New IVECO Stralis prepares for launch

CM’s spies have captured the next Stralis prototype undergoing last-minute testing, ahead of its launch in July.

Although it’s still unclear from the camouflaged images, we expect the new cab to be a complete clean sheet design rather than a reskinning over the current structure, well-proven over quarter of a century.

However, there’s a definite new appearance in store, thanks to the distinctively slanted headlamps.

Notwithstanding IVECO’s current concentration on the gas-fuelled market, the company may also be considering creating a flagship version using the Cursor 16, a 15.9-litre SCR-only engine, currently reserved for agricultural and marine applications, which advertising claims to be “delivering 18-litre performance in a 13-litre engine package”, with the potential to overtake the Swedes in the power stakes.

Also anticipated is a new naming policy, which is expected to see the Stralis name replaced by a new alpha-numeric format, as well as construction models being marketed under the Magirus brand.

In the current issue of Commercial Motor (6 June), new CNH president, commercial and specialty vehicles and interim IVECO commercial director, Gerrit Marx, outlines his plans for the company’s future structure and strategy.

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Scania unveils its vision of 2030 urban transport

Scania has unveiled its vision of urban transportation in 2030. Not just distribution of goods, but transport of commuting humans and refuse collection, as well, all using the same vehicle.

Scania’s NXT concept vehicle, a working prototype of which is currently under construction, takes the company’s modular philosophy to a new level by providing a platform onto which a variety of dedicated modules can be mounted. The presence of a human driver doesn’t feature in the plan.

Scania sees a typical daily duty cycle as starting by carrying commuters to work, before spending the day delivering freight before changing back to passenger mode for the homeward commute. Then in the evening, it can become a refuse collection vehicle. Think of a wheeled version of Thunderbird 2.

The difference is that the NXT has separate drive modules, front and rear, providing the functions normally supplied by a truck’s driveline and chassis. Power will of course be electrical, from batteries located under the floor.

As an eight-metre bus with a lightweight composite module, weighing less than 8,000kg, the NXT is expected to have 245km range with current battery technology, although a lot is likely to happen to that aspect over the next decade.

Scania’s president and CEO Henrik Henriksson says “NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities. Several of these technologies have yet to fully mature but for us it’s been important to actually build a concept vehicle to visibly and technically demonstrate ideas of what is within reach,” adding “NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”