New DAF XB replaces LF, electric version gains power and range

DAF has unveiled the new generation of their smallest distribution truck, which takes on a new name: XB, fitting in with the rest of the range. It gets new engines and an improved electric version – or rather, improved electric versions – with multiple options available.

The DAF XB replaces the LF as the most compact model of the range in the 7.5- to 19-tonne segment. It does not, however, get the new face of the XG, XF, and XD models, sticking to the somewhat dated look of the old LF. Only the grille and logo have been updated.

The new DAF XB gets an updated steering wheel and digital dashboard but essentially remains the same in terms of looks / DAF

Slightly safer

On board, drivers get a new steering wheel and a 12-inch digital dashboard, which can be configured to taste. The rearview mirrors have been slimmed down to improve visibility, but that’s as far as the changes go. The XB is available as a Day Cab, Extended Day Cab, and a Sleeper Cab.

ADAS systems include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, an image and data recorder during ABS events, a blind spot monitor, and drowsiness detection.

The DAF XB Electric achieves a range of up to 350 km, 70 km up from its predecessor / DAF

More power and range for the XB Electric

Onder the hood, however, more has changed. The XB Electric gains power and now features a 120 kW (163 hp) or a 190 kW (245 hp) electric motor, with 950 to 1,850 Nm of torque. The batteries have been upgraded, too, offering 141 to 282 kWh of capacity, with a range of up to 350 km – a 70 km improvement compared to the LF Electric.

However, no Megawatt charging is available, which means that the DAF XB Electric is limited to a 150 kW CCS port, which takes 40 to 70 minutes to recharge from 20 to 80 percent. Regular AC charging is also possible when time is not of the essence.

XB with diesel power and new automatic gearbox

The XB Electric is available in 12-, 16- and 19-tonne versions. The diesel-powered variant can go lighter, down to 7.5 tonnes, and gets a suite of new powertrain options. Two engines are available: the four-cylinder Paccar PX-5 with 170 to 210 hp variants and the six-cylinder PX-7 with 230 to 310 hp. A new 8-speed PowerLine automatic transmission with a creep function is also available.



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