The most advanced big bore diesel truck engine ever developed by Cummins will be unveiled at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.
The entirely new 15-litre platform, known as the X15D, will deliver the highest-ever outputs for a Cummins truck engine – 660hp backed up by massive peak torque of 2360 lb ft – while achieving major improvements in fuel efficiency at ultra-low emissions levels the company said in a statement released today.
“With the all-new X-series platform, Cummins is taking the internal combustion engine to a next generation level, capable of meeting future ultra-low emission standards with a low-to-zero carbon fuel capability,” said Mike Fowler, Director of On-highway business for Cummins Asia Pacific.
As yet, there is no firm date for release of the X15D in Australia and New Zealand.
An extensive field test program now underway, which started in Australia in 2021, will determine when this will occur.
“The X15D will only be released when we are completely satisfied with its reliability and durability in meeting the harsh demands of the Australian B-double duty cycle,” said Fowler.
A key feature of the X15D is its dry weight reduction of 225kg compared with the current X15.
A sculpted iron block and composite oil pan are among the weight saving features that result in the X15D having the highest power-to-weight density in the industry.
“The unique power cylinder design enables much higher peak cylinder pressures – 20 per cent higher than the current engine – and that enhances power density and overall efficiency,” said Fowler.
Featuring the latest evolution of Cummins’ XPI (Extreme Pressure Injection) fuel system, the X15D will be offered with four ratings – 560-, 600-, 630- and 660hp – with peak torque spanning 1990 to 2360lb-ft.
The 660hp/2360lb-ft rating eclipses the current X15 peaks of 615 hp/2050lb-ft and will enhance Cummins’ engine downspeeding strategy for improved fuel economy.
“This strategy is about reducing cruise rpm for fuel economy gains while at the same time providing the grunt to meet both driver and trip time expectations,” said Fowler, who noted that peak torque extends over a wide band, from 1500rpm all the way back to 1000rpm.
Field trials of the X15D rated at 660hp in Australia, according to Fowler, have shown fuel economy improvements up to eight per cent.
By the end of 2023, more than 10 trucks are expected to be involved in the field trial where the aim is to accumulate more than five million test kilometres.
Cummins recently held a gathering for its new apprentices, as part of the company’s 2023 National Onboarding Program.