Following on from its launch of its new 540 hp engine in its R series models, Scania has launched the engine in its vocational tipper dog specified G540 XT.

Scania says it is aiming the Scania G 540 XT at tipper dog operators who are seeking improved total operating economy, with more torque and better fuel efficiency.

Equipped with the 540 hp six-cylinder SCR-only Euro 6 engine boasting 2700 Nm of torque, the G 540 XT rides on an elevated chassis for better ground clearance. It is also equipped with quarry and construction site friendly features to protect the lights and the front of the vehicle, supported by a 150 mm protruding steel bumper with integrated tow-hook, as well as a front under bumper bash-plate.

Scania first introduced its  XT range in late 2018 and Scania says it has been very well and widely accepted by builders and contractors in the booming construction, civil engineering and infrastructure sector.

The lastest update sees the truck equipped with Scania’s most powerful six-cylinder  available in its family of lightweight, fuel efficient modular engines.

Scania’s typical tipper and dog specification for the G 540 XT has a 25,900 kg GVM and a 75,000 kg GCM.

Scania says that the 540 hp engine with 2700Nm of torque, which is also fitted to its intra and interstate haulage prime movers, out-muscles its closest rivals by 100 Nm, which means hauling up an access ramp out of a quarry or out of a construction zone is made much easier, as well as prompting smoother acceleration away from the traffic lights in built up areas.

The company says peak torque is available between 1000 and 1300 rpm with the engine majoring in low-down driveability, with the torque to make shifting loads uphill seamless.

Scania says the 540 hp engine is ideally suited to operations where there is a high demand for power and driveability, and where front axle weight is critical. The inline six-cylinder engine saves around 300 kg over the front axle compared with the Scania V8s which have been very popular with tipper operators to date.


The 540 hp engine adds 40 extra horsepower and 150 Nm more torque to the previous six-cylinder flagship, which continues to be offered.

Scania says the performance boost which has seen output increase from 500 hp to 540 hp comes as a result of its XPI fuel injection, and a new ball-bearing fixed geometry turbocharger, which delivers more useable grunt while retaining fuel efficiency.

Updates include new friction-reducing coatings on pistons, rings and bores, increased compression rates and higher cylinder pressures, the adoption of smart auxiliary pumps, and modified inlet and exhaust manifolds, all of which work to reduce fuel consumption by up to 2.5 per cent.

Exhaust software control and updated aftertreatment also contribute to the overall fuel savings the company says.

The 540 hp engine is mated to a Scania GRSO905R overdrive 14-speed gearbox, with ratios selected via the Scania fully automated Opticruise gearshift, and braking assisted by the Scania R 3500 Retarder. Scania says the G 540 XT is fitted with a class-leading cooling package for hilly terrain and heavy loads.

The G 540 XT tipper is fitted with a high level of active and passive safety systems, as is the case across the Scania range, with side curtain roll-over protection airbags and a steering wheel-mounted airbag as standard.

Further advanced safety features include advanced emergency braking (AEB), electronic stability program (ESP), lane departure warning (LDW), adaptive cruise control (ACC), driver and passenger seat belt pretensioners, auto hill hold, and LED head and taillights.

“Scania is very pleased to add the 540 hp engine to the very successful XT family for construction and civil engineering tipper work. We expect this combination to be very popular as it offers an excellent mix of performance and economy,” says Dean Dal Santo, director of truck sales for Scania Australia.

“Scania continues to provide greater torque than its rivals at identical horsepower outputs and the new 540 XT is no different, giving our customers an advantage in terms of driveability and fuel efficiency,” Dal Santo said.

“The Scania 540 engine has proven itself to be frugal and powerful on Australian roads in the eight months that it has been available for haulage operations,” he said.

“We know that construction and infrastructure work has equally tough operating environments with high payloads, gruelling city driving in congested streets as well as long hours behind the wheel.

“That’s why the combination of Scania’s traditional strengths of comfortable and quiet operation will be enhanced further with the addition of this more potent, higher output engine,” he said.