Cummins launches X15 engine production

Cummins launches X15 engine production

Updated engine line improves fuel economy, lowers maintenance costs.

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October 6, 2016
Manufacturing Group
Commercial vehicles Engine Manufacturing

Columbus, Indiana – Cummins Inc. rolled out the latest generation heavy duty engine, the 2017 X15, at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. The 2017 X15 is a game-changer in terms of reliability and fuel economy.

The next-generation X15 heavy-duty engines exceed 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 400hp to 605hp 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.

“I am proud of the innovative, hard work that has gone into this game-changing engine platform, and we are excited to see these important products rolling off the line,” says Srikanth Padmanabhan, president, engine business, Cummins Inc. “Attention to detail was paramount from product design, to our talented colleagues bringing them to life on the manufacturing floor, to every step in between.”

“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,” he adds. “A result of this is the X15, which provides customers with improved quality, performance, and fuel-economy, while reducing emissions and the environmental footprint.”

The X15 builds on the current ISX15 product with the implementation of an optimized compression ratio, air handling system, and combustion process to increase fuel efficiency and performance. Customers will realize lower operating costs with up to 20% better fuel economy and 40% lower maintenance costs than 2010 ISX15 engines.

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 485hp to 605hp and provides an ideal power match for heavy-haul, vocational and emergency vehicles with a peak torque of up to 2,050 lb-ft delivered across a wide engine rpm range, and up to 600hp engine braking at 2,100rpm. For line-haul and regional-haul applications, the X15 Efficiency Series offers an unmatched level of fuel efficiency and payload productivity, with a 400hp to 500hp ratings range and up to 1,850 lb-ft of peak torque available at 1,000 rpm.

Source: Cummins Inc.