Truck of the future

Class-leading performance and optimised fuel efficiency make Hyundai Xcient L520 a practical and efficient prime mover in its category. An enhanced cab and smart driving space with nearly 100 interior functions add comfort to driving


A new 2021 Hyundai Xcient prime mover is hard at work doing heavy carting at an earthworks site in regional South Australia. This high roof 6x4 Hyundai Xcient L520 is powered by Hyundai’s six-cylinder, 520hp (388kW), 12.7 litres, intercooled turbo diesel engine producing 2,550Nm of torque.

Hyundai Trucks Australia proudly brought the Xcient AMT with sleep cab to Australian roads last year. The Xcient combines Hyundai’s world-class diesel engine technology with proven European transmission in a truck that is built for performance in the tough Australian conditions.

The 12-speed ZF AS-Tronic transmission with four-stage retarder and hydraulic control clutch with air pressure assistance is accompanied by a simple steering column lever. The 27-tonne GVM and 60-tonne gross combined mass (GCM) rated Xcient is well suited to a range of tipper haulage applications.

The Xcient also features full cab air suspension, cruise control, alloy wheels and eight airbag rear suspension (ECAS). The model pictured here features a Hardox tipper body with two-way tail gate and retractable tarp, ringfeeder coupling with hydraulics, and a 400 litres aluminium fuel tank.


As the tilt angle of the cab increases to a maximum of 61 degrees, the tilting cylinder is enlarged to secure the volume of the tilting pump reservoir, while the upper protection cover prevents oil leakage.

The retarder system reduces the vehicle’s maintenance cost and also significantly improves driving safety and brake performance by increasing the life of the brake lining by up to four times. The bumper-integrated front folding steps offer easier maintenance of more parts. Meanwhile, the integrated spring and shock absorber generate lower vibration and better absorption of up/down pitching.

The Xcient comes with a three-year or 500,000km factory warranty.



The anti-locking brake system (ABS) with anti-slip regulator (ASR) brings the vehicle to a safe, controlled stop and is particularly useful while driving under slippery road conditions. The driver can apply maximum pressure on the brake pedal without worrying about wheel lock, skidding and subsequent loss of control. With ABS/ASR, the driver can maintain full directional stability of the vehicle at all times.

The hill start assist (HAS) feature adds convenience to driving, while four wheel disk brakes with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and daytime running lamps improve on-road safety.



The structured cab and high-tensile abrasion-resistant Hardox steel chassis are robust under any road conditions. Its innovative design adopts the aerodynamic style with the inclination of the windshield and expansion of the front volume. With a surface designed to reduce noise and water sticking on the side of the glass, the increased outdoor mirrors reduce the presence of blind spots.

The increased length of up to 60mm between frames offers improves driving comfort and vehicle handling performance in the high-roof variant. The Xcient also comes in a standard low roof option.



The Xcient presents a smart driving interior space with a total of around 100 functions including a crash pad with optimally arranged hand-reach switches, audio, multi-display, hands-free system and cruise switch. The new driver’s seat features cold and warm air ventilation, leather covering, belt-in-seat, air suspension and seat operating on the bed.

The high roof Xcient cab with its higher full height and longer full length compared to the current HD Series offers a wider cabin that allows freer indoor movement and comfortable driving experience.

Other features include driver airbag, adjustable steering column, spacious overhead console storage system, cooler and warmer drawer (refrigerant and electric coil method), lower bed console (120 litres), remote-controllable air conditioner, multi-display cluster (with all the important information quickly shown on the five-inch LCD cluster), and Q800 with radio, USB port, Aux, Bluetooth, CDP, MP3 and iPod plug-in options.

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