Iveco has unveiled its Euro-6 Eurocargo line up, which follows the Italian manufacturer’s SCR-only policy, with larger four and six-cylinder engines and up to 11,000 ex-factory variations of engine, transmission and chassis options.

There is no Stralis-style facelift: the new Eurocargo looks the same as Euro-5 models, inside and out. In the transition to Euro-6 the four- and six-cylinder Tector engines have gained extra swept volume, taking them from 3.9 litres to 4.5 litres and from 5.9 litres to 6.7 litres respectively.

These Tector 5 and 7 engines employ Iveco’s patented Hi eSCR-only NOx-reduction system instead of the alternative EGR plus SCR strategy. “We get the same result with one system rather than two,” said Flach, adding that no EGR means Euro-6 Eurocargos are just 70kg heavier than Euro-5 models, about half the weight penalty of most rivals.

The most popular version of the four-cylinder Tector 5 for 7.5-tonners has the same 160hp rating as at Euro-5 but torque is up from 530Nm to 580Nm. Euro-5 four-cylinder Tectors stopped at 180hp/610Nm but the new one goes to 210hp/750Nm. This is particularly appropriate for 12-tonners, saving 120kg by avoiding the need to move up to the six-cylinder Tector 7 engine.

Iveco reckons the 210hp Tector 5 is 4.5% more economical than Euro-5’s 220hp six-cylinder engine.

The Tector 5 engine powers Eurocargos from 7.0 tonnes to 16 tonnes GVW; Tector 7 is offered in models from 12 tonnes to 18 tonnes GVW, plus the two 4x4 models (11.5 tonnes and 15 tonnes GVW). The six-cylinder engine’s nominal ratings of 220hp, 250hp and 280hp ratings are carried over from Euro-5. The 320hp/1,100Nm range-topper is new, replacing Euro-5’s 300hp/1,050Nm.

Gearboxes also carried over from Euro-5 are 5-, 6- and 9-speed manuals from ZF, the 6-speed automated ZF AS-Tronic lite and Allison’s 5-speed full automatic.

The new transmission option is ZF’s 12-speed AS-Tronic – dubbed Eurotronic by Iveco – available on any Eurocargo 4x2 with a Tector 7 engine. Flach floated the idea that a 320hp, 18-tonne GVW Eurocargo with 12-speed Eurotronic would be “an interesting proposition for customers normally specifying heavier-duty chassis cabs” on the basis that it has “a more favourable performance/price ratio.”

Fuel consumption at Euro-6 is claimed to the same as Euro-5’s on average, although this varies according to duty cycle, with Euro-6 motorway economy 2% better.

Electronic stability control (ESC) becomes mandatory on new trucks in November 2014 so Iveco is already fitting its Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (EVSC) on Eurocargo from 12 tonnes GVW and above as standard, and as an option on lighter models.

“We were conscious that the gap between list price and transaction price was getting too much,” said Flach, explaining why Euro-6 Eurocargo list prices are lower than Euro-5’s whereas transaction prices are likely to be £3,000-£5,000 higher. Iveco expects to have the first 30-40 new models in the UK by the year-end.