Hino’s latest HCV hero

Hino’s latest HCV hero

An important new model has been added to Hino’s 500-Series truck range that is sure to attract a host of new followers.

The new 6×2, long-wheelbase, 2626 freight carrier is an important new addition to Hino South Africa’s popular 500-Series range of trucks, filling an important gap in the range. The introduction of this model extends the 500-Series range to eight models, including a tipper, a four-wheel drive model and various freight carriers.

“The 6×2 freight-carrier market has exhibited significant growth over the past five years, rising from about 250 units to more than 500 units per year, so it is important for Hino to have a model to suit this growing demand,” says Hino SA vice president, Ernie Trautmann.

“Previously we had only the shorter-wheelbase 1626 model with a tag axle to offer in the 6×2 market. Chassis were extended or shortened, where required, for the specific load type,” he continues.

The 2626 model code refers to a 260 hp engine and a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 26 t.

The power unit is the new Hino J08E model, which is a direct injection, common-rail, turbocharged six-cylinder engine of 7,7-litre capacity. It complies with Euro-4 regulations and produces 184 kW of power at 2 500 r/min together with 739 Nm of torque at 1 500 r/min.

Drive is transferred through an Eaton 8390BBE nine-speed transmission.

The wheelbase of the 2626 is 5 850 mm with a further 1 300 mm between the centres of the two back wheels. This allows for the fitment of wide range of bodies and is linked to a body and payload allowance of 17 780 kg. Maximum GVM is 26 000 kg and the gross combination mass (GCM) takes the load capability up to 32 000 kg.

A lift axle option on the rearmost axle is available for those seeking further improved fuel economy and less tyre wear.

This fuel-efficient powertrain, excellent payload capability and Hino’s highly competitive lifetime costs are just a few of the new vehicle’s highlights … The Hino 500-Series 2626 has a very high specification level and for many applications it can be considered as a worthy alternative to a more expensive extra-heavy category truck.

It has a full floating cab and dual-air Hendrickson suspension for the two rear axles, while ABS anti-lock brakes, side impact beams in the doors and standard seatbelts contribute to driver safety. There are two 200-litre capacity fuel tanks meaning operators can expect excellent range between fill-ups.

Air-conditioning is a standard convenience feature on the 2626, as is a radio/CD player. Other features that make for driver comfort include the multi-adjustable seat, a steering column that is adjustable for rake and reach, as well as a suspended pedal assembly, which can be adjusted to the optimal pedal height for each driver. The cab has electric tilt.

“We are already receiving serious inquiries about the new model from operators and are pleased we have been able to fill this gap in our 500-Series line-up,” concludes Trautmann.

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