Diesel News was one of the first to see the unveiling of the new range launched by Hyundai. A newly-appointed distributor, Hyundai Commercial Vehicles Australia, has unveiled the all-new Hyundai ‘Mighty’ range of light-duty trucks to the Australian market. There are three variants, EX4, EX6 and EX8, featuring a bold modern exterior with a spacious state-of-the-art interior.
The EX4, which competes in the 4.5 tonne sector and can be driven on a passenger car licence, is available with either factory tipper, pantech or refrigerated pantech bodies. It comes in two wheelbase configurations, short and medium.
Next up is the EX6, a 6.5 tonne GVM truck, available as a cab/chassis or factory tipper on a medium wheelbase.
Top of the range EX8 is a 7.5 tonne unit offered in medium, long and extra-long wheelbase configurations with a choice of refrigerated and non-refrigerated pantech bodies.
A choice of Standard Cab or the bigger Supercab will be available on all three models.
At the heart of the EX range is a common-rail 3.9 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with two power outputs.
The EX4 develops 103kW at 2500rpm and delivers maximum torque of 392Nm at 1400rpm. Output increases to 125kW and 610Nm in the EX6 and EX8, enabling ease of operation with the extra carrying capacities.
Both the EX4 and EX6 feature a dual-mode five-speed manual transmission while the EX8 gains a six-speed manual transmission, also with dual modes.
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 that’s said to reduce driver fatigue by minimising vibrations.
Also standard are four-wheel disc brakes, hill start assist, long multi-leaf rear springs and gas-charged shock absorbers, providing comfort and control in equal measures.
In what Hyundai describes as a unique departure from the norm, the EX range comes with a 3 year/ 200,000 km warranty that also covers the body fitted to the truck. The EX factory bodies are made by Hyundai Special Vehicles. In addition, all EX models come with a 24/7 nationwide roadside assist program for the length of the warranty.
Pricing for the EX4 starts at $39,990 including GST for the medium wheelbase Standard Cab variant.