The interiors of the Stralis Active Time and Active Day cabs meet two needs:
- to improve working conditions and safety, with a more modular driving position, an instrument panel that includes a monitor to display vehicle performance parameters, controls grouped below and ahead of the steering wheel, superior driving comfort;
- to enhance life on board Stralis Active Time, by the way the rest area is configured.
In terms of the driving position, the arrangement of the controls and the living space, the configuration of the Stralis cabs is the result of detailed analysis of the driving and working conditions experienced by drivers in most European countries. The solutions developed by Iveco’s designers have been tested and approved by both owners and drivers. The validity of this approach was confirmed by the excellent welcome which drivers have given the Active Space cab.
Low driving position
To reduce driver fatigue during multi-drop delivery cycles, when they get in and out of their vehicles constantly, the Active Time and Active Day cabs have been lowered by 15 cm. When fully laden, the cab floor is only 1.24 m above the ground with 315/80 R 22.5 tyres. On the other hand, the engine tunnel is wider and 35 cm high. The new cab suspension has two front air bellows and two rear coil springs. Because of their low oscillation frequency, the air bellows filter the vibration produced by the road and the semi-trailer. Optionally, the suspension on the Active Time sleeper cab can be of the four air bellows type.
The driving position is identical to that on the Stralis Active Space. The air-sprung seat adjusts for reach, height and rake. It is upholstered in a cheerful red cloth, and incorporates a head restraint and a seat belt. The air in the seat can be exhausted to make it easy to get out of the vehicle. Because the steering wheel fulcrum point is higher, it has a generous range of angular movement: from 20° to 40° from the vertical, accommodating a wide variety of driver needs. The height of the steering wheel can also be adjusted, by depressing an air button on the floor.
The armrest on the driver’s door houses a panel with the electric window controls as well as the optional demisting and electrical adjustment for the door mirrors. The kerbside observation window has been retained Active Day cab, but eliminated on the Active Time cab to protect the driver's privacy when sleeping on board. The recess in the door is large enough for a litre bottle of water. The cloth upholstery of the door panels is identical to that of the seats and each door has a sun visor.
Steering wheel controls
There are a number of buttons on either side of the centre pad of the steering wheel, which the driver can activate with his fingertips without taking his hands off the wheel. Those on the left control the radio (station selection and volume) and the CD player. Those on the right give access to the onboard computer and the information available on the instrument cluster display.
The left column switch under the steering wheel manages the lighting and visibility functions: windscreen wipers, direction indicators, and full/dipped beam switch. The right column switch relates to the vehicle speed. It activates the cruise control system and the engine brake, i.e. the decompression brake that is fitted to all Cursor engines. With Cruise control engaged, the engine brake intervenes automatically as soon as the vehicle exceeds the memorised speed (downhill for example). The Stralis can also be fitted with an auxiliary brake (Intarder ZF) on the transmission, activated by the same right-hand lever under the steering wheel.
The 16 speed ZF gearboxes coupled with the Cursor 8 (350hp) and Cursor 10 engines, incorporate Servoshift assistance as standard. This provides a lower gear shift effort and also allows a shorter gear lever to be fitted which does not impede cross cab access. If the optional EuroTronic II fully automated gearbox is fitted, the selector is on the passenger side of the driver’s seat, on a fixed support.
A monitor at the centre of the instrument panel
The instrument panel is perfectly visible no matter how the steering wheel is adjusted. The instruments are of the analogue type: speedometer with mileage counter and trip counter, rev counter, fuel level gauge and engine coolant temperature gauge. The innovation introduced on the Stralis Active Space is the 5" monitor positioned at the centre of the instrument panel and divided into three areas. The upper area supplies permanent parameters such as those of the cruise control and speed limiter or which gear ratio is engaged. When the engine is started, the central area shows the oil level and verifies the functions. On the road, the driver can view the engine's functional parameters and information regarding his journey: journey times, average speed, average or instantaneous fuel consumption. For the latter, in addition to the values expressed in litres/100 km or mpg, a coloured area that varies in size highlights consumption with respect to the position of the driver’s foot on the accelerator. Drivers have found this to be an important aid to achieving excellent fuel economy. Messages indicating any anomalies are displayed in the lower area. Warning lights showing active functions (engine brake, auxiliary brake, differential lock, power take off and other functions) surround the monitor.
The controls on the instrument cluster and central console
The master switch for the external lighting is on the fascia to the left of the steering wheel. Switches for the front and rear foglights are situated above the master switch. On the right of the panel is a number of driving functions, such as the hazard warning light switch or the ASR limiter. The central console is positioned parallel to the windscreen so that the upper part of the engine tunnel is uncluttered on the Active Day cab, to simplify internal mobility or to allow a centre seat to be added. The parking brake lever, heating and air conditioning controls, interior lighting, sunroof and power take off controls are all located in this central console.
Some elements that can improve your life
The electronic tachograph is positioned above the windscreen. The new "European" version, which records driving data on tape, will be in the same position. Next to the tachograph is the radio, with the controls duplicated on the steering wheel and the station displayed on the central monitor. The adjustments require very little attention from the driver. There are two compartments above the radio, one of which could accommodate a CB unit. The driver's door incorporates a bottle recess and a mobile phone support. A mobile writing pad, normally stored beside the driver’s seat, provides a writing surface on which to fill in delivery documents during halts, when it can be secured on the steering wheel. A compressed air outlet and a 12V electric socket are provided at the base of the central console. There is another 12 V socket in the sleeping area of the Active Time cab.
Active Day: a day cab
The Active Day cab is 1.66 m long. There is a space of 15 cm behind the driver's seat when it is in the normal position. By moving the seat back and adjusting the rake of the steering wheel, all drivers can create an ideal driving position, regardless of their size, without feeling cramped. There are two compartments above the windscreen, one of which is closed, where the driver can store documents and personal effects. There are also a number of clothes hooks on the rear bulkhead.
Active Time: one or two bunks
The Active Time cab is 2.15 m long. The standard bunk is positioned higher than the engine tunnel. The upper edge of the 12-cm thick mattress is 52 cm from the bonnet. The bunk is divided into three parts, and the central part is 82 cm wide. Each section can be removed separately. The one on the right hides a large compartment which houses the independent heater, separated from the storage compartment by a grille. Under the central element the space is occupied on the driver's side by a bottle recess above the document holder and, on the passenger side, by the optional cool-box or refrigerated storage unit. Under the right-hand section there is a smaller compartment part of which is occupied by the tool storage compartment that is only accessible from outside. The Active Time cab with standard roof is ideal for trucks with low bodies such as car transporters and tractors with low tanker semi-trailers. For higher bodies and maximum height semi-trailers, Iveco recommends the Active Time version with a medium roof, which is also available with a second bunk. The main advantage of the medium roof Active Time cab is that the driver can stand at the centre where the height is 1.82 m. With a single standard bunk, the driver has a height of 1.30 m free above the mattress. Three additional storage compartments have been added above the windscreen. And for a final touch of refinement, on the medium roof cab, the styling surround above the windscreen is upholstered in the same cheerful red cloth as the door panels