Dutch truck marque DAF has launched its new range of vocational and distribution trucks, the XD series, at the IAA Transportation 2022 exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
The XD series shares the DNA of the ‘International Truck of the Year 2022’, winning XF, XG and XG⁺ long haul vehicles.
Like its larger stablemates, the cab of the XD has been designed with a large windscreen and large side windows with an ultra-low belt line for best-in-class direct vision. This is achieved in combination with the low cab position – 17cm lower than the New XF – and the new ‘Vision Dashboard’, which is contoured towards the windscreen on the co-driver side.
For greater vision – something those operating in London under the Direct Vision Standard will be interested in – there is the option to have a kerb view window and foldable co-driver seat for an unobstructed view of pedestrians and cyclists next to the truck on the co-driver side.
As with the larger trucks, the XD includes the DAF Digital Vision System which gets rid of the traditional external mirrors and DAF Corner View to get rid of blind spots. It is also equipped with DAF City Turn Assist, which alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings when other road users are in the co-driver’s side blind zone.
Again, like its larger stablemates, the XD has an aerodynamic cab featuring the same large radii, curved windscreen, excellent sealing and optimal engine and under cab airflow, which contributes to greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions than the previous CF model it replaces.
Under the skin of the new XD is the new PACCAR MX-11 engine, smart exhaust after-treatment system, low vehicle weights, standard TraXon automated transmission and sophisticated driver assistance systems. Extensive availability of PTO’s, body attachment modules and connectors ensure first class bodybuilder-friendliness.
The New Generation XD also has a spacious cab with volumes of up to 10m3. Together with a Sleeper and Sleeper High Cab, a Day Cab is available that offers extended interior space as standard.
The seat and steering wheel have greater adjustment capabilities than previous models, making it easier to achieve an ideal driving position. The ergonomic dashboard features crystal clear and fully digital instrument panels. Ride and handling benefit from a new superior chassis front-end design, cab suspension and rear axle suspension.
The XD is available to order in a full array of 4×2 and 6×2 axle configurations, both tractors and rigids. Production will start this Autumn.