With its new truck range, Scania introduces its next-generation S and R cab family. Brimming with new features, the range is stronger, safer and aerodynamically optimised.
The unmistakably Scania-unique cab range has been fundamentally redesigned to meet demanding and varying customer requirements for now and the years ahead. This new generation has been specifically developed for the utmost performance, with a pronounced focus on driver environment, interior space, safety and reliability.
The introduction will ultimately encompass 24 different cab models that will provide opportunities to customise optimal solutions for each and every customer operation, regardless of whether the focus is on interior space, fuel economy, maximum comfort or load capacity.
The new truck generation is the fruitful result of ten years’ development. “Designing premium heavy vehicle cabs is highly complex,” says Göran Hammarberg, Head of Cab Development. “Visibility, comfort, legal requirements, ergonomics, good reparability, low weight and high safety are just a few of the many areas that must be accommodated, regardless of the area of application. We are incredibly pleased with what we have achieved and we are convinced that these trucks will set a new benchmark in the industry.”
User-operated adjustable air deflectors facilitate alignment between the cab and trailer roofs, which reduces aerodynamic drag.
The reworked combustion chamber and new injectors help save fuel. A generally higher working temperature and thermostatic oil cooling contribute to additional savings.
The layshaft brake system is standard in automated gearboxes for Scania Opticruise. Instead of using synchro rings to synchronise the different speeds of the countershaft and main shaft in the gearbox during gearshifts, Scania uses a layshaft brake when upshifting. This shortens the actual gearshift time and maintains the turbo pressure in a better way. It means that the vehicle will upshift with greater power and smoothness than before.
Without sun visors for optimal aerodynamic performance.
LED headlights for greater intensity and precision. The spotlights and fog lights are flush-mounted to minimise air drag. There are spotlight positions above the windscreen and in the grille. The 3-diode LED fog lights incorporate cornering lights that are activated when turning the steering wheel at low speed.
The shape of the cab and its corners help reduce aerodynamic drag.
Chassis improvements to reduce drag include more performance steps for bumpers to address varying ground clearance, a new chassis air deflector that shields the undercarriage from airflow and a wheel arch trim panel that can now be tailored to reduce the gap between the trim panel and the tyre.
The slip-proof entry steps – four up to the S-cab or three to the R-cab – are perfectly designed for comfortable and safe cab entry and exit.
The standard position of the front axle has been moved 50 mm closer to the front, which, for example, has a positive impact on the degree of kneeling under heavy braking. The new axle generally also delivers better ground clearance.
The basic configuration for long-distance vehicles is 30” brake chambers for the disc brakes on the front axle. This ensures good braking performance, regardless of whether the driver or the AEB system acts. The actual braking distance is always affected by factors like tyre and road condition, but, all else being equal, the new truck has a shorter braking distance.
The electro hydraulically-manoeuvred steered tag axles (available on 6×2 trucks) provide a number of benefits, such as increasing the steering angle from 14 to 19 degrees. The installation also offers great flexibility and easy rebuild for bodybuilders.
A wheel arch trim panel that can be tailored to reduce the gap between the trim panel and the tyre.
New design and shape of the front and close-up mirrors for a greater field of vision and improved aerodynamics. Electric adjustment is available as an option. The cabs are ready for the installation of cameras as an optional extra or in place of some of the mirrors.
Vastly improved visibility thanks to a larger surface area of glass.
The dashboard has been lowered slightly to enhance forward visibility.
The new climate systems ensure the highest comfort for the driver both when driving and resting. The cab range is prepared for the installation of auxiliary cab heaters and can be ordered with a completely integrated system for auxiliary cab cooling. The system is integrated with the standard climate system via the standard air vents and controlled via the standard climate panel.
The new design of the A-pillars helps optimise critical side-angle field of vision.
Rollover curtain airbags are integrated into the ceiling. Together with seat belt use, this is a crucial safety feature in preventing the driver being trapped beneath the cab if the truck overturns. Scania is first to introduce rollover curtain airbags.
A swivelling base option in the new passenger seat allows the occupant to sit sideways, recline the seat and extend the legs. Ideal for relaxing in the cab and watching TV.
Driver’s seat adjustment options are now even more generous. The driver’s seat extends further back to accommodate those who are taller, while those who are shorter will also find a comfortable position. All drivers regardless of height all will find a comfortable driving position.
New-model rear view mirrors with a focus on aerodynamics and optimum visibility in the actual mirrors, as well as past them. The mirrors on the R and S cabs have a wide angle function, are electrically adjustable as well as heated, and have effective vibration suppression.
The infotainment system with its 7” touch screen will satisfy both work and off-work needs. It can be controlled via the steering wheel as well as via voice activation. Both the driver’s private and the haulier’s mobile phones can simultaneously connect via Bluetooth.
Even more generous interior space thanks to more efficient packing and 10 cm greater ceiling height in the normal cab height. In the higher ceiling models the difference is 16 cm. The S cab features a completely flat floor and maximum interior space.
A completely new interior
Scania has a strong tradition of putting the driver first in its development work. Naturally, this is reflected in the interior of the new truck generations.
“Our driver focus has manifested itself and been demonstrated in earlier models,” says Mårten Bergström, Senior Industrial Designer with Scania’s Design division. “We were the first in the marketplace with an asymmetrical, driver-oriented dashboard. We have now taken this a step further by connecting and integrating a ’wing theme’ to the top of the dashboard.
Using the wing theme, Scania’s designers have been able to visually disconnect the driver’s seat from the passenger side while creating a character-filled design element. The focus on the needs of the driver has been further strengthened through a whole new level of detail and cohesive design.
Anna Börjesson Bodestig, Team Leader for Interior within Scania’s Design division explains, “Thanks to the fact that we were able to work with every detail in the interior, and were therefore able to develop everything at the same time, we have got a new interior that feels unique and extremely exciting. At the same time, we have been able to develop Scania’s key character lines and design elements, taking them a step further forward. Everything in this interior is new and unique.”
Enhanced safety, visibility and interior space thanks to that the driver’s starting position has been moved 65 mm closer to the windscreen and 20 mm out towards the side.
More space behind the seats for wider beds. The fixed main bed is now 800 mm, with three mattress options: foam, bonnell and pocket springs to suit all preferences. The extendable bed is up to 1,000 mm, the widest on the market. The improved upper bed is 600 mm (normal roof) and 700 mm (high roof) with bonnell springs. With a high roof, 800 mm with pocket springs is optional.
Extended storage options, with a particular focus on volume and accessibility. A wide range of flexible options for storage boxes, shelves, hooks and nets can be added depending on cab type, choice of bed and other specific needs.
The dashboard is modular, making it simple to customise according to the customer’s needs, with regard to ergonomic design, buttons, controls and storage.