The new Hino 700 has arrived and completes the manufacturer’s local truck line line-up.
The original 700 Series of extra-heavy trucks was introduced to the local market in 2004 and underwent an upgrade and equipment enhancement in 2019. Now, the 2023 model takes big steps forward in terms of its technology, with huge benefits stemming from active and passive safety systems as well as improved fuel economy, all of which contribute to a lower total cost of ownership.
The exterior of the Hino 700 Series has undergone its first major design change in 14 years, with aerodynamic and safety benefits. From the bold grille, which has a three-dimensional appearance, to the sharply styled headlamps, this range-topping truck has a new frontal appearance, while the restyling of the cab has made it more spacious for the driver. The interior has been completely redone too, with a major focus on improving comfort and ergonomics to cut driver fatigue. It is also easier to get in and out of the new cab.
There is a compact range of four basic models: a tipper, a freight carrier and two truck-tractors, all in 6x4 configurations. The new range is powered by derivatives of the 13-litre Hino E13C six-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine.
The 2841 models are fitted with one version of this engine, developing 302 kW between 1 500 and 1 800 r/min, together with a peak torque of 1 961 Nm between 1 400 and 1 800 r/min. The high-powered 2845 truck tractor utilises an engine model that produces 331 kW between 1 500 and 1 800 r/min, with a peak torque of 2 157 Nm between 1 050 and 1 400 r/min.
There are several fuel-saving changes, including the switch from a variable nozzle type turbocharger to a conventional type that makes for a weight reduction of 13 kg. Significant fuel saving is possible when the standard Eco Mode system is used.
There are several safety systems in the new Hino 700 Series that work individually or collectively to prevent a collision or to lessen the damage.
Firstly, there is the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which uses a millimetre wave radar and an image-based sensor to predict a vehicle or pedestrian on the road ahead. If the system judges that there is a highly probable risk of a collision, it uses audible and visual warnings to inform the driver as well as using brake control support to avoid a collision or to reduce collision damage. The system will assist the driver’s force on the brake pedal, while the truck will decelerate even if the driver fails to push the brake pedal.
Secondly, there is a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which uses an image-based sensor installed on the front windshield of the vehicle to detect the lane markings ahead. A warning buzzer and dashboard display alert the driver if the truck deviates from the lane in which it is driving.
Thirdly, the Staggering Warning (SW), which alerts the driver if the truck starts weaving over the road. If the staggering continues without being addressed by the driver, then the PCS prepares to activate quickly.
A further safety feature is the Driver Monitor Camera (DMC), which constantly checks the driver’s posture, face direction, and the state of the eyelids – open or closed. If the system detects insufficient driver focus on the road in front of the truck, then the driver is alerted with a buzzer and a warning message on the dashboard to help prevent a collision. The rear-view mirrors have been upgraded and much improved to assist driver vision of conditions around the truck.
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