DAF introduced its new flagship Euro 6 XF model at the Hanover truck show today. The new XF will enter production in Spring-2013. DAF design criteria delivered maximum transport efficiency, resulting in industry leading low operating cost and optimized vehicle performance. The Euro 6 DAF XF includes a new chassis, a fuel efficient Euro 6 PACCAR MX engine, an aerodynamic exterior design and a modern spacious interior. “DAF’s significant investment in the new Euro 6 XF reflects the company’s strategic growth plan, driven by its excellent operating performance,” shared Harrie Schippers, DAF president and PACCAR vice president. “This is the most comprehensive engineering design and development program in DAF’s 84 year history. The new DAF XF complements our award winning CF and LF models.”
Building on the excellent reputation for reliability and efficiency, the PACCAR MX 12.9L engine has earned in Europe and North America, DAF has developed a new generation of Euro 6 engines. The PACCAR MX-13 engine features state-of-the-art technologies and proven technical innovations. The use of common rail fuel injection technology, a variable geometry turbo, and efficient exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) ensures excellent fuel economy and vehicle reliability. The advanced exhaust gas after treatment system contains a DeNOx catalytic converter and active soot filter (Diesel Particulate Filter) and was developed to achieve maximum efficiency. Use of passive regeneration is optimized during the engines operating cycle to further improve fuel efficiency.
The new PACCAR MX-13 Euro 6 engine is offered with outputs of 300 kW/410 hp, 340 kW/460 hp and 375 kW/510 hp and high torque outputs from 2,000 to 2,500 Nm, available across a broad engine speed range (1,000–1,425 rpm). A key principle when developing the new drivetrain was to keep fuel consumption at the same low level as that of the current Euro 5 ATe engines. The PACCAR MX-13 Euro 6 engine delivers outstanding durability with a B10 design life of 1.6 million kilometers and industry leading service (service intervals up to 150,000 km).
Optimized weight for high load capacities
A new, lighter rear axle is available for combination weights of up to 44 tonnes and engine torques of up to 2,300 Nm. A Stabilink suspension structure incorporates the function of the anti-roll bar, reducing weight and providing a high level of stability and excellent handling. A new fifth wheel mounting plate and smart positioning of the battery boxes result in additional weight savings. The new steering gear is mounted on a multifunctional casting, eliminating the need for a separate steering box mounting bracket.
Targeting maximum efficiency, DAF focused on providing the best layout for the completely new chassis. The standard 90-litre AdBlue tank (140-litre tank optional) is positioned under the cab and the batteries can be positioned to the rear inside the chassis. Combining the DeNOx system and the soot filter into a single unit makes it possible to provide fuel tank capacities of up to 1,500 liters for a maximum operating range. Additional enhancements include new rear mudguards and a redesigned closing cross-member for the chassis.The New DAF XF delivers highest level of driver comfort the moment you step inside.
By cleverly installing the engine and cooling system in the chassis, the height of the cab floor has remained virtually the same. This ensures excellent accessibility with only three aluminum steps positioned in a ‘staircase’ style. The low cab floor makes the XF Super Space Cab the most spacious cab on the market with a total volume of more than 12.6 m3.
The low cab floor also contributes to the excellent field of vision. The interior of the XF features many significant enhancements. The new PACCAR seats offer a wide adjustment range to provide an even greater degree of comfort.
The position of the pedals has been revised to include a hanging brake pedal for maximum ease of operation and more foot-well space.The steering wheel has been redesigned, along with the new central information panel on the dashboard, which features new functionalities and a new color screen.
XF cab is the standard for space and comfort.
What first catches the eye on the new DAF XF is its new exterior design. The front has a refined design which beautifully integrates the top and the bottom of the truck’s front. What is striking is the large, matte black grille with aluminium accents and a central, chrome panel bearing the DAF logo, which lends it a bold yet elegant appearance. The beautifully styled headlights also contribute, and the newly designed, galvanised steel bumper with integrated air guides contribute to better engine cooling.
The new headlight units come with H7 halogen lighting with integrated Day Time Running Lights (4 LEDs) as standard for excellent visibility during the day. LED headlight technology is optional for the headlights on the new XF—a first in the truck industry. LED lighting guarantees the greatest light output with a maximum service life and minimum energy consumption. Combined with this innovative LED technology, optional headlamp washers are also available, beautifully integrated in the new light units.
