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Hino Australia has released the 300 Series 4x4 specifications. With more power and torque, more gears, more comfort and more safety than its rivals. It’s Hino Australia’s first 300 Series 4x4 light duty truck and will be available in dealerships later this year.
In response to the demands of Australian customers for a better light duty 4x4 truck and it has been 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 4x4 will be 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, the driveline offers exceptional flexibility and efficiency both 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.
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.
This allows the 4x4 to crawl slower off-road than its rivals providing better vehicle control in tricky off-road conditions, which is a key measure of performance in the off-road market.
The driveline combination also improves fuel efficiency, reduces noise levels and increases comfort levels during long distance driving by lowering the engine rpm at highway speeds
Now the safest Japanese-built truck in its class, it’s the only 7,500kg Gross Vehicle Mass truck to provide the following features as standard: driver and passenger SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), cruise control, 4 wheel disc brakes and reverse camera with night vision capability and microphone.
Working in conjunction with the brake and engine control systems, VSC helps prevent the truck from potentially rolling over when entering a corner too fast by monitoring the steering angle, wheel rotation speed, yaw rate and lateral G forces.
The VSC can take the appropriate action required such as reducing engine power and/or applying individual brakes with the intent of keeping the vehicle upright and safely negotiating the corner.
VSC is also able to enhance vehicle stability on slippery surfaces and other such situations by autonomously reducing engine power and applying the brakes to individual wheels, helping to prevent the truck from sliding in a direction contrary to where the driver is steering.
Based on the familiar Hino 300 Series design, driver comfort was a priority – the ergonomically designed interior features a magnetically dampened driver’s suspension seat and updated instrumentation and switches for 4x4 operation.
Importantly with the increase in ride height, a great deal of work went into ingress and egress, featuring a surefooted step arrangement and long hand grips for three points of contact when entering and exiting the truck via the slip resistant access steps.
Another design feature is the new model’s 840mm wide chassis with rivet-less top flange and grid hole design, which allows for easier body fitting.
The 300 Series 4x4 is tailored to the harsh applications that it will operate in, with reinforced multi-leaf front and rear suspension tuned for occupant comfort, performance and durability, on and off-road.
More power and torque
The Hino N04C 4 litre diesel engine delivers 165hp (121kW) at 2500rpm and 464Nm of torque at 1400rpm, both of which are more than its Japanese 4x4 competitors.
The Hino N04C engine is Euro 5 ADR 80/03 emission compliant and utilises the Hino Diesel Particulate active Reduction filter (DPR), which has proven its reliability in Australian applications over the past 10 years.
See your nearest Hino dealership to test drive the new 300 Series 4x4.