Tata Motors today launched its latest offering in M&HCV segment: the Tata Signa 3118.T. According to the company, this is India's first 3-axle 6x2 (10-wheeler) rigid truck with 31-tonne Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).
The OEM says the Tata Signa 3118.T has a 3,500kg higher certified payload than the corresponding 28-tonne GVW rigid truck and equivalent cost of operations with similar fuel, tyre and maintenance cost as a 28-tonne truck. It will be launched in phases across states and markets.
The truck is powered by a Cummins BS VI engine which develops 186hp and 850 Nm torque and comes mated to a G950 6 speed transmission and heavy-duty axles.
Rajesh Kaul, VP – Sales and Marketing, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “ Value features like fuel economy switch, gear shift advisor, ICGT brakes, Fleet Edge telematics system with inbuilt anti-fuel theft, reverse parking assistance perfectly complement the pioneering vehicle design exceeding the expectations of the new-age customer. The Lx version also comes with air conditioning and unitised wheel bearings.”
According to Tata Motors the incremental investment on the Signa 3118.T, over the corresponding 28-tonne truck, can be recovered in less than one year of operations and followed by years of incremental earnings.
This truck comes with a 12.5-tonne dual tyre lift axle configuration and can operate at 31-tonne GVW with the lift axle down and at 18.5-tonne GVW with the lift axle up, offering a large band of operating payload for various application needs.
The Tata 3118.T comes in 24-feet and 32-feet load spans in Signa avatar with Lx, Cx versions, and a cowl variant.
The company says operating with lift axle up will help tanker customers yielding higher fuel economy in empty returns. It is suitable for all types of tanker applications – petroleum, oil and lubricants, chemicals, bitumen, edible oil, milk and water, as well industrial good such as packed LPG cylinders, lubricants, and agricultural products among others.
The new truck is certified by the Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) for 25KL POL tanker, which is 2KL higher than the highest allowed capacity on a 10-wheeler, 28-tonne GVW truck.