Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino, has announced the newly available Hino 500 Series GT 1528 features torque, power and payload upgrades.
This includes higher axle capacities and a larger gross vehicle mass (GVM).
According to Hino Australia Product Strategy Manager Daniel Petrovski the driveline and Hino J08 turbocharged six-cylinder engine have been improved.
“The new model continues to deliver on the Hino design principles of Quality, Durability and Reliability, and the enhancements will have an increased appeal to a broad range of customers including agricultural, infrastructure support and a multitude of mining industry applications," he said.
Output for the engine has increased from 215hp to 280hp (158kW to 206kW) while torque improves substantially from 637Nm to 824Nm.
Reliability of operation in high idle and low road speed applications is ensured by the combination of Hino EGR and the Hino Diesel Particulate active Reduction (DPR) system, which ensures that the Hino GT complies with ADR80/03 and Euro 5 engine exhaust emissions standards.
“Of particular interest to our customers is the standard fitment of the Allison 2500 Series true automatic transmission,” said Petrovski.
“Given the challenging conditions in which the GT 4x4 operates, the Allison automatic allows the driver to concentrate on safely traversing the terrain without the need to change gears,” he said.
The turning circle has been reduced by over a metre, a critical development for customers navigating through tight offroad tracks.
Meanwhile an upgraded 5.5 tonne front axle and a 10 tonne rear axle has seen the GVM of the new 500 Series GT 1528 increased from 13 tonne to 14.5 tonnes.
Hino, according to Petrovski, was approached by a number of emergency service organisations late last year following the release of the all new Hino 500 series in August.
“Importantly for our customers, the higher GVM rating is achieved with very minimal impact on the tare weight, resulting in a boost of the nominal payload to over 9 tonne.
“As with all Hino Australia trucks, safety is a priority and the 500 Series GT 1528 features a standard reverse camera, alongside Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), cruise control, driver’s SRS airbag, heated and electrically operated external mirrors, and an ISRI 6860/870 driver’s seat with an integrated safety belt."
It also features the high definition 6.5-inch capacitive touch screen multimedia unit, which was first introduced in the 500 Series Standard Cab models in 2019, and is now available on all Hino trucks.
“This highly intelligent unit is capable of connecting up to 4 multi-position cameras and supports AM/FM radio, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth music streaming and mobile phone connectivity with voice dialling," explained Petrovski.
The unit, which is now available across the Hino dealer network, also features an Android operating system with Wi-Fi connectivity and the benefit of over-the-air software updates.