2. What benefits does the design of the XPower wheel loaders bring to everyday working life?
“Thanks to innovative and practical design solutions, our customers can increase their productivity with the XPower wheel loaders”, says Stickler. For example, the radiator is located directly behind the operator's cab, the cleanest area on a wheel loader. In this position, the cooling system can aspire air with low dust content, which ensures consistent cooling performance. This reduces maintenance expenditure and increases reliability.
“The design of the XPower wheel loaders also improves safety at the construction site. For example, the slim design of the engine hood primarily offers functional benefits”, continues Stickler. The narrow rear with its striking lines gives the operator optimum visibility to the rear and increases safety in the vicinity of the wheel loader. Large glass and window surfaces in the cab are extended a long way downwards, thus improving all-round visibility.
The cab design is attuned to the needs of the machine operator. It promotes comfort at work. The internal space is consistently structured and provides a spacious feeling. Displays, control elements, driver’s seat and the three-way adjustable steering column form an ergonomic unit. The movement-tracking Liebherr operating lever is integrated into the driver's seat as a standard feature and allows accurate and intuitive control of the working and driving functions. These investments in comfort help the operator to work in a focused manner.
“During development, a powerful and harmonious design was important to us. And thanks to ingenious details that are discreetly integrated into the appearance of the wheel loaders, we were also able to simplify the servicing activities for the machine operator”, says Stickler. The engine hood opens backwards, which provides free access to the engine for all maintenance work. A platform is incorporated into the open engine bonnet for comfortable and safe working. The most important maintenance points are in close proximity to the cab and can therefore be more easily controlled.
3. What is the most striking innovation in the XPower wheel loaders?
“XPower® is a holistic, innovative machine concept. Our new XPower wheel loaders set new standards with respect to fuel efficiency, power output, robustness and comfort. Here, the emission stage IV / Tier 4f-compliant power-split XPower driveline is one of the most striking innovations”, stresses Stickler. The power-split driveline combines hydrostatic drive for short loading cycles and mechanical drive for long distances and driving uphill. The proven system of Liebherr Power Efficiency and optimised interaction between the Liebherr diesel engine with SCR technology, driveline and operating hydraulics play a key role here. With this innovative drive concept, the wheel loader can always work at maximum power and efficiency, irrespective of the application. “We have received feedback from our customers that they can save up to 30% in fuel consumption with the new XPower wheel loaders compared with conventionally-driven wheel loaders”, states Stickler.
Red Dot Design Award as recognised seal of quality
The Red Dot Design Award is one of the most important global awards in the field of design. In 2016, participants from 57 nations registered about 5,200 products and innovations for the Red Dot award in the product design category. The international Red Dot jury only awards its coveted Red Dot seal to products that clearly stand out through their outstanding design.