MAN exhibiting many new products at bauma 2019

New Euro 6 engine family and launch of the new D15 truck engine series.

MAN will be exhibiting a large number of driveline innovations and sector-specific product upgrades at bauma, the world’s leading trade fair for construction, building materials processing and mining machinery, vehicles and equipment, being held in Munich from 8th to 14th April 2019. The 11 MAN vehicles will be presented on stand 325 in hall B4, as well as on an outdoor stand outside the same hall.

Ultra-lightweight truck mixer chassis

MAN is extending its initiative offering concrete deliverers a truck mixer chassis with an extremely high load capacity by optimising the weight of various auxiliary units. MAN launched the lightweight hypoid tandem axle unit at bauma in 2016.

They offer a weight saving of 180 kilograms compared to the previously installed 13 tonne axles. The upgrade to the new MAN D15 engine series in 2019 will reduce the chassis weight by a further approximately 230 kilograms. This means around 410 kilograms additional payload - a big gain in terms of efficient transportation.

The chassis, weighing about 8.95 tonnes, meets the approval criteria for off-road vehicles of category N3G of standard height and with 315/80 R22.5 tyres, even with these hypoid axles. For the driver and the operating company it is important that MAN has achieved this weight reduction without any sacrifice in terms of equipment specification or cab comfort.

The same payload optimisation measures will benefit companies operating MAN TGS three-axle or four-axle tippers. For those models, too, the new D15 engine and the option of the lightweight hypoid tandem axle will reduce weight by some 410 kilograms.

MAN TGE at bauma for the first time

The MAN TGE series covers the range from 3.0 to 5.5 tonnes gross train weight, adding new models at the bottom end of the MAN truck portfolio, which previously ranged from 7.5 to 44 tonnes. The MAN TGE marked its world premier in autumn 2016 at the IAA commercial vehicles show in Hanover. Since spring 2017, MAN has been introducing the van range into various European markets.

The extensive product portfolio, featuring box vans, glazed combi vans and chassis units with single or crew cabs, covers a very wide range of applications in the construction industry as well as for landscaping and horticulture. The choice spans two wheelbases, three overhangs, three roof heights and three drive variants: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The 2-litre unit is available with four power ratings from 102 hp to 177 hp.

New D15 engine for MAN trucks

The new Euro 6 standard 9-litre D15 engine will be replacing the tried and proven D20 engine in the MAN TGS and TGX truck series in 2019,. The straight-six engine achieves higher power, lighter weight and better fuel efficiency, despite a smaller cubic capacity.

The engine's light weight is a major benefit for sector-specific applications. The payload is increased by about 230 kilograms. The new engine design is a particular boon to transporters of bulk cargo, such as fuels, mineral oils and concrete.

With three power ratings at 330 hp, 360 hp and 400 hp, the D15 engine is positioned in the middle range between the top-end 6-cylinder D08 engine series developing 320 hp and the bottom-end D26 developing 430 hp. The cubic capacity of the straight-six engine featuring Common Rail injection is 9037 ccm, with a stroke of 145 mm and a bore of 115 mm.

Traditionally MAN derives the designation of the engine from the last of those figures. The maximum torque is 1600 Nm with power output of 330 hp, increasing by 100 Nm at each power rating. A maximum engine braking power of 350 kW is available with the Turbo EVBec.

The Common Rail injection system operating at up to 2500 bar injection pressure, in conjunction with demand-based control of auxiliary units including the alternator and the air compressor, helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Since nowadays AdBlue is available without restriction, for the D15 engine series MAN relies on a pure SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment system.

The new engine family also includes the other MAN engine series D08, D26 and D38, which in the course of 2019 will be launched on the market as Euro 6 versions. As a result, the D26 engines will have 10 hp more power and 100 Nm more torque than the previous version. So the new power ratings will be 430 hp, 470 hp and 510 hp.

New driver assistance and safety systems for MAN trucks

For many years MAN has successfully offered adaptive cruise control (ACC); now the company is adding a Stop & Go feature. When first launched back in 2018, it was offered only for two-axle on-road semi-trailer tractors.

During the course of 2019 it will be available for a wide range of vehicles fitted with the TipMatic12 transmission, including particularly for the MAN TGS and TGX series used in the construction sector. Within the speed range 0 to 25 km/h, the ACC Stop & Go maintains a fixed distance from the vehicle ahead, brakes to a standstill as required, and after only a brief stoppage of a maximum of two seconds starts off again automatically. If the vehicle is stopped for longer, the driver presses the accelerator or a button on the multi-function steering wheel to move off again.

This year MAN will be introducing ComfortSteering in the TGM, TGS and TGX model series featuring the new engine family. This active steering system assists the driver by adapting the steering forces to the vehicle's speed.

This system also provides the technical basis for the Lane ReturnAssist (LRA) feature. If the driver unintentionally drifts out of the lane without indicating, the LRA activates and guides the vehicle back into the marked lane.

Video Manoeuvring System for optimum near-side visibility

Some of the truck exhibits on the MAN stand include the VAS Video Manoeuvring System which shows the driver the blind spot on the near-side of the vehicle, so providing early detection of critical situations when turning or manoeuvring.

The system assists the driver by providing vision in addition to the rear-view mirror by means of an in-cab monitor attached to the near-side A-pillar or the dash display screen, allowing a view of the blind spot area alongside the vehicle.

A wide-angle camera on the near-side of the cab captures the image. The camera monitor system can be supplemented by ultrasonic sensors on the front of the vehicle and along the near-side. These provide the driver with acoustic and visual (LED display) alerts indicating obstructions.

Refurbished – all MAN trucks now with optimised interior

For the 2018 model year MAN presented a new cab interior for trucks with Euro 6 engines. In the course of 2019, all TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series models conforming to emissions standards below Euro 6 will also be fitted with the new interior. Design, functionality and ergonomics are the focus areas.

Two modern interior colour schemes are available: “Sand” beige and “Urban Concrete” dark grey. The latter is more resilient to staining by dirty hands or oily workwear.

The main instrument panel features a clearly laid-out 4” high-definition colour screen. The displays on it are in different colours to aid readability and orientation. The central switch and control panel also has restructured functionality.

Switches are grouped by function for more intuitive operation, and functions that are used frequently, such as the rotary switch for the MAN TipMatic automated transmission, are now positioned on the main control panel. The instrument panel above and to the right of the central control panel offers more storage space with integral electrical sockets and new flexible cupholders.

The repositioning of the TipMatic rotary switch also creates more space between the seats and in front of the bunk. The coolbox/storage box also contributes to this extra space, because in the long cab variant it is stowed away under the bunk.

The coolbox is also larger than previously, and now has a capacity of 35 litres, with a quick cooling function and a quiet rest mode. Alternatively, a large lockable storage compartment can be provided in this location.

In the optimised rest area, the lower and (optional) upper bunks are provided with more convenient electrical controls, with switches for the internal lighting, the window lifters and the sliding roof. Four high-performance sockets (12V, 24V, USB) and a new lighting design enhance user comfort.

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