Monday 23 April 2018

MAN up at the CV Show

VW subsidiary MAN will be showcasing a range of new innovations at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show, which takes place between 24-26 April at the NEC Birmingham.

MAN takes the opportunity to launch new RHD cab interiors, new SCR-only engines for its light and medium-weight trucks, and a rear-wheel drive version of its VW-based TGE 3.5-tonne van together with a Vans to Go bodying programme.

New cab interiors are being rolled out across the TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX ranges. Refinements include a dash-mounted gear selector, rearranged switchgear, a 4-inch colour information display screen, a new park brake console which frees cab floor space, and new cup-holders.

Sleeper cabs also get a new coolbox and storage box, which stows completely under the bunk, new sleeper-compartment reading lamps on flexible swan necks, new switch control units for upper and lower bunks with control over interior lighting, windows, roof hatch, plus USB and power sockets and a digital alarm-clock.

There’s also a new back-wall storage unit for each bunk; and the TGX additionally has a new acoustics package claimed to lower interior noise by up to 1.5 dB.

The new SCR-only D08 engines are available on the TGL and TGM light and middle-weight trucks. They are lighter, quieter and more fuel-efficient than the combined EGR/SCR units they have replaced. In four-cylinder 4.6-litre and six-cylinder 6.9-litre forms they cover the range from 160 to 320 hp with enhanced torque at most power outputs.

Removing the EGR saves between 35 and 120 kg and results in a five per cent fuel-saving. The more compact engine allows a reduced cab height and the fitment of a third seat if needed.

Other recent changes include a revised 12-speed transmission for the TGM with speedshift in the top three gears. An additional feature is an idle-speed driving facility for use in heavy traffic – plus the TGM also gets the EfficientRoll package which allows the truck to freewheel downhill when it is safe and economical to do so.

The same package also cuts parasitic drag by disengaging the air-compressor when the truck is climbing steep inclines.

MAN is also announcing a new drive axle: the hypoid 35-Series, which will give a 275 kg weight-saving and help restore payload competitiveness in tipper applications.

On the TGE, the Vans to Go programme will include ready-bodied Lutons, tippers and dropsides, with the bodybuilder partners being announced at the show.

Three vehicles will appear on the stand: a TGE 3.18 SB with dropside body, a TGM 18.290 BL rigid with XL cab and a TGX 26.640 BLS mid-lift tractor with XXL cab.

CV Show stand: 5F10

Readers wishing to attend the CV Show can register here for their free tickets.

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