Irizar has revealed the i6S Efficient, which it says is “the coach of the future.” The newcomer takes the established i6S model and introduces a slew of improvements to deliver a like-for-like weight reduction of 950kg and a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of up to 13%, the OEM claims.
The i6S Efficient retains Irizar’s traditional design cues, but redesign work at the front and rear and to the roof has contributed to a reduction in its aerodynamic coefficient by 30%. That is furthered by an optional rear-view camera system in lieu of mirrors.
While the changes reduce the environmental footprint of the i6S Efficient, Irizar notes that they also cut running costs and deliver increased luggage carrying capacity and passenger space.
Weight reduction has come via analysis of every component in the vehicle and includes the use of high-strength steel and composite materials. Weight distribution has also been improved. A more efficient range of Hispacold climate control units features, along with a redesigned cab area. Changes to materials used on the structure increase safety and improve the coach’s response to torsion and flexing.
Efficiency is furthered by the new model’s connected architecture that includes remote diagnostics and self-diagnosis. Connectivity systems have been developed by Datik and involve cloud storage of data and usage statistics relating to the coach.
In addition to the combustion of diesel and renewable fuels, Irizar says that the i6S Efficient is “designed to be adapted to future zero-emission models.”
The new product will be available in two- and three-axle form in both DAF-powered integral format and body-on-chassis configuration, including on Scania underframes, and to ex-factory PSVAR compliant layout.
For more detail on the Irizar i6S integral, including how it will fit into the UK coach market, see the May issue of routeone, published on 11 May. View a YouTube video of the i6S Efficient here.