DAF is gearing up to produce an entirely new range of trucks designed for reliability, aerodynamics, and visibility. The New Generation XF, XG, and XG+ aim to meet new EU Masses & Dimensions regulations regarding fuel economy, driver comfort, and safety. DAF intends to begin series production of 4x2 and 6x2 New Generation tractor and rigid trucks in October.
A New Direction
DAF and its customers have tested the New Generation over more than 20 million kilometres (12.4 million miles). The new trucks promise up to 10% improved fuel efficiency through a variety of enhancements, including aerodynamics. The front of each truck is elongated by 160 millimetres (6.3 inches), while flow guides optimize airflow in the engine compartment, wheel bays, and under-cab areas.
The cab structure of the XF, XG, and XG+ is made from lightweight, high-strength steel. In the event of a crash, DAF’s Programmed Cab Displacement System (ProCaDis) absorbs the kinetic energy and prevents the cab from detaching from the chassis.
Engine options for the New Generation DAF trucks include PACCAR’s 10.8-litre MX-11 and 12.9-L MX-13. The motors now deliver maximum torque at a low 900 rpm. At the same time, torque has been increased by 50 to 100 newton-metres (37 to 74 pounds-foot) in direct-drive top gear, DAF says. The trucks’ engine brake applies up to 20% more torque at lower rpm levels.
A TraXon automated gearbox comes standard with the XF, XG, and XG+. The transmission features new technologies such as automatic drive-off gear selection, enhanced predictive features, and optional urge-to-move, which makes the truck creep forward like a passenger vehicle when in gear and unbraked. To improve fuel efficiency, the rear axles are designed for reduced oil levels and equipped with new pinion bearings.
DAF’s over-the-air updates now affect additional systems and components, including the ECU, the engine, the aftertreatment systems, the Central Security Gateway, and the DAF Connect service. The New Generation trucks boast a long service interval of one year or up to 200,000 km (124,000 mi), which DAF says is unique in the industry.
Safety, Comfort & Visibility
The New Generation DAF trucks include new safety features such as an Electronic Park Brake that engages automatically when the engine is turned off. There’s a Low Speed Trailer Brake, Brake Assist and Park Brake Assist, a Lane Departure Warning System, Emergency Brake Lights, and the latest version of DAF’s Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS-3). A City Turn Assist system detects obstructions or pedestrians on the co-driver side.
The new XF, XG, and XG+ come with full LED lighting including headlights, daytime running lights, and integrated cornering lights. A new steering system lowers the effort needed to turn the trucks, and the cab features premium soft touch materials, leather, and a larger retractable dashboard table. An automatic temperature control system is included as standard, while mechanical or fully electrically adjustable DAF Relax Beds are available as options.
Visibility options include a Kerb View Window and a co-driver seat that folds. On the more technological side, the DAF Corner View option replaces the kerb and front view mirrors with cameras. Meanwhile, DAF’s Digital Vision System option replaces the trucks’ main and wide-angle mirrors with electrically retractable, heated cameras. The video cameras automatically pan to following the rear of the trailer while cornering.
New Generation DAF trucks are also available with enhanced driver assistance systems such as Predictive Cruise Control 3 with extended EcoRoll functionalities and the Preview Downhill Speed Control feature.
The DAF New Generation XF
The latest XF tractor weighs just 6,912 kilograms (15,238 pounds), which contributes to its exceptional fuel efficiency. Available engines range in rated power from 367 to 530 horsepower (270 to 390 kilowatts).
The XF’s new cab design sits 75 mm (3 in.) lower than DAF’s current XF Super Space Cab and Space Cab. The driver has 1,900 to 2,075 mm (75 to 82 in.) of room in which to stand.
The DAF New Generation XG & XG+
The New Generation XG and XG+ are the flagships of the new DAF range. Available engines come in 449 to 530 HP (330 to 390 kW) power levels. The trucks’ wheelbase is extended to 4,000 mm (157 in.) for stability and ride quality. The rear of the sleeper cab has an appreciable 330 mm (13 in.) of extra length.
The cab of the XG and XG+ is 125 mm (4.9 in.) higher than the New Generation XF. The XG has a 1,980- to 2,105-mm (78- to 83-in.) standing height, while the top-of-the-range XG+ offers up to an impressive 2,220 mm (87.4 in.). LED Skylights are a standard feature on the XG and XG+.
The New Generation XG+ has a cab volume of 12.5 cubic metres (441 cubic feet), which is 14% greater than the current DAF XF Super Space Cab. The XG+ also has a Park Airco option for automatic cooling or heating.
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