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Scania announces new engine platform for Europe

But no timeline for Australian introduction of major eco-friendly model updates


In its single biggest launch since the introduction of the new truck generation back in 2016, Scania has announced the introduction of not only a new engine platform, but also services and updates which it says will consolidate its position as the leading manufacturer of premium heavy trucks.

Initially, the new 13-litre range will be produced with four different power output levels for Euro 6: 420, 460, 500 and 560hp, which Scania says will enable it to be relevant for many different applications.

In combination with the new Scania Opticruise gearboxes (G25 and G33 were introduced in 2020) and a new range of driven Scania rear axles, fuel savings of eight percent are said to be achievable in applications such as general cargo or temperature-controlled transports.

All engines can be run on HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and two can be ordered for use with 100 per cent renewable biodiesel.

All new Scania engines can be run on hydrotreated vegetable oil

“A Scania customer that operates a truck with a 500hp engine will see a dramatic reduction in their fuel bill, even when compared to the industry-leading engine generation that we are replacing,” says Stevan Dorski, senior vice president, head of Scania Trucks.

“The new ones will excel in many ways, but personally I see the immediate CO2 reduction as the most important aspect. Our new engines will instantly contribute to decarbonising the world and fighting the climate challenge.”

The degree of thermal efficiency is reported to be around 50 percent for the new engines, numbers that used to be out of reach for combustion engines. Scania says behind the impressive performance level lies ingenious engineering and utilisation of technology such as dual overhead camshafts and Scania Twin SCR dosing of AdBlue. Potent engine management systems are monitoring the powertrain, thus contributing to the total operating economy under all conditions.


Alexander Vlaskamp, executive vice president and head of sales and marketing at Scania, made the announcement on November 11, adding that it’s more than merely an engine platform, but a major initiative for strengthening Scania’s industry-leading position within sustainable transport for the rest of this decade.

“Our strong focus on transport efficiency guides us in the shift towards a decarbonised world, a shift that will have a major contribution from our new powertrain.

“We see a world of transport that is rapidly changing, where customer demands for the best total operating economy and a sustainable future go hand-in-hand,” Vlaskamp says.

“At Scania, we have set our aim higher than maybe any other manufacturer. Not because we think it will be easy but because we see no other option than to actually reach the targets for curbing greenhouse gas emissions set by the Paris agreement in 2016.”

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With its all-new engine platform for Euro 6 vehicles, Scania says its powertrain promises fuel savings that typically will reach eight percent for long haulage customers.

More iterations will follow for markets outside Europe and for biogas solutions, however Scania Australia indicates that it will “take a while for our product team here to construct a suitable product offer for the Australian market”.

“There is no information at this stage regarding Australian market introduction,” Scania Australia says.

Scania is now introducing Scania Mirror View Camera, optional digital rearview mirrors for improved vision and reducing blind spots

Meanwhile, the new powertrain also includes new gearboxes and axles, and a premium service, Scania ProCare, for customers that request 100 percent planned uptime. Scania says it is also introducing an option for digital rearview mirrors for increased safety.

“We at Scania are continuing along our established path of offering a palette of sustainable solutions for our customers,” Vlaskamp says.

“Renewable fuels and electrified vehicles will increase their share dramatically in the next few years, but we all still depend on combustion engines for our daily lives. And that is why Scania’s new engine is so important, since it will contribute towards substantial decarbonisation for the rest of this decade.”

Scania believes that a transformation towards true e-mobility will definitely take place in the near future. It says the tipping point where electrification for certain operations will become a sound stand-alone investment for quite many customers will be reached in the next few years. However, Scania says trucks with combustion engines are still best suited for most of today’s transportation tasks.

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