Volvo Trucks North America’s new 2017 integrated powertrain made its public debut yesterday, April 14, at Truck World 2016 at the International Centre in Toronto. Volvo’s new powertrain delivers best-in-class performance, productivity, fuel efficiency and improved total cost of ownership for Volvo customers through numerous updates designed to increase fuel efficiency, productivity, reliability, packaging, comfort and uptime.
“We’ve experienced a positive response to our new 2017 powertrain since its introduction, and we’re proud to be able to share it for the first time with the public here in Toronto,” said Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Not only are we furthering our leadership in integrated powertrain design, we’re also raising customer expectations for fuel efficiency, power and performance.”
Volvo’s 2017 powertrain offerings, shown in booth No. 1047 at Truck World, feature a number of improvements, including:
- New, enhanced Volvo D11 and D13 engines;
- Turbo compounding for the D13 engine;
- Smarter, stronger Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmissions;
- The introduction of Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears;
- The launch of Volvo I-See, an intelligent cruise control feature ; and
- A new one-box Exhaust Aftertreatment System (EATS).
These technology improvements demonstrate Volvo’s commitment to meet the needs of customers’ full range of applications through integrated powertrain development.
“Our D11 and D13 engines were already among the most efficient in the industry, but we were confident that we could increase the efficiency further,” said John Moore, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager – powertrain. “Thanks to several innovative new components, including new wave pistons and a turbo compounding system, we’re able to boost fuel efficiency by up to 2.2 percent for the D11, up to 2.5 percent for the D13 and up to 6.5 percent for the D13 with Turbo Compound.”
In addition to its new engines, Volvo made several updates to its I-Shift automated manual transmissions, resulting in faster shifting and improved performance. The I-Shift with Crawler Gears also was introduced for applications where extreme slow speeds and maneuverability are required.
“The new I-Shift with Crawler Gears is suitable for both vocational and on-highway applications,” said Allison Athey, Volvo product marketing manager – transmissions. “Not only does it enable applications such as curb pouring and asphalt paving, the crawler gears also offer improved startability for heavy haul and up to 220,000 lbs. or more GCW based on application approval.”
Volvo displays four trucks during the show. All four models feature Volvo’s integrated powertrain, which combines a Volvo proprietary engine and Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission. Each truck also comes standard with Remote Diagnostics, Volvo’s telematics-based proactive diagnostics and repair planning system that’s proven to improve uptime by up to one day per event.
Featured trucks include:
- Volvo D11 engine: 365 horsepower, 1,350 lb.-ft. of torque
- Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears
- Volvo T-Ride suspension
- Volvo D13 engine: 455 horsepower, 1,750-1,550 lb.-ft. of torque
- Volvo I-Shift
- Volvo air suspension
- Volvo D16 engine: 550 horsepower, 1,850-1,650 lb.-ft. of torque
- Volvo I-Shift