MAN designed the TGM with versatility in mind. A fit for both medium- and heavy-duty operations, the TGM is well-suited for long-haul transport, local and regional distribution, construction and concrete work, agriculture and timber, firefighting and emergency services, refuse collection, street sweeping, and more.
The truck is lightweight, so it can handle larger payloads and support a wide range of bodywork. The frame features what MAN calls “a practical hole pattern” to help body builders and is pre-configured to handle auxiliary units, such as compressors and concrete pumps. It’s also available with wheelbase lengths ranging from 3,525 to 5,775 millimetres and in configurations ranging from 12 to 26 tonnes.
There are four cab options for the TGM, including a C cab, Crew cab, L cab, and LX cab. The compact C cab is highly manoeuvrable and MAN says it’s ideal for work as a skip loader, curtainsider, tipper, or crane truck. The crew cab features three-point safety belts and, depending on the configuration, can seat up to seven people. It’s ideal for servicing, utilities, emergency services, and more.
The L cab features a comfortable sleeping compartment and ample space for the driver. As one of the more versatile cabs in the range, it can handle everything from tanker operations to timber, building material, and refrigerated transport. The LX is a step up in terms of size and space, but it is also aerodynamic and has a lower unladen weight that MAN says makes room for larger payloads. It also features a multi-zone cold foam mattress and plenty of storage space.
Regardless of cab type, the interior of the TGM serves as a “practical driver’s workplace,” according to MAN, with a high-definition display, easy-to-reach switches and controls, a RIO box that serves as an on-board telematics module, and a newly designed cup holder with an internal spring to prevent spilling, which illustrates MAN’s keen eye for even the smallest details.
The MAN TGM is powered by a 6.9-litre D08 Euro 6 engine that ranges from 250 to 320 horsepower (184 to 235 kilowatts) while producing between 1,050 and 1,250 newton-metres of torque. The latest iteration of the engine, the D0836, features a plastic oil sump and fewer components, making it 103 kg lighter than past units and easier to maintain. MAN says it can also reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%.
Although the TGM is available with Synchromesh and semi-automatic transmissions, the standout is the optional MAN TipMatic gearbox. The SmartShifting feature allows for quicker and smoother shifting, regardless of gear, to take advantage of the truck’s momentum on downhill inclines. It has upshift assistance that complements the electronic engine brake for improved hill climbing, as well.
The TipMatic also has several shifting programmes available to support varied applications. FLEET mode ensures that automated gear shifting operates uninhibited to maximise fuel efficiency, PROFI mode enables manual gear shifting, and OFFROAD mode puts the vehicle in a better position to handle challenging terrain. Other modes include Drive Performance for increased agility, COLLECT for refuse collection, and EMERGENCY for firefighting and emergency response.
Safety & Efficiency Technologies
MAN offers a large number of standard and optional safety features for the TGM, including electronic stability control, electronic braking, emergency brake assist, anti-lock braking, lane-keeping assistance, and a digital axle load display. The EfficientCruise cruise control system can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 6% “by proactively calculating the local topography and selecting the most appropriate speed at any time,” MAN explains. Another efficiency feature, EfficientRoll, allows for automatic gear shifting when rolling downhill.