JCB has invested £45 million in the development of a new 6 cylinder diesel engine the Dieselmax 671. The engine is the result of 2 years of development and has already gone through field testing of over 50,000 hours. The company say that this is a natural progression from the 4 cylinder units it has been manufacturing to date and will provide customers with significant fuel consumption saving of up to 8% over previous engines. It will initially be available as a Tier 2, Stage 2 units in markets with less regulation such as Russia, Brazil and China for its JS excavator range. It will be available in 4 ratings – 140kW (188 hp), 165 kW (221 hp), 190 kW (255 hp) and 225 kW (302 hp) with a maximum torque of 1,200 Nm.
Over 70% of all JCB machines are now powered by engines that they manufacture themselves with this latest models becoming available in mid 2015.