Cummins Inc. produced the latest generation of Heavy Duty engines, the 2017 X15, at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, NY. The 2017 X15 is definitely a pathbreaking engine when it comes to fuel economy and reliability.
The next-generation X15 heavy-duty engines not only meet but they also exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency norms as they offer motorists the benefit of extended service intervals, higher fuel efficiency, higher levels of performance and the highest quality standards across a 400 to 605 horsepower ratings range.
The X15 has taken an innovative approach to duty-cycle optimization, and has two variants – the X15 Performance Series and the X15 Efficiency Series. Both the engine configurations will be available in limited production through the rest of this year and will go into full production from January 2017 onwards.
Speaking about the introduction of the new engine, Srikanth Padmanabhan, President, Engine Business, Cummins Inc. said that he was proud of the innovative, hard work that has gone into this game-changing engine platform. He said that right from the product design stage to the manufacturing floor, attention to detail was paramount at every stage.
Padmanabhan went on to add that the X15 engines are a sign of what is to come from Cummins as they show that the company is focusing on understanding the industry trends and is bent on anticipating the future to come up with innovative products and solutions that cater to customers needs.
The outcome of this focus on quality and innovative approach is the X15, which provides customers with improved quality, performance and fuel-economy, while reducing emissions and the environmental footprint.
Padmanabhan concluded, “At the core, it’s simple, we win in the marketplace by seeing the future first and beating the competition to it. At Cummins, this is what we mean by innovation you can depend on.”
The new X15 is an evolution of the current ISX15 engine with the addition of an optimized compression ratio, air handling system and revamped combustion process aimed at boosting performance and increasing the fuel efficiency. This will lower the operating costs to help customers make big savings as the maintenance costs will decrease by 40 per cent and the fuel economy will increase by 20 per centwhen compared to the 2010 ISX15 engines. With the advent of two separate engine platforms in 2017, the Cummins X15 range will allow customers to choose the engine variant that best meets their needs.
Every X15 engine is already factory-ready to connect to telematics systems which can enable Over-the-Air (OTA) engine programming, customization, and diagnostics. This is useful for fleet operators as with Connected Solutions, fleet managers can easily manage their vehicles, take proactive decisions remotely and can even update an engine with the latest calibration without bringing it in for service.
he X15 Performance Series engines deliver outputs ranging from 485 to 605 hp and are the ideal fit for vehicles that need to haul heavy loads like emergency and vocational vehicles as they have a peak torque of up to 2050 lb-ft which is delivered across a wide engine rpm range. For line-haul and regional-haul applications, the X15 Efficiency Series is ideal as it offers unmatched level of fuel efficiency and payload productivity, with an output ranging from 400 to 500 hp and up to 1850 lb-ft of peak torque available at 1000 rpm.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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