The revised 300 Series light-duty truck range from Hino addresses a shortage of drivers licenced for larger vehicles, as well as the increase in delivery requirements from online shopping. The new 4x2 family can be configured with a 4.5-tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM), making it drivable by operators with a passenger car licence.
Up To The Task
Hino 300 buyers can choose one of two engines. The 4-litre motor is a common-rail turbodiesel with up to 165 horsepower (123 kilowatts) and 464 newton-metres of torque, depending on configuration. The 5-litre engine, meanwhile, can produce up to 205 hp (153 kW) and 600 N-m of torque. An enhanced hybrid electric-diesel drivetrain will also be available, providing Euro 6 emissions compliance and up to 21% better fuel economy.
“Adding to the appeal of the 300 Series for the trades and delivery markets is the true automatic transmission, which makes the transition from a 1-tonne ute or van to a light-duty truck even easier,” says Hino Australia Manager of Product Strategy Daniel Petrovski. “Hino continues to be the only Japanese truck manufacturer to offer the advantage of a true automatic transmission across the light-duty 4x2 model range.”
Among the gearbox options for the truck series are a six-speed double overdrive true automatic, as well as a five- or six-speed manual.