IVECO Displays Its Heavy Duty Off-Road Range at Drillfest 2023

IVECO showcased two of its most prominent heavy-duty off-road models at this year’s Drillfest, the recently launched T-Way 6×6 and ASTRA HD9 8×8. Drillfest took place on October 18-19, in Toowoomba, Queensland.

A recently launched T-Way 6×6 featured on the IVECO stand at this year’s Drillfest exhibition (8×4 model pictured).

The T-Way is available in 4×4, 6×6 and 8×4 variants, and brings the next generation of technology to IVECO’s off-road line-up including an enhanced range of low emission Euro6 (Step E) engines.

The AD 6×6 display model features a 12.9l engine that produces 450hp (331kW) and 2,200Nm of torque at 870 rpm. All engines are coupled to the Hi-Tronix Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which is widely used in IVECO’s heavy duty road going models; this transmission offers super-fast and smooth gear changes and has been durability tested to over 1.2million kilometres.

In the AD 6×6, the Hi-Tronix is specified in 16-speed guise and provides the flexibility to be used in auto-mode, or alternatively, the driver can manually select gears via the sequential shifter, providing an additional level of control if road conditions require. To ensure suitability for a wide array of body fitments, all T-Way models feature a standard rear engine PTO.

Safety in the new T-Way is also elevated. AD 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles are equipped with a full air / Electronic Braking System (EBS) with Drum ABS and ASR (Anti-Skid Regulator) and Hill Holder, Daytime Running Lamps, LED headlamps (with cornering fog lights), transmission intarder and engine brake, and a tough ECE-R29.03 certified cab. Additionally, buyers can add to the safety equation by selecting the optional Lane Departure Warning System and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

Also on show was an ASTRA HD9 8×8, a favourite platform for a range of mining, drilling and exploration applications.

Drivers will also appreciate new cabin and ergonomic benchmarks which replicate many of the same features as the top-of-the-line S-Way range, which are designed for long-distance travel.

Of course, T-Way is also extremely well equipped to thrive when road conditions deteriorate. The range features full-time drive systems, hub reduction to all drive axles and front, centre and rear differential locks to provide superior traction in slippery conditions. The two-speed transfer case delivers excellent tractability in low range, allowing T-Way to overcome steep ascents and descents easily and safely.

The ASTRA HD9 8×8 display vehicle boasts a 48 tonne GVM and 70 tonne GCM ensuring generous payloads and towing capacity for an array of demanding off road applications.

Featuring huge ground clearance, a full-time 8×8 system with lockable differentials on all axles, a combination of parabolic front and rear parabolic cantilever suspension and high tensile steel chassis, the ASTRA can comfortably contend with the most difficult terrain.

Yet despite its off-road credentials, it’s surprisingly easy to drive thanks to its ZF Hi-Tronix 12-speed automated manual transmission, which is matched to a 480hp / 2,300Nm engine (a 520hp / 2400Nm option is also available). Inside the cab, the ASTRA boasts many of the comfort and ergonomic features of IVECO’s road-going models, making for a relaxed driving experience.

With huge ground clearance, full-time 8×8 drive with lockable differentials on all axles, the ASTRA is perfect for the toughest off-road conditions.
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