Iveco have instituted a change for their off-road truck range. The ‘Trakker’ that’s been around since 2004 and was rebranded as ‘T-Way’ in 2022 is now available to order in Australia. While the name has changed, the capability of these dedicated off-highway models remains and has been improved in several areas.
As a counterpoint to Iveco’s S-Way roadgoing models, the T-Way rebranding makes sense, bringing some unity to the model naming system. A number of S-Way styling features have been adopted by the new T-Way, too, further uniting the range.
Key updates on the T-Way over the Trakker include the adoption of the latest Euro6 compliant engines, a new cabin design and what Iveco say are vastly improved levels of comfort and refinement.
The T-Way line-up includes 4x4, 6x6 and 8x4 configurations, with GVM/GCM of 20,500kg/44,000kg, 33,500kg/60,000kg and 41,000kg/60,000kg, respectively, ensuring there’s a solution for just about any off-road application. Additionally, a choice of four model-dependent wheelbases are available, ranging from 3800mm to 5820mm.
Engines and Transmissions
Powering the T-Way is a choice of four engines across Iveco’s Cursor 9 and Cursor 13 six-cylinder families, all of which gain a ‘Step E’ label in their latest Euro6 form.
Standard in the T-Way AD 4x4 is the Cursor 9; an 8.7-litre powerplant producing 360hp (265kW) and torque of 1,650Nm at just 925rpm. For additional power, the optional Euro6 Cursor 13 with its 12.9-litre displacement is also available. This engine produces 410hp (302kW) and 2,100Nm of torque at 1,000rpm.
In the T-Way AD 6x6, the Cursor 13 is standard, but with a higher state of tune, producing 450hp (331kW) and 2,200Nm of torque at 870 rpm, while in the dual steer T-Way AD 8x4, the Cursor 13 peaks at 510hp (375kW) and 2,300Nm of torque from 900rpm.
All four engines use Iveco’s patented Hi-eSCR after-treatment technology with a diesel oxydation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, selective catalytic reduction and clean up catalyst.
On the transmission front, all T-Way variants employ the Hi-Tronix Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) that’s alredy been proven in the S-Way range.
In AD 4x4 units with the Cursor 9 engine, a 12-speed Hi-Tronix AMT is standard, but if the 410hp Cursor 13 is selected, then it’s matched to a 16-speed version. Stepping up to the AD 6x6 and 8x4 models means the 16-speed Hi-Tronix is standard.
Both AMTs provide the flexibility to be operated in auto-mode, just like a car automatic, or manually via the column mounted sequential shifter, allowing drivers an additional level of control if the road conditions require it.
Iveco says the Hi-Tronix transmissions offer super-fast and smooth gear changes for seamless power delivery and have been durability tested to over 1.2 million kilometres.
To suit their intended application in agriculture, mining, forestry, exploration and other off-highway environments, the T-Way retains the rugged multi-wheel drive systems of the Trakker. All wheels are driven in the 4x4 and 6x6 variants, but 8x4 T-Ways offer drive to the rear axles only.
All T-Ways are equipped with hub reduction axles, with the 4x4 and 6x6 models also including front, centre and rear differential locks (rear diff locks only on the 8x4) to provide superior traction in slippery conditions.
A two-speed transfer case delivers what Iveco says is excellent tractability in low range, allowing steep ascents and descents to be tackled safely and easily.
To suit rough surfaces, approach angle is 33 degrees, while ground clearance of 346mm front and 284mm rear (minimum) with standard tyres provides the ability to negotiate muddy or uneven terrain more easily.
Balancing a smooth ride with the articulation needed on broken ground, AD 4x4 and AD 6x6 T-Ways feature parabolic suspension with dampers and a stabiliser bar up front, while at the back, there’s a 3-leaf parabolic suspension with a stabiliser bar.
The AD 8x4 also features parabolic suspension with dampeners on the front end, but the rear is upgraded to a 4-leaf parabolic set-up. This model is also available with pneumatic suspension (8 bag) as an option.
The T-Way’s steel chassis has been designed to allow better flex and articulation over rough ground, while its flat finish means that body fitment is easier and more efficient than previously.
A towing cross member and front tow hook are fitted as standard, while a rear PTO (on all models) provides scope to fit a wide range of body types.
Iveco says the new T-Way’s superior off-road performance doesn’t come at the expense of safety. A range of active and passive safety features are fitted as standard; all of which are designed to make every journey – off road and on road – as safe as possible for the driver, passengers and other road users.
AD 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles are equipped with a full air/Electronic Braking System (EBS) with drum ABS, Anti-Skid Regulator and Hill Holder, DRLs, LED headlights (with cornering fog lights), transmission intarder and engine brake. Optional upgrades for the T-Way AD 4x4 and 6x6 include Lane Departure Warning and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.
The AD 8x4 offers the same safety tech, but upgrades the drum brakes to discs all round.
Finally, the cab on all T-Way model variants is ECE-R29.03 certified for durability in an accident or roll-over.
Cabin Upgrades – Inside and Out
Compared to the Trakker, the T-Way features a newly designed cabin, incorporating the latest Iveco family look. Described as sleek and modern, but still purposeful, the new aerodynamic cabin design provides excellent visibility, assisted by specially designed and positioned new side mirrors that are both motorised and heated.
The multi-piece steel front bumper (where each component can be replaced individually if damaged) from other Iveco models is applied to the T-Way, with a foldable step and headlight protection grid also standard.
Inside the cabin, the T-Way’s amenities and ergonomics are said to be a generational leap over the Trakker it replaces. New additions include a 7-inch LCD HD touch screen display Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, a leather wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls and a car-like push button start/stop function.
Other in-cabin convenience features include Bluetooth connectivity, smart phone mirroring, voice recognition, in-built satellite navigation by TomTom (that’s also reverse and side camera compatible), auto headlights and wipers, plus a new integrated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with ‘Eco-mode’.
Air suspended, heated and 3-way adjustable seats for driver and passenger are standard, with a third seat optionally available to make the cabin a 3-seater.
Following its public reveal at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show, orders for the new Iveco T-Way have opened. For further details and to order, see your Iveco dealership.
The standard T-Way warranty is 2 Years / 500,000km / 6,000 engine hours, with extended warranties of up to 5 Years available. Iveco Maintenance and Repair Contract options are also available.