At its Hagerstown, Maryland, assembly plant Tuesday, Volvo Trucks North America introduced its model year 2017 Volvo engines, including enhancements to the Volvo D11 and D13 engines and the launch of the Volvo D13 with turbo compounding. It also announced updates to its I-Shift automated manual transmission.
Volvo says the new engine offerings can deliver fuel economy benefits of between 2.2 and 6.5 percent compared to prior Volvo engines.
The Volvo D13 with turbo compounding – a technology that recovers wasted exhaust heat and converts it to useable mechanical energy in the form of 50 additional horsepower that is transferred back into the engine – was designed for customers in long-haul applications. This results in up to a 6.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared with previous engine models, says Volvo’s Goran Nyberg.
Volvo also updated its 11-liter D11 and standard 13-liter D13 to include a common-rail fuel system to boost fuel economy and reduce engine and cab noise, along with an updated EGR flow sensor to reduce condensation and soot buildup.
Also Tuesday, Volvo introduced its I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission (AMT). Designed with crawler functionality and startability, Moore says I-Shift with Crawler Gears is ideal for applications requiring a slow speed and maneuverabilty – applications such as concrete mixers with curb-pouring capability, asphalt paving, spreaders, dump trucks, heavy haul and line painters.