A new heavy conventional from Hino, the XL7 and XL8 models, has been launched at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The new model sees the Japanese truck maker in its first foray into the US heavy duty market.
The new models are available in configurations from 4×2 through to 6×4. Power comes from a nine litre Hino A 09 engine with ratings from 300 to 360 hp available. Trucks will be available in both rigid and prime mover form. The prime movers are going to be rated up to a GCM of 30 tonnes and the rigids up to 27 tonnes.
“Considering our remarkable success in Class 4-7 in North America, and our growing global presence in the Class 8 market, entering the North American heavy duty segment makes for the next logical step,” said Yoshinori Noguchi, President and CEO of Hino Trucks North America. “Not to mention our customers and our dealer network have been asking for this for some time.”
Specifications of the new models include a Collision Mitigation System using radar to provide active braking, Electronic Stability Control and Lane Departure Warning. Transmissions come from Allison in auto and Eaton in manual.