In February, MAN introduced its all-new TG-series truck generation featuring TGL, TGX, TGS, and TGM ranges developed with the driver in mind, and built to be a “strong and competent partnership for customers.” MAN says the aerodynamically designed TGL, available in 4x2 chassis and tipper variants, is one of the lightest trucks in its class at 5,730 kilograms, and is “exceptionally manoeuvrable” thanks to its short wheelbase; this is particularly beneficial when operating in limited-space construction sites or in heavy urban traffic.
As such, the TGL is well-suited for long-haul, distribution, fire department and emergency service, and waste disposal and street cleaning applications. Here’s a closer look at the MAN TGL, available in capacities ranging from 7.5 to 12 tonnes.
The TGL comes with either a new Euro 6-compliant four-cylinder D0834 engine rated for 160, 190, or 220 horsepower and 600 to 850 newton-metres of torque, or a six-cylinder D0836 engine rated for 250 hp and 1,050 N-m of torque. The engine’s light weight and less complex design enables easier servicing and maintenance, MAN says, and contributes to as much as a 5% reduction in fuel consumption as well as a nearly 400-kg payload advantage that can mean about €4,000 in additional annual profit for operators.
The lighter, simpler design stems from a new, simplified gas cleaning system that foregoes exhaust gas recirculation. It’s also worth noting the D08 can operate on diesel and biodiesel fuels. Elsewhere, besides synchromesh and semi-automatic manual gearboxes, a MAN TipMatic gearbox option is available featuring SpeedShifting, SmartShifting, and Idle Speed Driving, as well as load detection, gradient recognition, and other intelligent technologies.
The TGL offers C, Crew, L, and LX cab options, all measuring 2.4 metres wide. The narrow width provides operators the visibility that is crucial in a number of industries, especially for working in urban environments. The narrow cab also enables drivers to enter and exit the truck while making frequent delivery stops conveniently and ergonomically, it says.
All but the C option provide an electronic glass-elevating roof that lets more daylight pour into the cab. The C Crew, meanwhile, provides what MAN claims is the largest interior volume in its class, and features an elongated cab with four doors and up to seven seats.
Cockpit & Interior
The TGL’s new cockpit design incudes a high-resolution, four-colour LCD screen with colour-coded indicators that simplify how operators see warnings, notifications, activated and running systems, and more. The colours also coordinate with a MAN Media Truck touchscreen display infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming, USB input, DAB+ digital radio, and other features. A larger 7-inch Advanced version adds voice control, hands-free phone system, video display, up to two camera interfaces, and more. A MAN Media Truck Navigation version, meanwhile, adds a dedicated truck navigation system, rearview camera support, and Mirror Link functionality.
Design-wise, the cockpit puts frequently used switches close to the operator for greater efficiency. MAN also groups similar functions into switch groups, and owners can assign add-on functions to an optional second panel.
Technologies & Options
The TGL offers numerous available driver- and safety-assistance systems and digital services for drivers and fleet owners. A MAN XLION equipment package for the TGL, for example, includes services, systems, and configuration aimed at distribution transport. The package’s MAN DigitalServices, supported via a RIO telematics platform, includes MAN Essentials for viewing essential truck data, MAN ServiceCare enabling proactive maintenance abilities, MAN Advance for fleet and truck status monitoring, and MAN Compliant for automatic tachograph and driver card data archiving.
Available safety- and driver-assistance systems include an electronic stability program, BrakeMatic electronic brake system, emergency brake assist, lane guard system, second and primary retarder, tyre pressure monitoring, and digital axle-load display. The GPS-controlled MAN EfficientCruise system, meanwhile, can save operators up to 6% on fuel consumption, while the TipMatic electronically operated gearbox can save another 9% with its ability to calculate optimal gear shifting, MAN says.