Eicher tractor-trailer range explored
Published On Aug 31, 2020
We get into the three key tractor-trailers offered by the Eicher in the top-end of the heavy-duty segment- the Pro 6040, Pro 6046 and Pro 6055
Indian transport and logistics industry has been modernising at a rapid pace over the last decade. This has been accelerated by the government's enormous focus on improving infrastructure and technologically advanced trucks introduced by the OEMs. The expanding highways and expressways across the key freight and industrial corridors enabled far superior and efficient cargo transportation. Studies have indicated that the average truck speed on any given long-haul trip has become considerably better than a few years ago. This has prompted faster delivery of cargo and better uitlisation of trucks.
The implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) has provided further impetus to the hub-and-spoke transportation model. What does this mean? Fleet-operators now preferred a heavy-duty multi-axle truck or a prime mover for long-haul transportation on inter-state routes to carry heavy and bulk cargo while the smaller vehicle is deployed for last-mile delivery.
Hence, the demand for heavy-duty tractor-trailers (TT) has shot-up significantly over the last few years. The TT carries a massive trailer with goods worth 40T and above on long routes. This bulk movement of goods is economical to run on a per kilometer basis. Thus, large, organized fleet-operators are looking at TT as one of the most promising segments that have been registering a gradual growth. Naturally, though Indian truck makers have introduced some of the most modern TT in their product portfolio.
Eicher Trucks, the full-range truck maker has introduced an impressive range of HCVs, both the multi-axle rigid and tractor-trailers. The company has modern TT in its portfolio to cater to the high-end demand of the markets and at the same time, take on the two traditional CV rivals, HCV leaders Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland. Let's dive in.
Tractor Trailer Range
In the BS6 range of trucks, Eicher has three major Tractor Trailer in its HCV portfolio: Pro 6040, Pro 6046, and Pro 6055 in the 40T, 46T, and 55T gross weight category. Eicher says this TT is modern, equipped with advanced technology, highly durable aggregates with a globally recognized BS6 powertrain, designed and developed for Indian road and operating conditions, capable and fulfill any challenging cargo transport needs for its customers.
The Pro 6040, as the name suggests, is a 40T gross weight tractor-trailer, it is powered by the Eicher VEDX5, 4-cylinder, BS6 engine, it produces a maximum power of 250hp at a massive 900 Nm of torque. Their key aggregates are high quality 395 mm clutch, 6-speed gearbox, heavy-duty fully floating single reduction rear axle. The front suspension is a parabolic leaf spring with shock absorber and the rear semi-elliptic laminated leaf spring. The Pro 6040 comes with a comfortable sleeper cabin, the fuel tank is 350L size, and gradability is 16% on the 3200 mm wheelbase.
The Pro 6040 is suitable for applications including cement, bulker, tip trailer, blue metal & coal, tankers, steel coil, market load, ISO containers, and medium over-dimensional cargo.
The Pro 6046 is a 45.5T gross weight tractor-trailer, it is powered by the Eicher VEDX8, 6-cylinder, BS6 engine, it produces a maximum power of 260hp at a massive 1000 Nm of torque.
The Pro 6046 gets a high quality 430 mm clutch, 9-speed gearbox, heavy-duty fully floating single reduction rear axle, the front suspension is parabolic leaf spring with shock absorber, and the rear semi-elliptic laminated leaf spring. The tilt and telescopic in power-steering offers a comfortable driving experience. This TT also gets a comfortable sleeper cabin, the fuel tank is 350L size, and gradability is 26% on a wheelbase of 3200 mm. This TT can be deployed on various applications, including SO containers, cement, tankers, steel coil, tip trailers, reefer.
The Pro 6055 is the top-end, highest 55T gross weight tractor-trailer, powered by the Eicher VEDX8, 6-cylinder, BS6 engine, produces a maximum power of 260hp at a massive 1000 Nm of torque.
The Pro 6055 shared almost similar aggregates like the high quality 430 mm clutch, 9-speed gearbox, heavy-duty fully floating single reduction rear axle, and the front suspension is parabolic leaf spring with shock absorber and the rear bell crank suspension. The tilt and telescopic in power-steering offers an effortless driving experience. This TT also gets a comfortable sleeper cabin, the fuel tank is 350L size, and gradability is 23% on the 4050 mm wheelbase.
This top-end TT can be used for massive cargo-carrying applications, including containers, auto-carriers, LPG bullets, steel coil, and even colossal over-dimensional cargo.
Packed with Tech
To boost this TT's performance to help the customers run them most productively to earn more revenue, Eicher is offering key technologies such as cruise control to maintain speed and rpm without engaging the accelerators, brake, or clutch to help fatigue-free driving and also better mileage.
Fuel coaching to guide the driver selecting the right gears and rpm to achieve superior mileage. Because any small saving in fuel means higher revenues, Eicher Live, the intelligent telematics solution to manage fleet-effectively, is also available on the TT range. Similarly, M-Booster Plus technology allows the driver to drive the truck in different modes depending on the load and terrain to use trucks and make mileage gains efficiently.
The company is also making sure that the customer gets a higher return on his investment by utilizing the truck to its highest potential. Thus, each TT offers superior uptime, more trips with the highest fuel efficiency, super comfort cabin, and driver-friendly features. Making sure the driver has better control of the vehicle and keeps driving the vehicle for long hours without breaks covering a higher distance every day.
Eicher has successfully put out an excellent and promising tractor-trailer offering to its customers; these trucks are equipped with all the performance characteristics. The company is backing 24x7 support across India's length and breadth, full-roadside assistance, and telematics solution to use these top-end trucks most efficiently. Thus, this total package makes the Pro Series tractor-trailer quite compelling and can take on the market leader.