Hino Trucks enters into Class 8 with XL Series
Hino Trucks unveiled its new line of trucks at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carrying the name Hino XL Series, this all-new lineup rounds out Hino Trucks Class 7 product offering and launches them into the Class 8 market for the first time in the U.S. The Hino XL7 and XL8 models are powered by Hino's A09 turbo-diesel 8.9-litre inline 6-cylinder engine boasting a B10 life of 1,000,000 miles.
The Hino XL Series adds capability and new advantages to Hino Trucks product portfolio while holding true to the brand's core advantages of standard features, durability, reliability and ownership experience. "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. Not to mention our customers and our dealer network have been asking for this for some time," said Yoshinori Noguchi, President and CEO of Hino Trucks North America.
The Hino XL Series will be offered in a host of straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 pounds and GCWR up to 66,000 pounds with max performance of 360 hp and 1,150 lb.-ft. torque. Available wheel base selections of up to 304 inches, and tandem axle and fifth wheel configurations make this a versatile truck for many vocational applications.
The lineup features new active safety solutions with electronic stability control (standard on tractor) and collision mitigation systems, innovative payload management suspension options, and a body-builder friendly optimized design that was also engineered for maximum ease of serviceability.
"Both drivers and owners are going to love this truck!" remarked Glenn Ellis, VP of Customer Experience. "The first thing you notice is the styling – the aerodynamic yet bold design could proudly represent any business. Then you open the door to a wide, easy-access entry and an automotive grade finished interior ready to provide the best service possible to drivers and teams." Air-ride cab and driver's seat, hands-free Bluetooth audio/calling, steering wheel controls, LED headlights, cruise control, and air conditioning are a few of the distinguished features that will be standard equipment on every 2020 model year Hino XL7 and XL8.
Production of the new Hino XL7 and XL8 will start in early 2019.