Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania, has announced the arrival in Australia of a new inline six 7.0-litre engine, for city and regional work environments.
The low noise Euro 6 compliant engine sheds 360 kg on the Scania 9-litre 5 cylinder engine and is offered in 220hp, 250hp and 280hp power ranges.
Regarded as the smallest truck engine Scania has offered in over 20 years, the Scania DC07 7.0 litre is defined by optimised low-rev, high torque qualities, significant noise reduction, fixed geometry turbocharger and uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for exhaust gas after-treatment.
Steering wheel and side curtain rollover airbag protection comes as standard.
DMAC Backloading, a Gold Coast-based furniture removal business were the first to take delivery of the new 7.0-litre.
Hamilton Bodyworks, who fitted its 61 m3 body on the back, received the truck direct from the Brisbane Truck Show where it was purchased.
In the last three months it has accrued approximately 17,000 km on interstate runs.
Using the Scania fleet monitoring tool, the truck has been averaging 3.7-3.8 km/litre with the truck laden with loads of 5 and 9-tonnes.
“I’m saving around $650 per run in fuel alone on a return trip to Canberra,” says owner Lincoln Davis. “This is our first new Scania and it won’t be the last.”
Scania Australia Director of Truck Sales Dean Dal Santo said the company was widening its appeal of the Scania product range for those customers who have traditionally purchased lighter-duty trucks.
“A key advantage is the 360 kg reduction in weight and a significant reduction in fuel consumption. This combination will meet the growing requirement for sustainable transport by urban and regional operators in Australia," he said.
“These trucks offer all of Scania’s heavy-duty engineering, driveline efficiencies and safety benefits, optimised for lighter-duty roles, which are sure to draw new customers to the Scania family.”
The new format, according to Dal Santo, does not make any concessions when it comes to performance, robustness and uptime.
Based on a well-known six-cylinder engine, the DC07 has been developed with Cummins, a long-term partner of Scania's in engine and component development the company said.
The engine has a 3.07:1 final drive ratio and turns over at 1600 rpm at 100 kph, lower according to Dal Santo than many other brands in the segment.
“The fuel savings this will return on longer freeway journeys can easily be imagined, as will the increased driver comfort and reduced fatigue as a result of the lower levels of noise, vibration and harshness from intruding into the cabin," said Dal Santo.
“There are around a hundred new parts in all, with some, such as the new flywheel housing, mainly involved in interfacing with Scania’s modular system."