• 19-APR-2017

New Iveco Eurocargo raises safety, comfort and efficiency benchmarks

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Iveco’s International Truck of the Year-winning Euro6 Eurocargo is now available in Australia, 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 18t GVM in 4x2 configuration and with ‘Day’, ‘Sleeper’ (with high roof option) 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 power output and fuel efficiency, 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 improved response added fuel efficiency.

To meet stringent Euro6 emissions standards (well before mandated in Australia), models use Iveco’s innovative new ‘HI-SCR’ system, a single after-treatment system featuring passive DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

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, especially amongst its Japanese competitors.

All new Eurocargo variants feature the superior stopping power of front and rear disc brakes with ABS. New models also benefit from Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS).

The new Eurocargo can be specified with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that warns the driver if the vehicle is moving from its lane.

Rounding out the safety appointments is a Hill Holder function, Driver’s SRS airbag and Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs).

Comfortable cabin

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 in the new range 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.

For fleets wanting to run telematics, the new Eurocargo features the necessary hardware for easy integration of third party systems, allowing operators the versatility to choose the system best suited to their requirements.

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 models. For superior handling, front stabiliser bars are standard on all models.

The E6 Eurocargo will be sold alongside the earlier E5 models, providing operators with an even broader Eurocargo model choice. These earlier E5 vehicles (including 4x4) will also undergo enhancements in the coming months when they adopt their E6 sibling’s new exterior cabin appearance and many of the new model’s interior cabin appointments.

Comments from Iveco ANZ Product Manager, Marco Quaranta

Mr Quaranta said 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 intra-city delivery, and as such, they can be quite basic and Spartan in terms of specification levels with buyers often forgoing comfort and safety equipment,” Mr Quaranta said.

“Gradually customer requirements are changing, being driven by a desire to not only have a truck that does the job, but one that does so more comfortably and more safely for the driver, while returning greater efficiency to the operator through reduced fuel consumption and lower whole of life costings.

“The new E6 Eurocargo recognises that all operators are deserving of the latest vehicle technologies – these shouldn’t be reserved for those who operate a top-of-the-line European prime mover.

“With clear back of cab options and up to 14 pallets of payload (day cab), Iveco is targeting customer across a range of applications from general freight and refrigerated, to tilt tray and crane truck work.

“The Eurocargo is one of the best-selling medium duty trucks in Europe and growing in acceptance locally amongst operators who prefer higher safety, performance, comfort and sophistication levels - the latest release takes all of these benefits to new heights.”

19 April, 2017