Cummins Inc. this week rolled out its latest generation Heavy Duty engine, the 2017 X15, at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, NY. The engine builder claims the 2017 X15 is a game-changer in terms of reliability and fuel economy.
This next-generation X15 heavy-duty engine exceeds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards, with lower fuel consumption, extended service intervals, enhanced performance and the highest quality standards across a 400 to 605 horsepower ratings range.
The X15 introduces an innovative approach to duty-cycle optimization, with two configurations, available as the X15 Performance Series and the X15 Efficiency Series. Both configurations are available in limited production through the remainder of 2016 with full production beginning in January 2017.
Srikanth Padmanabhan, president of engine business for Cummins Inc., said, “The X15 engines are a sign of what is to come from Cummins. We are firmly focused on understanding the industry trends that are shaping our markets and anticipating the future to develop innovative products and solutions that maximize our customers’ success.
The new X15 builds on the current ISX15 product with the implementation of an optimized compression ratio, air handling system and combustion process to increase both fuel efficiency and performance capability. Customers will realize big savings through lower operating costs with up to 20 percent better fuel economy and 40 percent lower maintenance costs than 2010 ISX15 engines. With the two separate engine platforms in 2017, the Cummins X15 marks a new era in trucking by allowing customers to optimize their engine to best meet their needs without compromise.
Every X15 also comes factory-ready to connect to a capable telematics system that enables Over-the-Air (OTA) engine programming, customization, and diagnostics. With Connected Solutions, drivers and fleet managers can manage their vehicle, make quick decisions remotely and even update an engine with the latest calibration without having to bring it to a service bay.
The X15 Performance Series is rated at 485 to 605 horsepower and provides an ideal power match for heavy-haul, vocational and emergency vehicles with a peak torque of up to 2,050 pounds-feet delivered across a wide engine rpm range, and up to 600 horsepower engine braking at 2100 rpm. For line-haul and regional-haul applications, the X15 Efficiency Series offers an unmatched level of fuel efficiency and payload productivity, with a 400 to 500 horsepower ratings range and up to 1,850 pounds-feet of peak torque available at 1,000 rpm.