Hino has launched what it says is its safest trucks to date, in the form of the all-new, Euro 6 compliant 700 Series.
Redesigned inside and out, the new Hino 700 Series offers improved comfort and practicality, according to the manufacturer.
“It breaks fresh ground for Hino in terms of safety and environmental commitment, which are key features that customers value in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Daniel Petrovski, Manager of Product Strategy for Hino Australia.
“In designing the all-new 700 Series, there has been considerable focus on the needs of the driver, as the cab is their home away from home as well as their office.”
Driver Monitor (DM) has now been added to Hino’s SmartSafe package, which also features other driver assist technologies.
Hino SmartSafe also includes a pre-collision system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian detection (PD), lane departure warning system (LDWS), vehicle stability control (VSC) and a reverse camera.
“At Hino, safety is a central design principle, and all 4×2, 6×2, and 6×4 variants of the all-new 700 Series range are equipped with Hino SmartSafe,” said Petrovski.
“The 700 Series answers a lot of the major safety issues that confront the transport industry and other road users, with the implementation of advanced driver assist technologies, Hino SmartSafe and, more specifically, the introduction of Driver Monitor.”
A wider range of axle configurations, an increased number of engine power ratings and a two-pedal transmission line-up also feature in the updated range.
A new Euro 6 A09C nine litre engine is now available too, in addition to the existing Hino E13C 13 litre engine.
To comply with the Euro 6 exhaust emissions standards, the 700 Series uses a combination of the Hino Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and the Hino Diesel Particulate Active Reduction Filter (DPR).
“This means Hino is the only Japanese truck manufacturer to offer a Euro 6 (or equivalent) emissions compliant option from a car licenced light-duty through to the medium and heavy-duty segments,” Petrovski said.
Key new models in the range include 4×2 and 6×2 rigid trucks for distribution applications and new 6×4 and 8×4 models, which will cater to the heavier end of the distribution and vocational application spectrum.
“The all-new 700 Series is built as a vehicle for today and for the future – Australian customers clearly prefer the convenience of two-pedal transmissions, which is why the expanded Hino 700 Series model range is now available with either a true automatic or an automated manual transmission (AMT), which are matched to their respective engine power ratings,” added Petrovski.
The nine litre models begin with the FH 1832 4×2, FR 2632 6×2 and FS 2632 6×4 models, which feature the A09C-VP engine that delivers 320hp (235kW) and 1275Nm of torque delivered from 1100-1600rpm, and is mated to the six-speed Allison 3200 true automatic transmission.
The 700 Series FY 3036 8×4 model features a more powerful version of the nine litre engine, the A09C-VN, with 360hp (265kW) and 1569Nm of torque delivered from 1100-1600rpm. It’s matched to the larger and stronger six-speed Allison 4440 true automatic transmission.
The SH 1845 4×2 models will feature the E13C-BL engine with the same peak power of 450hp (331kW) and 2157 Nm of torque.
The new 700 Series SS 2848 6×4 prime mover, FS 2848 6×4 rigid and FY 3248 8×4 rigid models utilise the E13C-BK engine with peak horsepower of 480hp (353kW) and 2157Nm of torque, which is now available across a wider range between 1000 and 1500rpm, offering the opportunity for improved drivability and fuel efficiency.
The E13C engines are matched to the latest generation of the ZF 16-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), the TraXon TX 2441TO.
With regards to the cab, it is remotely mounted on four-point air suspension to create less vibration, road noise and driver fatigue.
The ergonomically-designed wraparound dash layout features all-new instrumentation with large, high contrast speedometer and tachometer, and a central 7” LCD multi-information display, which features the Hino SmartSafe settings, driving economy, gear selection and vehicle maintenance data.
“The wraparound dash creates a cockpit-like environment with all controls intuitively placed making them easy to reach and operate,” continued Petrovski.
To add, cab temperature is now controlled by automatic climate control, while the rest bunk is ADR42 sleeper compliant, with interior light controls.