After some time looking at the Hyundai Mighty, initial impressions suggest the all-new truck represents a substantial step-up from its HD predecessor, with a far more modern cab offering car-like appointments on the inside, with a stylish, contemporary exterior. It’s available in three variants, EX4, EX6 and EX8.
The EX4, which competes in the 4.5 tonne GVM sector and can, therefore, be driven on a passenger car licence, is available with either a factory tipper, pantech or refrigerated pantech body. It comes in two wheelbase configurations, short and medium.
Next up is the EX6, a medium wheelbase 6.5 tonne GVM truck. This will be available as either a cab/chassis or factory tipper.
At the top of the model range is the EX8, a 7.5 tonne GVM unit offered in medium, long and extra-long wheelbase configurations and with a choice of refrigerated and non-refrigerated pantech bodies.
A choice between Standard Cab and the more spacious Supercab will be available on all three models. The cabs are constructed of galvanised, high-strength steel for maximum driver and passenger side impact protection.
The all-new EX range features vertical headlights with daytime running lights incorporated in the front bumper, giving it a strong on-road presence. Access to and from the cab is easy thanks to the doors opening up to 80 degrees and the wider, deeper steps.
Generously raked A-pillars and large side windows provide excellent visibility and the cab interior is claimed to be whisper quiet due to the employment of double-seal weather strips.
Emphasis has been placed on operator comfort and efficiency, with a driver focused dash, cruise control, dusk sensing headlights in addition to powered mirrors and windows. The steering column is tilt and telescopically adjustable and there is improved pedal positioning.
Cabin storage is generous in both cab layouts with each having a large roof console, seat back console, sizeable glovebox, deep door pockets and a big centre console. Passenger comfort hasn’t been overlooked either, with all variants having a multi-adjustable seat similar to the driver’s seat.
A powerful HVAC system is designed to keep occupants comfortable in all weather conditions and to keep them entertained, all EX models feature an AM/FM audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as MP3 and IPOD compatibility, with steering wheel controls. Mobile phones and laptops can be charged from no less than four 12-volt power outlets.
At the heart of the EX range is a 3.9 litre common-rail four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with two output levels. The EX4 develops 140 hp (103 kW) at 2500 rpm and delivers max torque of 392Nm (290 ft lb) at 1400rpm.
Power and torque increase to 170 hp (125 kW) and 610 Nm (450 ft lb) when fitted in the EX6 and EX8 variants, providing enough power and torque to operate with the extra carrying capacity. Both the EX4 and EX6 share a five-speed manual transmission, while the EX8 features a six-speed manual.
All EX models have a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety features including Vehicle Dynamic Control for improved stability and a shock absorbing steering wheel designed to reduce driver fatigue by minimising vibrations. Also standard, are four-wheel disc brakes and hill start assist.
In what Hyundai describes as a unique departure from the norm, the EX range’s 3 year/ 200,000km warranty applies not only to the cab/chassis but also the body fitted to the truck. The EX bodies are built by Hyundai Special Vehicles. In addition to the comprehensive warranty, all EX models come with a 24/7 nationwide roadside assist program for the length of the warranty.
Summing up, the new Mighty range appears to be, and needed to be, a big improvement over the HD range it replaces. As for just how good it is compared to its competitors, we’ll reserve our judgement until we’ve had the chance to conduct a comprehensive road test. Stay tuned for this in a forthcoming edition of Diesel Magazine.