Hino recently announced the availability of its new 500 Series GT 1528 4x4 at dealerships across Australia. It features a Hino J08 six-cylinder engine that produces 280 horsepower (209 kW) and 824 newton-metres of torque, an increase of 65 hp (48 kW) and 187 N-m over previous models. It meets ADR80/03 and Euro 5 emissions standards using Hino’s own EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and diesel particulate active reduction (DPR) systems. The 500 Series GT 1528 also comes with an Allison 2500 automatic transmission. It comes standard with a three-year/150,000-kilometre Hino Advantage warranty, which can be extended to five years, and three years of free roadside assistance.
“We know the power, torque, and payload upgrades to the 500 Series GT 1528 will provide our customers with even better performance and usability in conditions that they need it most,” says Daniel Petrovski, product strategy manager for Hino Australia. “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.”
Increased GVM, Tighter Turning Circle
The 500 Series GT 1528 has a 10-tonne rear axle and 5.5-t front axle, giving it an increased gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 14.5 t. However, Petrovski points out that this increase didn’t result in a negative impact on tare weight; the 1528 has a nominal payload of more than 9 t. Hino also reduced the turning circle of its newest GT 4x4 by more than a metre to make it easier for drivers to make sharper turns.
Other Standout Features
The new GT 1528, like all other Hino trucks, now come standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia display with an Android operating system, Bluetooth support, DAB+ radio, AM/FM radio, and more. It can also receive over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi. For safety, you can add as many as four cameras, all viewable from the display. Other safety features include one reverse camera, a driver’s side SRS airbag, integrated safety belt, and an anti-lock brake system (ABS). It also has electric, heated mirrors.