Iveco has launched its T-Way off-road truck range, which includes a new automated transmission, lower kerb weight, heavy-duty rear suspension system for Tandem axles, digital services and improved cab comfort.
This launch, via a live digital event, completes the new Way heavy range, following the launches of the S-Way, S-Way NP and X-Way. The T-Way builds on Iveco’s long lineage of off-roaders such as the Trakker.
T for Tough
The T-Way has been designed to offer a combination of off-road performance, robustness and torsional rigidity, the company says. It carries over from its predecessors a high-resistance steel chassis with a 10mm thick frame, and with a Rail Bending Moment at the top of the segment at 177kNm. The front axle has a maximum capacity of up to nine tonnes. Hub reduction on the rear axle is standard to maximise strength and performance. The new heavy-duty rear suspension system for Tandem axles optimises vehicle weight and improves off-road performance with greater ground clearance and a better departure angle.
Iveco has equipped the T-Way with its reliable 13-litre Cursor 13 engine, which develops up to 510hp – exceeding the Trakker’s performance by 10hp. For lighter-weight configurations, it is also available with the Cursor 9 engine.
The engines are coupled with the proven 12- and 16-speed Hi-Tronix automated gearbox, which now also features new functions specifically intended for off-road mobility. They include a Hill Holder function to help departure on steep slopes, Rocking Mode to help recover traction in slippery conditions, and Creep Mode for ultra-low speed control at idle. For the on-road sections of the mission, the Iveco Hi-Cruise system further enhances the transmission’s efficiency. It includes predictive gear shifting, predictive cruise control and an eco-roll function that uses the vehicle’s inertia when travelling downhill.
Productivity and efficiency
Productivity and efficiency have been priorities in the design of the T-Way, with a host of features included to deliver that.
For instance, it offers a new fuel-saving solution for missions that require an occasional All Wheel Drive (AWD) capability: the Hi-Traction hydrostatic drive system for 6×4 rigid and articulated models. It operates at speeds of up to 25km/h and is automatically activated to provide additional hydraulic front-wheel traction when needed. It delivers significant benefits in terms of fuel consumption and payload compared to the AWD solution, Iveco claim. The low kerb weight has been reduced by 325kg compared to the Trakker with the new design of the tandem support on the rear axles, which is now a single-piece casting component.
As with all new trucks, connectivity is a key point, and the T-Way has the standard Connectivity Box, which is found in all trucks in the Way range. The connectivity system provides telediagnostics and predictive maintenance. It also enables fleet managers to remotely monitor all vehicles’ performance at all times, ensuring maximum efficiency.
Meanwhile, the constantly expanding portfolio of Iveco ON connectivity-enabled services are focused on maximising the customers’ productivity and the vehicle’s durability, as well as minimising unplanned downtime.
The T-Way comes with a wide range of drivelines for both rigid and articulated versions. This includes Partial Wheel Drive (PWD) on the 6×4 rigid and articulated and 8×4 rigid models; as well as AWD on 4×4 and 6×6 rigid and articulated, and on 8×8 rigid versions. The AWD range has been extended with new 4-, 4.2- and 4.5-metre wheelbase models, which can transport special loads with no modification to the chassis.
The new Hi-Mux electric and electronic architecture is compatible with the latest-generation control systems. The new PTO line-up includes a new high-performance sandwich PTO that delivers up to 2,300Nm torque.
This means that it is compatible with many body types and conversions.
Driver comfort and safety
In terms of the cab, two version are available – AD short cab and AT long cab with standard or high roof. The design has focused on functionality to facilitate the driver’s daily work. For instance, it includes a comfortable and ergonomic driver’s seat, together with a new-concept multi-function steering wheel.
There are also a plethora of safety features, which exceed the type-approval requirements. The new braking system features EBS as standard, full disc brakes are available on PWD models, and new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems are available across the range.
Luca Sra, chief operating officer at Iveco’s Truck Business Unit, said the launch opened “a new chapter” in Iveco’s off-road history: “Heir to the throne of the Trakker as the ‘strongest of the heaviest’,” he said. “This extra-strong vehicle, a true champion of performance, sturdiness and durability, will further consolidate Iveco’s presence in the heavy off-road sector. The Iveco T-Way completes the renewal of our heavy Iveco Way range, which is now one of the freshest, richest and most innovative on the market.”
Thomas Hilse, Iveco brand president, added: “We designed the Iveco T-Way with the ambition to set new standards in robustness, reliability, efficiency, handling, body-fitting flexibility and connected services – and design, a ‘must’ for an Italian brand. The name says it all: T for Tough!”