Hino 500 Series Wide Cab launched with new looks and added safety…
The medium duty truck market just heated up with Hino set to take the fight up to Japanese rivals with the all-new Hino 500 Series Wide Cab.
Launched this week in Sydney/Hunter Valley, the new offering is the first new-generation model to land in Hino dealerships since 2011.
The new offering has also been a long time in development, Hino has been looking at this new truck since 2009 – but it looks like it’s been worth the wait.
The big news is the Hino 500 Series Wide Cab welcomes a potentially lifesaving technology – Vehicle Stability Control.
I had the opportunity to put the technology to the test on a wet skid pan at the Sydney Motorsport Park and the advantages are clear.
When the system is switched off the Hino wanted to initially understeer when a sharp turn was made, then we are all aware of what happens when rear wheels lose grip.
But with stability control turned on you could feel the brakes and the system doing their thing and the truck was a whole lot more reassuring and compliant through the bends.
Hino believes the technology is going to be mandated soon and has got the jump on that, and on their competition.
For operators, especially fleets, the technology should be welcomed as it almost makes the truck ‘fool proof’, certainly in terms of keeping the tyres on the pavement at least.
Another aspect of the new Hino 500 Series that should please fleet operators is an expansion in automatic transmission options.
The new model now boasts 51 different models, up from 33 and Hino say this ensures there’s a wheelbase and drive-line to meet any Australian application.
While a wider front steering axle has also been introduced and this helps reduce the truck’s turning circle by up to two metres.
Available with a choice of three different engines – power has been increased by up to 20%.
Those engine outputs include – 280hp/883Nm, 320hp/1275Nm and 350hp/1422Nm.
Transmission options include a push-button operation six-speed Allison auto, six-speed synchromesh manual, and a new nine-speed synchromesh manual gearbox.
One great aspect of the auto transmission is it drops down the gears while you decelerate with the exhaust brake on – this allows you to much easier control your speed.
While to save fuel some models are even fitted with an auto stop/start system (which can be overridden at the push of a button).
But really those are just the start of what Hino has introduced into the 500 Series.
Also coming into the new model is:
- Updated infotainment system
- Improved staircase, better handrail/steps
- Reverse camera – standard
- Polished Alcoa wheels – standard
- Differential Locks – standard (GH and FM)
- Improved cabin comfort
- Tilt and telescopic steering adjustment
- Improved cabin mounts and suspension for better ride
Speaking of the suspension, the new Hino features an ECAS system as standard and this allows you to control the height of the rear suspension via a remote control in the cab – very handy for when working at a loading dock.
Hino has also listened to owners/operators and body-builders in making the layout of the on-frame components, such as fuel and air tanks modular, and this should make it easier to configure your new truck to your requirements.
From a cabin comfort perspective the only thing that seemed to be lacking was a driver’s arm rest on the standard ISRI seat.
Sure to be a sales success for Hino, the new 500 Series Wide Cab offers configurations that should meet the needs of a wide range of operators from freight, to applications such as cranes and tippers.
The addition of stability control takes the new Hino offering to a new level, while the extra power, added transmission options and improved cab are the icing on the cake.
Hino is billing it as a “Game Changer” and it certainly looks like it could be.