The new Hyundai Trago Xcient that is launched on the Seoul Motor Show 2013 looks like it is made to stand up to the European competition.
Hyundai says the new truck is the new benchmark where it comes to fuel efficiency, styling and comfort. ‘We think this new vehicle can help us to become an important global player on the market for heavy trucks’ is what Hyundai spokesman say. The Koreans invested 120 milion Euro’s in the new Trago Xcient.
The design is very good and it is clear that it is inspired on the latest European trucks. The internal hight in the cab is 1895 mm, so even European drivers can stand straight up in the interior. The bunk is 800 mm wide, and there is 1046 liter of storage space in the cab. That are figures that look good amongst the European trucks!
The Xcient comes with two engines. Ther is the 10 liter H-engine with 320 Hp and a torque of 1900 Nm. The seccond engine is the Powertech diesel with 520 Hp and 2500 Nm. In the old Trago truck Hyundai used the ZF AsTronic, and we espect to see that also in the new truck. Information about that is not there yet, but the official press release mentions the ‘Twin Clutch’. Does that mean the new ZF Traxon DSG?
Hyundai claims the fuel efficiency is 7% lower than the previous Trago models. The truck will be on the South Korean market in the seccond half of this year, and the truck will also be on Comtrans in Moskow. Plans for the European market are not confirmed, but Hyundai says they espect a production volume of 60.000 units by 2017. That is impressive, and that number needs worldwide sales.
In the meanwhile we are waiting for more information and especialy interior photo’s!
Read further for the official pressrelease of Hyundai:
Hyundai Motor’s Heavy Duty Truck Xcient Makes Its World Debut at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show
– With improved styling and efficiency, the new truck is expected to raise Hyundai’s presence in the global commercial vehicle market
March 28, 2013 –
Hyundai Motor Company’s commercial division today unveiled its new heavy duty truck Xcient at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The next generation of Trago, which debuted in 2006, returns with greater styling and a variety of improved features. The Xcient is expected to set new standards in the heavy duty truck market with an impressive combination of grand, dynamic style, best-in-class fuel economy and spacious cabin room. The name ‘Xcient’ was made combining XC, the biggest unit measuring data, and the word ‘efficient,’ conveying the truck’s power and efficiency. “The Xcient is the result of Hyundai Motor’s relentless pursuit of excellence and technology innovation,” said Hanyoung Choi, Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman. “We believe that this new vehicle will help us achieve our goal of becoming a major player in the commercial vehicle market.” The Xcient, which took three years and 200 billion won of investment to develop, offers a full lineup including cargo, tractor and dump. From the early development stages, truck customers’ needs and market trends were fully reflected. The wide grille strengthens its confident look, while side character lines add to its bold yet sophisticated image. The cabin height was increased by 330 mm to 1,895mm, giving drivers more space. The width of the bed inside the cabin has also been increased to 800mm from 650mm, optimizing the truck for long distance driving. The 1,046 L storage room offers more convenience as well. The Xcient comes with two diesel engines: 10L H-engine, with maximum output of 420ps, maximum torque of 200kg•m, and Powertech engine, with maximum output of 520ps, maximum torque of 255kg•m. Due to improved engine performance, the new model’s fuel economy has been enhanced by seven percent from the previous model. In addition, the new model boasts enhanced durability resulting from improved components, including dump spring, twin clutch and air suspension, making the truck more economically efficient by lowering maintenance costs. The Xcient adopted a number of convenience features for the first time in the commercial vehicle market, such as driver seat with cold/warm air ventilation, button-start. In particular, Hyundai’s advanced in-vehicle telematics service ‘Blue Link’ was included for the first time in its commercial vehicles. Hyundai Xcient will go on sale in the second half of this year with a target of 60,000 global sales by 2017. Hyundai is set to hold events for the new car in overseas markets including Peru and Russia. During the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai displays a total of eight models, including the Xcient, CNG hybrid bus and electric bus at a separate booth dedicated to commercial vehicles. About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor – which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. – sold 4,4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80.000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com