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Hino 300 series 4x4 details revealed

Hino has revealed the full specifications of the long-awaited Hino 300 4x4 model.

The Hino 300 Series 4x4 is available in single cab and crew cab configurations, both powered by a four-litre diesel engine delivering 165hp (121kW) at 2,500rpm and 464Nm of torque at 1,400 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual overdrive transmission and a dual range 4x4 transfer case.

“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," said Daniel Petrovski, Manager, Product Strategy for Hino Australia.

“This means the 300 Series 4x4 can crawl slower off-road than its rivals providing better vehicle control in tricky off-road conditions, which is a key measure of performance in that market."

Free-wheeling hubs are a standard feature and are manually locked, once engaged 4x4 can be selected on the move by the driver via a button on the dashboard, which delivers drive 50/50 to the front and rear axles.

High or low range is also driver selectable via a button on the dashboard - the vehicle must be stationary to change ranges. The selection of 4x4 and high low range are indicated to the driver within the vehicle's instrumentation display.

The Hino N04C engine is Euro 5 ADR 80/03 emission compliant and utilises the Hino Diesel Particulate active Reduction filter (DPR).

“The Hino DPR captures over 95 per cent of the exhaust particulates (soot) and is designed to be automatically self-cleaning (regenerating) without the need for driver intervention,” said Petrovski.

In terms of safety features, the Hino 300 Series 4x4 list of standard features includes driver and passenger SRS airbags, cruise control, four wheel disc brakes and reverse camera.

The Hino 300 is reportedly the only 7,500kg Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) 4x4 in Australia with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), which 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.

The 300 series 4x4 has significantly increased ground clearance over a standard 300 series 4x2 model, and therefore Hino said the 4x4 has been designed with 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.

Driver comfort in the Hino 300 series 4x4 is taken care of with ergonomically designed interior, featuring a magnetically dampened driver’s suspension seat and reinforced multi-leaf front and rear suspension for ride stability.

The new model’s 840mm wide chassis with rivet-less top flange and grid hole design also reportedly allows for easier body fitting.

According to Hino, the 300 series 4x4 has undergone extensive in field Australian testing.

“Selected Hino customers have been evaluating prototype trucks on and off-road on some of Australia’s harshest bush tracks, trails and roads over a number of years, and they haven’t missed a beat,” said Petrovski.

“Together with Hino Motors Japan, we have developed and delivered a truck that incorporates our customers’ specific requests and requirements.

The Hino 300 Series 4x4 will be begin arriving at selected Hino dealerships in October 2017 and comes with a three-year/100,000km warranty.

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