BUYERS GUIDE - HEAVY DUTY
Although it’s been available in some markets for the past two years, Iveco revealed the Australian-market T-Way truck range at the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show. The T-Way 4×4 and 6×6 models replace the previous Trakker models.
The outgoing Trakker picked up some fertiliser-spreader sales in Australia, so Iveco obviously thinks the T-Way 4×4 will continue that trend and the 6×6 variant could have some applications as well: possibly in mining and water drilling tasks.
As with the Trakker the new T-Way slots into the heavy end of the AWD truck market. The Eurocargo 4×4 is powered by a 5.9-litre diesel six, with 205kW/950Nm output driving through a ZF manual-synchromesh, six-speed transmission, to 5.7-tonnes capacity front axle and 10 tonnes capacity rear axle, for a rated 15 tonnes GVM.
The heavier-duty T-Way 4×4 model is powered by either a 9.7-litre 265kW/1650Nm diesel six, with a 12-speed automated manual transmission, or a 13-litre 302kW/2100Nm diesel six, with 16-speed ATM. Both truck models are rated at 20.5 tonnes GVM.
The T-Way 6×6 is powered by the 13-litre/16-speed powertrain, but with uprated outputs of 331kW/2200Nm.
Both 4×4 and 6×6 variants have an eight-tonne-rated front axle and 13-tonnes-each rear tandem, for 32 tonnes GVM.
Although based on the road-going S-Way truck range, the T-Way AWD models have different specifications, with fewer electronic driving aids – no AEB or lane-keeping assist, for example – and drum brakes. However, they do have cruise control, EBS/ABS/ASR, transmission retarder, engine brake and hill-holding function.
Across-axle differential locks are fitted to all axles and the transfer case has a reduction ratio of 1.6:1.
We’d love to give you an on and off road report on the new T-Way, but we are talking about Iveco, aren’t we? They don’t like our outbacktravelaustralia.com.au reports on the trouble-plagued Iveco Daily 4×4, so we don’t hold out any hope of a T-Way drive.
Previous model – Trakker
Rated at 18 tonnes GVM, the new Trakker 360AD was the largest 4×4 available in the Iveco range, in 2016.
Powering the Trakker was Iveco’s proved Cursor 8 engine, featuring a variable geometry turbo and overhead camshaft design, with four valves per cylinder.
The 7.8-litre, six-cylinder unit produced 265kW (360hp), with 1500Nm of torque at a low 1125 rpm. Like other Iveco engines the Cursor 8 employed selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology at Euro 5 emission levels.
The standard manual transmission was a ZF 16-speed synchromesh box, with a single-plate clutch. Optional was a Eurotronic 12-speed automated manual transmission.
The two-speed transfer case incorporated a driver-lockable centre differential, allowing full-time 4×4 operation and it had a low-range ratio of 1.6:1.
Hub reduction front and rear axles were fitted with driver-controlled differential locks.
When fitted with the standard Michelin 385/65R22.5 XZY3 front and Michelin 315/80R22.5 XDY3 dual rear tyres, the Trakker 4×4 had 380mm of ground clearance under the front axle and 316mm at the rear.
Parabolic leaf-spring suspension combined load carrying ability with superior articulation and improved ride comfort.
Braking was front and rear drums, with ABS and EBL (Electronic Brakeforce Limitation) and ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation).