The AT/AD cabs on the Trakker

The first Stralis cab, the AS (Active Space), was launched on the Iveco heavy vehicle range early in 2002, in a single version, which was long, extra-wide (2.48 m) and had a high roof. 2003 saw the introduction of the AT (Active Time), long with a standard or high roof, and AD (Active Day), short for trucks and tractors performing domestic transport and delivery services. The AT/AD cabs differ from the AS for the width (2.28 m) and increased height (+15 cm) of the engine bonnet, which allows the floor pan of the driver’s position to be lowered by the same amount with respect to the ground. The AT/AD cabs now equip the Trakker range.

The ideal width for the cab

The width of 2.28 m, which is the same on all the AT/AD cabs, has particular advantages on construction sites. It simplifies manoeuvres in tight corners and reduces the risk of the edge of the cab hitting an obstacle, even when protruding mud deflectors are mounted. The non-slip access steps slide out, to make it safer to get out of the cab (a frequent operation on construction site vehicles). And the lower step is made of flexible material, without joints: if it meets an obstacle as the truck moves forward or reverses, the platform deforms but then returns to its original shape. And the final advantage of the cab width: Iveco offers the option of a mini-platform on the off-side (on the mudguard behind the door), to allow the driver to check inside the rear body, holding on to a grab handle positioned on the roof.

Bumpers in three sections

The bumpers on the Trakker range are made of steel, in three sections to cut replacement costs in the event of a collision. They have been re-designed, with rounded corners to harmonise with the curved front of the Stralis cab and to remove any visual trace of aggressiveness from the front of the vehicles. The lower part is rounded like the front approach angle; on the road, it stores the platform that the driver uses when he wipes the windscreen. When it is released, the platform automatically locks in the use position. The halogen headlights are protected both by their recessed position and by a solid grill.

A short, spacious cab

Most construction site vehicles have short cabs. But the driver must feel comfortable, no matter what his size. In the AD cabs, which have an external length of 1.66 m, there is still a space of about 15 cm behind the fully retracted driver’s seat with the squab in the normal position. It is a concept that Iveco has always applied on its short cabs, so that the driver does not feel he is hemmed in. This space also allows a number of clothes hangers to be added, and to position a storage compartment at the centre, incorporating a table-desk, and still leaves space for a third seat.
At the wheel of a Trakker, the driver might think he is on board a Stralis road vehicle. The air-sprung seat adjusts for reach, height and rake. It is also fitted with a head restraint and a built-in seat belt. The standard dark red fabric can be replaced by vinyl upholstery, and in this case the door panels, rear bulkhead and ceiling are also covered with washable material. The steering wheel, jointed high up, offers an excellent angular stroke: a total of 20, with a maximum of 40 from the vertical. The rake and height can be adjusted using a pneumatic foot pedal on the floor.
The steering wheel incorporates several buttons: the radio controls on the left, and on the right those to surf the onboard computer and to view the information provided by the dashboard monitor. On the right, under the steering wheel, a column switch groups together the controls that govern the vehicle speed: speed governor, engine retarder (standard on all Cursor models) and the optional Intarder ZF hydraulic retarder on the transmission.

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