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29/08/2012
IVECO THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET

TRUCK WORLD
The Turin company has launched the new Stralis Hi-Way. A new look, better interiors and, above all, the Euro 6 standard achieved with SCR-only instead of the EGR used by all the other manufacturers. These are its main characteristics

Fabio Quinto

THE WAITING is over. After years of debates, projects, research and anticipation, Iveco has now presented its new Stralis with the Euro 6 engine: it’s called Stralis Hi-Way. The design is attractive, it has a new concept in interiors and they are of better quality, and it is characterized by the technology used to lower emissions and achieve Euro 6 standards. In fact, Iveco is the only one of the “seven sisters” that has opted for SCR-only instead of the SCR-EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) combination. A pointless wager or Columbus’s egg that will enable road hauliers to save? The answer will come from the market in the next few years. What is certain is that the Stralis Hi-Way will be talked about.
To understand this new Stralis we have to begin on the inside. Starting with the range of FPT Industrial’s Cursor engines: 9, 11 and 13 litres for the Euro 6 versions, which will join the  8, 10 and 13 litre models that will still be made to Euro 5 standards. A total of eight power stages from 310 to 560 HP in addition to the 270 and 330 HP CNG versions. All the engines are characterized by low consumption and considerable performance given that maximum torque is already available from as low as 1000 rpm. Good autonomy is ensured by a fuel tank with a capacity of 1,400 litres. All engines are fitted with a decompression brake for additional safety and to help reduce brake system wear and maintenance costs. The Euro 6 engines also have the latest-generation common rail injection systems with maximum injection pressure of up to 2,200 bars.
The technology for lowering emissions is based on SCR-only in addition to the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Called HI-eSCR, it is declared to be an FPT Industrial patent. There are two advantages with this technology: the first is reduced vehicle weight, which means better fuel economy; the second is less costly servicing. Iveco says that the system is simpler and not as expensive as those that also use EGR. Exhaust gas recirculation implies increased particulate generation and decreased combustion efficiency so the DPF has to be regenerated more frequently. The option adopted by FPT Industrial increases engine efficiency and reduces the amount of particulate produced by combustion. The remaining particulate is reduced in the DPF, whereas the nitrogen oxides are reduced in the exhaust system to improve fuel consumption, performance and reliability, with up to 150,000 km between oil changes.
The mechanics have changed but so has the exterior. The different shape of the central grille gives the Stralis Hi-Way a feistier look. There is a new sun visor on the front, the bumper design has been optimized, and it has LED Daytime Running Lights with Xenon projector headlights. The cabin lines have been designed to give an excellent CX aerodynamic penetration coefficient: a 3% improvement makes the cabin quieter a fuel economy is significant on long hauls.
The cabins come in two widths: wide (2,500mm), available in the long versions with high and low roofs, and medium (2,300mm), available in the long Hi-Road versions with mid-high and low roofs, and the short Hi-Street with a low roof. The top of the range is the high roof Hi-Way for long hauls, which has over 10 m3 of space inside.  The cabin interiors have been completely changed. Made from non-reflecting materials, the new ergonomic console is functional and meticulous attention has been paid to detail. The controls have been repositioned around the instrument panel and the central area so that they are easy to see and reach. There are more and bigger storage places to keep documents, maps and tools close at hand. Also available is the new ventilated and heated seat with integrated, height-adjustable seatbelt. The touch-screen Iveconnect system combines infotainment, navigation, and driving assistance in addition to the Iveconnect Fleet function for fleet management.
The night zone has the new 80 cm x 2 m “High comfort” bottom bunk with wooden slats, mattress and reclining back. Alternatively, there is also a modular bed that can be folded in half for use as a table. In the high roof version, the top bunk opens out easily by means of air springs; when it is closed it folds completely into the wall to make the cabin even more spacious.
The Stralis Hi-Way has the most advanced electronic systems like EBS with Brake Assistant, Lane Departure Warning System, ESP, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Attention Support and Advanced Emergency Braking System, which warns the driver of a possible collision and automatically activates the brakes to prevent or at least limit impact. There is also a choice of 9 or 16 speed manual transmission, the Zf Eurotronic 12-speed automatic transmission and the Allison 6-speed automatic.
The new Stralis Hi-Way is made at the Iveco factory in Madrid, where the Turin company recently decided to concentrate the manufacture of the heaviest part of the range, instead of at the ULM factory (Germany). According to Alessandro Mortali, Iveco senior vice president Heavy Range, “the new Stralis considerably reduces total vehicle running costs - up to 4% for the most common missions”.

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