Hyundai offers first view of Xcient prime mover

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Hyundai offers the transport industry a preview of its Xcient prime mover at this month’s Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo. It is the brand’s headline truck at Expo and is the first to reach this country.

The Xcient 6x4 tractor unit at Expo is presented in long range line-haul format with high-roof, sleeper cab and aero kit along with an in-cab fridge, a huge bed, and an abundance of storage. It has been imported for early evaluation by major freight and transport companies ahead of a launch date set for late 2017. Hyundai will also use this early production unit to finalise New Zealand specification for the Xcient.

"With Xcient we move into an all-new segment of the local transport market. It’s a proven product in line-haul and shorter range transport roles overseas and we’re sure it’s going to be keenly received by transport companies here in New Zealand," he said.
Launched earlier in left hand drive markets, the Xcient caused a stir in the industry with its European-inspired styling and design backed with a high level of safety and driver-assistance features.

At the truck’s heart is a 12-litre turbocharged J-series diesel engine making 382 kW (520 ps) at 1,700 rpm and 255 kg/m (2500 Nm / 1843 lb-ft) at 1200 rpm. The engine drives through a ZF AS tronic Automated Transmission (AMT) with 12 forward and 2 reverse gears with a low speed-speed manoeuvring mode.

With full disc brakes, air suspension, electronic stability control, the Xcient weighs 8.5 tonnes, has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) figure of 31.7 tonnes and a maximum combined mass (GCM) of 70 tonnes – all substantially higher than standard New Zealand limits, meaning the truck is substantially under-stressed for work on Kiwi roads and highways.

When Xcient goes on sale late 2017 the range will include both long range line-haul and standard-cab variants, the latter with a cab profile more suited to urban and short-haul work.
Mr Sinclair said though many New Zealanders are more familiar with Hyundai through its award-winning range of cars and SUVs, the company’s global profile is broad, and includes civil engineering, trains, ship building and heavy transport divisions.

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