MORE power and torque, more gears, more comfort and more safety than its rivals - that's what Hino Australia's first 300 Series 4x4 light duty truck will deliver when it lands in dealerships later this year.
Hino Australia has revealed the full specifications of its much-anticipated 300 Series 4x4 ahead of the display of the new vehicle at this week's AFAC conference for fire and emergency service professionals in Sydney from September 4-7.
"Quite simply, we believe this is the best light-duty 4x4 truck on the Australian market,” said Daniel Petrovski, manager product strategy for Hino Australia.
Devised in response to the demands of Australian customers for a better light duty 4x4 truck and comprehensively tested in an Australian field test program over a number of years, the Hino 300 Series 817 4x4 sets a new benchmark for light duty 4x4 truck specifications and driving performance.
The Hino 300 Series 4x4 is available in single cab and crew cab configurations, both powered by a 165hp (121kW), 464Nm, 4-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual overdrive transmission and a dual range 4x4 transfer case. This driveline combination offers exceptional flexibility and efficiency on and off road.
Operational safety is class leading with the standard inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), a first for a Japanese-built truck in this category, together with 4-wheel-disc brakes and a reversing camera.
The Hino 300 Series 817 4x4 combines a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-range transfer case and selectable 4x4.
"With a six-speed overdrive manual transmission mated to a Hino transfer case with superior low range gearing of 2.2:1, the Hino 300 series 4x4 has the widest spread of ratios and the lowest crawl speed in its class,” Mr Petrovski said.
"This means the 300 Series 4x4 can crawl slower off-road than its rivals.”