The magic number everyone wants to know is how big is the Volvo XXL? When we’re talking about the cabin space, it is often the dimensions of the bunk available which counts. In the case of the XXL we’re talking about a bed which is 2,130mm long and 1,065mm wide at its widest point, in the middle. There are cutouts at either end for the driver’s and passenger’s seats.
The overall dimension of the Globetrotter cabin is 2,475mm in length and 2,495mm in width. It is 2110 mm from the flat floor of the cabin to the top of the roof and the distance from the rear of the drivers seat to the rear wall of the cabin is 990mm. To achieve this extension the rear wall of the cabin has been moved back 250mm. Compare these numbers to similar measurements in just about any other cabover on the market and it is clear this is quite a roomy cabin to live in.
By adding in larger body panels into the overall cabin design, Volvo had to put extra research and development into the new cabin to ensure it would pass the stringent Swedish cabin strength test. Every element within the cabin design is integral to that test rating including the windscreen which is glued into place to improve integral strength.
The boffins at Volvo headquarters in Gothenberg Sweden really crunched the numbers and found there would be enough sales for this kind of cabin in Australia, Scandinavia and some other parts of Europe where tanker and tipper operators do not run up against the 16.5 meter overall length limitation.
The numbers supplied by Volvo here in Australia, back to the decision makers in Gothenberg, were able to quote plenty of Volvo customers from the past who had used the old FH XXL and were looking for the model to be reintroduced. This pent up demand wouldn’t be one of the major factors in the decision to reintroduce the XXL.
In fact, Volvo had announced that the XXL would be returning to the Australian market way back in 2017 at the Brisbane Truck Show. Obviously, at that time the go-ahead had been given for the new larger cabin but it has taken until now for development work to complete the process.
This larger cab fits into a specific segment in the truck market. The design is very similar to the FH prime mover with the standard cabin. However, the extra paid for the larger cabin is simply for improved driver comfort. When an employer buys a truck like this for a particular driver, it can be regarded as some form of reward for hard-work and loyalty or as a gesture which may keep the driver working for a few years longer.
This XXL option is going to be available on any FH model in the current Volvo range. There are no special requirements for the type of truck onto which it can be fitted. It is likely that the vast majority of these larger cabins will be fitted to the flagship top of the range models like the one tested on this occasion, fitted with a 700hp 16-litre engine under the hood. There is only one option for this cabin, the Globetrotter with its higher roof.