After a number of announcements in the lead up to the Brisbane Truck Show about new bigger cabs being released, there’s now an even bigger cab from Volvo. The new XXL cabin has been unveiled to selected customers in advance of its appearance in Brisbane next week.
To achieve the extra space, Volvo has re-engineered the XL Globetrotter cab, moving the rear wall back 250 mm. The XXL cab has one of the biggest beds in the business, 130mm longer and 250 mm wider than in a regular Volvo FH, providing extra space to stretch out.
The bigger size bed also has a new innerspring mattress with a pillow on top of every spring unit and an adjustable reclining section that adapts to the shape of your body. There’s also the option to equip the cab with a second upper bunk.
The ext4ended cabin also means there is now some additional storage, which means a driver can bring more personal items for long trips.
said the Volvo FH Globetrotter XXL underlines the importance of the Australian market and customers within Volvo Trucks’ global operations.
“Australia is one of a very few selected markets that will see the all-new XXL cab and it has been designed with Australia’s vast distances in mind,” said Tony O’Connell, Vice President of Volvo Trucks Australia. “We listened to our customers and developed a truck that delivers world-class driver comfort and is a home away from home when drivers are out on the road.
“A well-rested driver is safer and happier and the bigger bed and space to stretch out will help ensure a well-rested sleep.”
While the differences in size are big, the approach to safety by design is the same as any other Volvo cab, with extra C-pillars making sure the cab is strong enough to meet the stringent Swedish Cab Strength Test safety standards and the latest European Cab Strength ECE R29-03 which now includes roll over simulations.
The XXL has also been designed to maintain the FH Globetrotter’s aerodynamic and fuel-efficient shape and has been constructed using galvanised sheet metal and other carefully selected materials, to increase the space with minimal extra weight.
“We wanted to design a bigger cab that has the strength to withstand Volvo’s front impact tests, but without adding too much weight,” said Tony. “It is big on size and comfort, big on safety and is supported by the biggest dealer network in Australia and New Zealand. The Volvo FH XXL ticks all the boxes.”