It may not feel like it to UK operators, who have only recently started receiving their first examples, but Iveco’s S-WAY has been around for two years, long enough for it to get its first mid-life update. This brings improved fuel efficiency and increased connectivity, including Amazon Alexa compatibility.
The biggest mechanical changes are to the engines, which comply with the latest Euro-6e emissions standard and feature improved efficiency thanks to a higher compression ratio and improved combustion management.
The S-WAY is now available with two new ratings for the Cursor 13, 490hp, claimed to be the optimal TCO version for long-haul operation, and 530hp, with the top rating remaining at 570hp. Following the current trend for down-speeding, the S-WAY now has a new higher efficiency single reduction axle, with ratios as long as 2.31:1.
Inside, there’s a new Eco mode for the automatic air-conditioning, while a new design of cover for the A-pillars improves the aerodynamics. Iveco claims these changes combine to produce a fuel saving up to 3%, paying back the price rise of 1-1.5% within the first year.
The star of the S-WAY’s connectivity is the Iveco Driver Pal, a voice command system. Based on the Alexa system, this offers all the functions you would in a home-based application, together with an exclusive Iveco MYIVECO skill. This allows voice control of many aspects of the truck’s operation, not only driving support, infotainment and navigation functions, but access to vehicle status and driving style evaluation information, as well as communication with Iveco’s Control Room in case of problems.
Another of Alexa’s skills is MYCOMMUNITY, giving access to a community of other users to share essential information such as the latest traffic or weather conditions on the road, automatically translated into one of the five major European languages.
Driver Pal is also available on a revised Daily range, which features new memory foam seats, a new six-speed manual gearbox, and the new AIR-PRO intelligent air suspension system.