Fab four make for Claas act in German efficiency
New range meets Tier 4 emission target to boost giant's portfolio
Published 15/03/2011 | 11:02
The recent SIMA Show in Paris saw German manufacturer Claas preview the new Axion 900 range, which it says will be available next year.
There will be four models in the range, with engine power ranging from 280-400hp, which allows the series to slot in nicely between the Axion 800 series (180-260hp) and Xerion ranges (330-525hp).
Claas says the first Axion 900 pre-production machines went into operation early last year and have been put through their paces across Europe.
Significantly, Claas has moved away from Deere Power Systems as an engine supplier to Fiat Power Train (FPT).
The new series will feature the 24-valve, 8.7-litre Cursor 9 engine from FPT.
The Italian engine manufacturer has used SCR (AdBlue) as a means of meeting Tier 4 emission regulations instead of the EGR route that Deere has adopted. It means that the new Claas series will have to use AdBlue liquid as a means of emission control. But since Claas does not manufacture engines, its choice of engine and emission system is significant for SCR/AdBlue advocates.
The series also features the latest version of the continuously variable transmission in the Axion 900 range. This is a ZF Eccom unit, which, Claas says, has great potential for reducing fuel consumption as a result of its four-range design.
Perched on top of the power-train is a new four-pillar cab, which was developed, Claas says, from inspiration by experts in the automotive industry.