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January 30 2019
By Tim Deakin

Tim is Editor of routeone and has worked in both the coach and bus and haulage industries.

Irizar integral range grows with tri-axle 13.6m i4

Up to 80 seats will be possible in a 3+2 layout, or 63 in 2+2; ski box is available for luggage storage

13.6m i4 integral will represent extension of established two-axle range

Dealership Irizar UK can now offer a tri-axle, 13.6m variant of the i4 integral coach that will accommodate up to 80 seats in a 3+2 configuration.

It represents a development of the existing right-hand drive two-axle i4 integral (pictured). The maximum capacity is available with an emergency exit, but Irizar can alternatively install a full-width nearside centre door with scope for an optional wheelchair lift.

Ski box optional

Seats in coaches with the 3+2 arrangement are from Prime, but where a 2+2 layout is specified a capacity of up to 63 is possible with a minimum pitch of 710mm.

To the latter specification, choices of a flat floor or seats mounted on a raised pedestal area to maximise luggage capacity are available. In a notable development, Irizar UK will offer a ski box to go with three-axle i4 integrals to further their carrying capacity.

“A tri-axle i4 integral was something that we have wanted to offer for some time. When a customer told us that it wished to place an order, that was the trigger,” says Director Steve O’Neill.

Like the rest of Irizar’s integral range, the i4 comes with the latest-generation DAF-based driveline. In tri-axle coaches the MX-11 engine will be rated at 367bhp and 1,900Nm of torque, and coupled to either the ZF EcoLife automatic or Traxon automated manual gearbox.

Additionally, the Spanish manufacturer’s full-colour virtual dashboard – where displays including the speedometer and rev counter are created on a high-resolution LCD screen – is now standard across the integral range.

Rear-view mirrors coming

In a further advance, Irizar is working on a rear-view camera system for its range of coaches that will replace mirrors and feed to screens in the cab. Although testing is underway, there is no date yet for when the cameras will be productionised. They are being developed pursuant to the European Commission’s strategy to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles using the VECTO tool.

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