Another new addition are the “Cornering Lights”. These are attractively designed as part of the new steel bumper and are combined with fog lighting. Cornering Lights are illuminated when manoeuvring and turning in the driving direction and provide increased comfort and safety and a reduced risk of damage. With a view to keeping susceptibility to damage at an absolute minimum, the covers of the headlights and the fog lamps are made of unbreakable Lexan.
All of the lamps in the new front of the truck have excellent accessibility by way of inspection panels. This means, for example, that the headlight bulbs can be replaced quickly and easily without having to tilt the cab.
Well-designed roof spoiler
When designing the new XF, DAF paid much attention to optimising the air flow reducing air resistance and also minimising dirt and spray. The newly designed cab corner deflectors at the front of the truck direct the air flow in such a way that the door handles remain clean. Two of the three cab steps are protected by the door, also with the aim of combating dirt and reducing air resistance.
Because the width of the vehicle has increased to 2.55 metres, the mudguards, side fenders and side skirts have also been redesigned with a view to optimising aerodynamics and reducing dirt build up. The skirts with integrated steps have also been moved more towards the front. A side indicator has also been integrated into the mudguards to facilitate more awareness for cyclists and pedestrians.
Another new feature for the Space Cab is the roof spoiler, which reduces weight by approximately 25 kilogrammes. A unique addition to the new XF is the optional mechanism that the driver can use to easily and comfortably adjust the height of the spoiler using a spindle while standing next to the truck. A spoiler adjustment, perfectly matched to the trailer in all circumstances improves fuel consumption.
A windscreen cleaning set is also supplied as standard. This contains an ice scraper, a wiper and a cleaning cloth that is attached to a long telescopic arm which allows the driver to clean the windscreen easily and effectively.
New chassis: light and strong
The new chassis on the 4×2 tractors is made of high-tensile steel (KF600). This gives an extremely efficient, strong but light chassis for a high payload capacity. It is characterised by a central K-beam, which is used as a cross connection and which provides high torsional and bending rigidity.
The standard thickness of the side members is 6 millimetres; for special applications, a thickness of 7 millimetres is also available.
The closing cross member on the new chassis is designed in such a way that it is virtually equal to the height of the side members, so that no damage arises if the trailer and rear of the tractor touch each other.
This is important with high articulation such as roll on/roll off traffic and for driving in and out of loading bays.Another important feature is that the complete piping and wiring systems have been redesigned with optimal routing and excellent protection in order to give maximum reliability.
New mud guards
The chassis of the new DAF XF looks good and is attractively finished with new mud guards. The mud guards comprise three separate parts, and the uppermost part can be easily removed, whilst the outermost parts remain at a lower height than the chassis side members. This positioning means that they are no longer susceptible to damage from the trailer, which can sometimes occur when on or off-loading from docks or ships. To further reduce susceptibility to damage, the mud guards have been designed in such a way that they also effectively protect the new rear light units.
TFT information screen with DAF
Driver Performance Assistant
The dashboard has been designed around the driver and is available in three versions with a black finish, or with either Argenta (alu-look) or Rustica (wood-look) deco panels. The dashboard switches have been redesigned and are grouped by function for maximum ease of operation. The instrument panel has been completely renewed. The clocks and gauges with aluminium accents and non-reflective glass are newly designed for a more modern appearance and maximum readability. In the centre on the left is the speedometer, with digital information about speed related functions (cruise control and downhill speed control) at the base. The rev counter, with integrated digital information about the gearbox and the Intarder, if applicable, is located on the right-hand side of the instrument panel.
The dashboard has been designed around the driver and is available in three versions with a black finish, or with either Argenta (alu-look) or Rustica (wood-look) deco panels. The dashboard switches have been redesigned and are grouped by function for maximum ease of operation.
The instrument panel has been completely renewed. The clocks and gauges with aluminium accents and non-reflective glass are newly designed for a more modern appearance and maximum readability. In the centre on the left is the speedometer, with digital information about speed related functions (cruise control and downhill speed control) at the base. The rev counter, with integrated digital information about the gearbox and the Intarder, if applicable, is located on the right-hand side of the instrument panel.
The dashboard has been designed around the driver and is available in three versions with a black finish, or with either Argenta (alu-look) or Rustica (wood-look) deco panels. The dashboard switches have been redesigned and are grouped by function for maximum ease of operation. The instrument panel has been completely renewed.