Rolls-Royce and Claas have signed a project agreement for the supply of MTU engines to be used in agricultural vehicles. The engines will comply with the EU Stage V emissions standard due to come into force in 2019.
Claas will be fitting the new improved MTU Series 1000 to 1500 engines to its Lexion and Tucano combine-harvesters, its Jaguar forage harvesters and its 4×4 high-horsepower Xerion tractors. MTU’s Series 1000, 1100, 1300 and 1500 are based on Daimler OM93x and OM47x commercial vehicle engines, and cover a broad power range from 134hp to 643hp.
The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and from 2019, a total of 4,000 to 5,000 engines are to be supplied each year across all series and emissions levels.
“With an eye on, among other things, the EU Stage V rmissions directive, we’ve decided in favour of these tried-and-trusted engines from MTU to power a large proportion of our vehicles,” Claas’ Bernd Kleffmann said. “We already have more than 10 field-trial vehicles fitted with EU Stage V MTU engines and are very satisfied with them.”
The vice president of industrial business at MTU, Bernd Krüper, aded: “We’re delighted at winning one of the most renowned agricultural machinery manufacturers for the EU Stage V engines we’ve introduced. This is a continuation of our long-standing success story with Claas.”
As well as reducing the mass of particulates in exhaust gases, the EU Stage V regulations due to come into force in 2019 are also intended to put a limit on the number of particles. The engines meet these tighter emissions limits by having an additional diesel particulate filter and thanks to internal design improvements intended to reduce fuel consumption.