DAF Trucks has announced its new middleweight XB range, completing the full product renewal programme that began with the DAF XF/XG/XG+ range and continued with the XD and XDC/XFC models for the construction and distribution sectors respectively.
The XB, which replaces the venerable DAF LF range, comprises two-axle rigids from 7.5 to 19 tonnes GVW, aimed at local and regional distribution, and vocational sectors, together with a lightweight 4x2 tractor. For the first time in this weight range, DAF is also offering a variant specifically for construction, the XBC 18-tonner. This comes with raised ground clearance of 255mm, and a steel bumper and radiator protection plate backing up a 25° approach angle.
Three cab choices are available, day, Extended day and Sleeper. The cab architecture appears fundamentally unchanged from the LF, but with cosmetic changes inside and out to reflect the larger models in the current New Generation line-up.
DAF’s emphasis at launch is on the battery electric versions, available at 12, 16 and 19 tonnes GVW, although there is a full range of ICE engines for use with diesel and HVO fuels. These are the PACCAR branded 4.5 litre 4-cylinder PX-5 and 6.7 litre 6-cylinder PX-7 engines. As standard, these are mated to the ZF-supplied PowerLine 8-speed fully automatic transmission, with 6 and 9-speed manual and Allison automatic options also available.
The latest safety systems are available, including side and turn assist. Direct visibility is improved by a new slimmer mirror design and an optional nearside kerb view window. Driver performance is enhanced by a drowsiness detector and an alcohol interface, as well as speed limit recognition and warning.