obstacle, the system intervenes automatically reducing speed to 32 kph to avoid impact. If the obstacle is stationary, the system can moderate or possibly prevent the impact by further reducing speed to 10 kph.
The new Eurocargo also boasts Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Using the AEBS radar, ACC adjusts speed by maintaining safe distance to the vehicle in front. The feature has a range of up to 120 metres and automatically intervenes in various stages, firstly by reducing torque, then by applying the engine brake and finally, the service brake.
Other new driver assistance technology includes a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that warns the driver if the vehicle is moving from its lane.
Thanks to a windscreen-mounted camera, the system can recognise the road markings and will sound an alarm if the vehicle changes lane without the driver signalling.
Rounding out the safety appointments is a Hill Holder function, Driver’s SRS airbag and Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), to provide increased visibility for other road users and complement the models’ powerful Xenon headlamps. Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth also allow the driver to maintain both hands on the steering wheel for constant control.
Drivers can spend many hours behind the wheel each day so it’s important that a modern truck cabin is designed with ergonomics and comfort in mind to minimise fatigue.
Cabin entry and egress is easy courtesy of generous steps and 90°-opening front doors. Once inside, the driver is treated to a fully adjustable ISRI seat and redesigned interior with all controls being placed initiatively within arm’s reach.
A linear dashboard design (featuring electronic anti-glare instrument panel) and the compact dimensions of the engine tunnel, allow the driver to easily move around the cabin and leave the vehicle from either side in preparation for loading and unloading their goods.
IVECO has also included a number of functional features in the cabin, allowing operators to more easily keep up with paperwork and other job requirements. The centre console has a 20 litre space (available with single passenger seat) that can comfortably accommodate a laptop, tablet and the like. It also features a reading light and is equipped with side storage pockets and two USB connectors for charging electronic devices. A practical workspace can also be created by opening out the upper area of the console.
Other cabin appointments include a driver’s side console housing two bottle holders, a 12V power socket and option for a compressed air pocket. Additionally, there are more storage spaces throughout the cabin and a hanging rail with hooks on the rear wall of the cabin for items such as personal protection equipment and other apparel.
The Eurocargo models ride on a combination of front parabolic spring suspension with rear 2- Airbag Electronically-controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) for the ML120 and front parabolic spring suspension with rear 4-Airbag ECAS for ML160 and ML180. For superior handling, front stabiliser bars are standard on all models.
The E6 Eurocargo will be sold alongside the earlier E5 models in the medium term, providing operators with an even broader Eurocargo model choice. The Eurocargo is one of the bestselling medium duty trucks in Europe and is now making strong inroads in New Zealand and Australia with customers who prefer the higher safety, performance, comfort and sophistication levels.
IVECO New Zealand Product, Marketing and Network Development Manager, Kristi Walker, says the new E6 Eurocargo is an important vehicle, not only for IVECO but for the broader industry.
“Medium duty trucks are often seen as the ‘workhorses’ of urban and short haul delivery, and as such, they can be quite basic and Spartan in terms of specification levels,” Mrs Walker said.
“The new E6 Eurocargo bucks this philosophy by recognising that all operators are deserving of the latest vehicle technologies – these shouldn’t be reserved only for those who operate a topof-the-line European prime mover.
“Just as light commercial vehicles have gradually adopted the safety and comfort features of passenger cars, the trend will be similar for medium duty trucks taking on the advanced technology seen in their heavy market counterparts.
“The Eurocargo is already there in this regard and sets a new benchmark for the segment.
“In terms of drivetrain performance, the latest Eurocargo is also one of the leaders by combining a frugal yet powerful engine with a higher output than its equivalent predecessor while adhering to the stringent Euro6 measure.”
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