The DAF XF range has been a best seller throughout Europe since its original inception as the 95 way back in 1987.
The new shape right-hand drive Euro 6 XFs that we buy in the UK are all assembled here at DAF’s assembly plant at Leyland. As DAF are UK market leader, you can be sure that when you buy a used new shape DAF XF there will be plenty of available parts from a well-organised dealer network.
The trucks themselves are put together using proven components and, as you would expect, the levels of comfort, noise and gadgets have increased over the years as new models are launched. Read the guide below to find the right model year for you.
Radio/ USB player, Truck Phone, LED Headlights, Central Locking, Pull Out Fridge, Vehicle Stability Control, Lead up ramps, Fontaine slider 5th wheel, MX Engine brake, MX13 Engine, Bluetooth, Lane departure...
So you know which XF (or 95 series/95XF XF95 or XF105) you are looking at buying, take a look at our timeline to see when facelifts took pace and new engines introduced.
1987 – 95 Series Launch
The XF as we know it now was originally launched as the 95 series back in 1987. It was a new cab design that DAF worked on with ENASA of Spain (which was subsequently acquired by Iveco in the nineties) who branded it as the Pegaso Troner.
The new truck also had a new engine – the WS/ATi, an 11.6 litre, straight 6 cylinder engine with outputs up to 383hp at launch.
That year, the accolade of ‘International Truck of the Year’ was awarded to the 95 series for the following 1988 year.
1990 95 Series Euromaster Launched
This was a beefed up, flagship version of the 95 series with 400hp from the 11.6 litre engine.
1992 Facelift for 95 Series
The 95 gets more power – up to 430hp and a minor facelift.
1994 – Launch of the Super Space Cab
Just one year after DAF Trucks going into bankruptcy, the ‘new’ company introduced the Super Space Cab – effectively a standard cab with a taller roof bolted on. Under the cab was now an option to specify Cummins’ 14-litre N14, rated at 507 bhp, (left hand drive only) ZF’s new aluminium-cased 16S221 gearbox was fitted, with optional intarder. In the UK the examples sold were all the 11.6-litre engine already in use.
1997 95XF Launched
Just one year after PACCAR’s acquisition of DAF NV saw the use of ‘XF’ in the model for DAF’s top truck in their range. Still using the original cab design, the appearance was significantly updated. A new 12.6-litre DAF engine replaced the old 11.6-litre unit. This 24-valve engine was available at outputs from 380 to 483hp.
Again, the 95XF won truck of the year in 1998 – the year after its introduction.
2005 – XF105 Launched
A revamp for the launch of Euro 4 emission standards. The cab gets larger – although still using the basic shell from 1987, modern looks soften the front the XF – at the time DAF claimed that the Super Space cab was the largest cab in the market. The new 105 gets the brand new 12.9-litre PACCAR MX engine with outputs up to 510hp to replace the 12.6-litre DAF unit.
2008 – All DAF XF Trucks are sold as Euro 5 EEV as Standard
2011 – Revised MX engine for XF
The 12.9-litre MX gets new pistons, optimised fuel injection and a fully encapsulated exhaust manifold unit to give lower fuel consumption available in outputs up to 460 hp.
2011 – DAF XF105 Ate Launched
This special version of the XF was fitted with extra fuel saving gadgetry as part of DAF’s ‘Advanced Transport efficiency’ programme.
2012 – Euro 6 XF Trucks Revealed (Current New Shape)
With a new appearance and a revised 13-litre PACCAR MX engine, the XF was ready ahead of schedule to meet the incoming Euro 6 emissions standard. The MX received new common rail technology, variable geometry turbo and outputs up to 510hp.
Keeping the same basic cab, albeit updated to compete with all the new cab designs launched by the competition, the XF did receive a new chassis and a revised interior.
2015 – XF SILENT models launched for operation in urban areas
2017 – Facelifted XF Launched
This facelift was more about improving fuel consumption than significant changes to appearance. Worth waiting for this one as DAF claimed a saving of some 7% over the earlier model.
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