Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino, has announced the off-road suited 500 Series GT 1528 4x4 will be updated with additional power and torque following its appearance at the 2019 Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) event in Melbourne.
Increased payload is one of the other upgrades made to the 500 Series GT 1528 along with a 5.5 tonne front axle and 10 tonne rear axle.
The gross vehicle mass (GVM) has been increased to 14.5 tonne.
It will be available in Hino Australia dealerships from Q1 next year.
According to Daniel Petrovski, Manager of Product Strategy for Hino Motor Sales Australia, the current 500 Series GT 1322 has been a popular choice for various Australian emergency services, the mining industry and infrastructure support applications.
“When this GVM is combined with the relatively low tare weight of the GT 1528, it results in a nominal payload of approximately 9 tonne, which will please operators of these large 4x4 models,” he said.
“The Hino J08 turbocharged six-cylinder engine increases the power from 215Hp to 280Hp (158kW to 209kW) and torque improves dramatically from the current 637Nm up to 824Nm,” said Petrovski.
Compliant with ADR80/03 using Euro 5 emission standards, the engine uses the Hino Diesel Particulate active Reduction (DPR) system, which traps, according to Hino, over 95 percent of exhaust soot.
“Given the current 500 Series GT model’s popularity with emergency services, the 2019 AFAC is the obvious place to announce these changes,” said Petrovski.
“More power and torque enhances the on-road performance for emergency services vehicles attending incidents, while a larger payload increases operational flexibility and efficiency by allowing more water carrying capability," he said.
“The Allison 2500 Series automatic transmission makes the role of the emergency service driver easier by eliminating the need to shift gears.”
Other refinements to the new 500 Series GT 1528 include a new larger capacity dual-range transfer case to handle the increase in power and torque delivered from the upgraded engine.
A reverse camera comes as standard equipment on the new multimedia system.
Safety and comfort features include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), cruise control (single cab only), driver’s SRS airbag, heated and electrically operated external mirrors and an ISRI 6860/870 driver’s seat with integrated safety belt.
The 2019 Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) exhibition is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27-30 August 2019.