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New Scania G 540 XT primed for construction boom

Tipper and dog operators have been given a glimpse of Scania’s new G 540 XT.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer expects the market for high demand power applications to take to the new 540 hp six-cylinder SCR-only Euro 6-compliant engine that it claims delivers 2700 Nm of torque — 100 Nm more than its nearest rival.

Businesses seeking superior total operating economy from tipper and dog operations are likely to appreciate its elevated chassis for superior ground clearance and its quarry and construction site friendly features that protect the lights and front of the vehicle.

These are supported by a 150 mm protruding steel bumper with integrated tow-hook, as well as a front under bumper bash-plate.

Introduced in late 2018 as a solution for builders and contractors working in the booming construction, civil engineering and infrastructure sector, the XT range is equipped with the most powerful six-cylinder in the company’s bracket of modular engines.

Rated to 75 tonnes GCM and with peak torque available between 1000 and 1300 rpm, Scania can offer even smoother acceleration more than likely to be appreciated by drivers at traffic lights in built up areas.

Where front axle weight is critical, the engine, according to Scania, excels on low-down driveability, with adequate torque to make shifting loads uphill seamless.

The inline six-cylinder engine saves around 300 kg over the front axle compared with the Scania V8s which have proven popular with the likes of tipper operators to date.

Updates include new friction-reducing coatings on pistons, rings and bores, increased compression rates and higher cylinder pressures, the adoption of smart auxiliary pumps, and modified inlet and exhaust manifolds, all of which work to reduce fuel consumption by up to 2.5 per cent.

Paired with a Scania GRSO905R overdrive 14-speed gearbox, the 540 hp derives an extra 40 hp over the previous iteration courtesy of Scania XPI fuel injection, and a new ball-bearing fixed geometry turbocharger which delivers more useable grunt.

The G 540 XT tipper is fitted with side curtain roll-over protection airbags and a steering wheel-mounted airbag as standard.

Further advanced safety features include advanced emergency braking (AEB), electronic stability program (ESP), lane departure warning (LDW), adaptive cruise control (ACC), driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners, auto hill hold, and LED head and taillights.

“Scania is very pleased to add the 540 hp engine to the very successful XT family for construction and civil engineering tipper work. We expect this combination to be very popular as it offers an excellent mix of performance and economy,” said Dean Dal Santo, Scania Australia Truck Sales Director.

“Scania continues to provide greater torque than its rivals at identical horsepower outputs and the new 540 XT is no different, giving our customers an advantage in terms of driveability and fuel efficiency,” he said.

“The Scania 540 engine has proven itself to be frugal and powerful on Australian roads in the eight months that it has been available for haulage operations. We know that construction and infrastructure work has equally tough operating environments: high payloads, gruelling city driving in congested streets as well as for the drivers, long hours behind the wheel. That’s why the combination of Scania’s traditional strengths of comfortable and quiet operation will be enhanced further with the addition of this more potent, higher output engine.”

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