While many DAF trucks can handle a wide range of applications, the Dutch manufacturer designed the XF specifically for long-distance transport, whether it be as a standard box truck or coupled with a curtain side or refrigerated body or trailer. Available in 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 8x2, and 8x4 axle configurations with a Space or Super Space cab, the latest models in the range can handle higher payloads, have service intervals of up to 200,000 kilometres, and make life easier for body builders. Read on to learn more about the DAF XF series.
The DAF XF is available with PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 engines, which produce between 220 and 390 kilowatts (295 and 522 horsepower) and from 1,350 to 2,600 newton-metres of torque. The XF features several Eco modes that can either find a healthy balance between performance and efficiency or fully favour reduced fuel consumption “with gear shifting at lower revs” among other adjustments, according to DAF. Filling out the rest of the driveline is a 12- or 16-speed TraXon automated transmission that offers smoother shifting and high-efficiency rear axles.
Interior & Exterior Features
The interior design of the XF puts a premium on driver comfort as DAF understands that long-distance trucking involves long days and frequent overnight stays. Operators can adjust climate controls from the dashboard or from a control unit located on the rear wall, and the same goes for lighting with a rotary control on the dash and a toggle switch in the rear. There are also customizable switches that are beneficial to drivers and body builders alike. And the redesigned driver information and instrument panels put all of the information drivers need right in front of them. Newer models are also available with an Exclusive Line package that adds a cognac colour to the door panels and dashboard.
Updated exterior features include a compact aftertreatment system, a lower bumper insert, a new sun visor that provides added style as well as improved aerodynamics, an upper panel with plenty of room for a company name, mesh on the grille, and DAF’s most recent logo design. The XF also promises to be easy to work with for body builders with a Body Attachment Module and a programme that “shortens build-up time,” DAF explains.
DAF XFs are as safe as they are comfortable, with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, advanced emergency braking, vehicle stability control, and a reinforced cab, pre-programmed crumple zones. A City Turn Assist feature also helps operators avoid colliding with pedestrians and bicyclists in urban areas or with motorcyclists or other drivers while traveling above 30 kilometres per hour. Driver assistance features include predictive cruise control, adaptive cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, battery energy monitoring, and more. XFs with MX-11 engines are also available in a Silent configuration that keep the vehicle’s noise level below 71 decibels.