BUYERS GUIDE - HEAVY DUTY
Iveco’s Daily has given the Japanese 4×4 truck makers a fright and the new Trakker 4×4 might do the same at the heavy end of the 4×4 market.
Rated at 18 tonnes GVM, the new Trakker 360AD is the largest 4×4 available in the Iveco range. The previous heavy 4×4 truck was the Eurocargo with up to 15 tonnes GVM.
Powering the Trakker is 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 produces 265kW (360hp), with 1500Nm of torque at a low 1125 rpm. Like other Iveco engines the Cursor 8 employs selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology at Euro 5 emission levels.
The standard manual transmission is a ZF 16-speed synchromesh box, with a single-plate clutch. Optional is a Eurotronic 12-speed automated transmission.
The two-speed transfer case incorporates a driver-lockable centre differential, allowing full-time 4×4 operation and it has a low-range ratio of 1.6:1.
Hub reduction front and rear axles are 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 has a generous 380mm of ground clearance under the front axle and 316mm at the rear.
Parabolic leaf-spring suspension combines load carrying ability with superior articulation and improved ride comfort.
Braking is front and rear drums, with ABS and EBL (Electronic Brakeforce Limitation) and ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation).
The Trakker 4×4 has been available in New Zealand for some time.