Sunday, June 4, 2023

DAF Trucks introduces XG+ 660 15-litre Cummins engine for almost 100 tonnes

DAF presents the XG+ 660 at the Brisbane Truck Show in Australia. The Paccar MX15 engine (Cummins X15D) produces 490 kW (660 Hp) and 3260 Nm of torque.

The 660 hp Euro 6 version of the new DAF is for the Australian market only. Alongside the new top model, DAF is introducing the latest generation of trucks for the first time in Australia.

The new ‘flagship’ from the Dutch manufacturer, the DAF XG+ 660, was unveiled today at the Brisbane Truck Show in Australia. It turned out to be a truck equipped with the aforementioned Cummins engine of the American brand with a capacity of 15 liters and which developed 660 hp and 3,200 Nm of torque. In the clean copy, it was also combined with a 6×4 drive and a 21-ton rear bogie, and as a result, a heavy tractor was created for towing two semi-trailers. Hence the very high GVW of the set, here defined as 97 tonnes.

Information about the new model:

In the DAF nomenclature, the new engine would be called the Paccar MX-15, while Cummins itself named it the X15D. As the Australian media reports, the new unit has been tested for two years and is secretly installed in the DAF of the old generation. These trucks have traveled at least 5 million kilometers in Australia, working for local transporters and hauling heavy sets known as “road trains”.

In terms of eco-friendly equipment, the new unit will meet Euro 6 emission standards, which are mandatory in Australia from next year. But could this mean that the 660PS DAF will also make its European debut? Undoubtedly, an offer of this type could generate some interest, for example in the 25 meter configuration, on routes in Scandinavia or simply in larger transport. However, for now, no specific announcement has been made on the subject, and Dutch website “Epilex” has also received unofficial information that the 660 will remain an Australia-only version. This is because of the potentially very high fuel consumption of this engine, which means higher CO2 emissions and thus also problems with meeting EU greenhouse gas standards.

In conclusion, I would like to add that DAF has been working closely with American Cummins for years. In the early 1990s, it was Cummins that supplied the top 500-hp unit for the 95 model. The same company also developed the 530-hp engine for the 1997–1999 95XF, and then Cummins began selling smaller engines to DAF, such as the 6.7-liter diesel for the LF and CF. True, it was called the Pacar PX-7, but under the Dutch guise was American technology.

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