Volvo Trucks Australia will officially launch its new FH, FH16, FM, and FMX models on 30 November 2020. The entire range will be produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Wacol, Queensland, an important detail considering that Volvo focused specifically on Australian drivers when designing these trucks. Some noticeable updates include an extra cubic metre of space inside the cab of the FM and FMX, as well as 40% more storage space in day cab variants. They also feature comfortable driver seats and redesigned I-Shift transmission selectors for improved ergonomics.
Purpose-Built For Australian Drivers
“Australia is a big country. Long-haul drivers don’t just drive our trucks; they often live in them, however even in an urban distribution environment drivers also need a safe, comfortable workplace. For some it is the modern office with every convenience at hand, for others it is also a home,” says Tony O’Connell, vice president, sales, at Volvo Trucks Australia. “This new generation of Volvo Trucks has been designed from the inside out with the driver in mind. We all know how hard it can be to attract drivers in this country. These trucks raise the bar in terms of comfort, performance and efficiency. And any driver would be proud to find themselves behind the wheel of any truck in our new range.”
Power & Efficiency
While there will still be Euro 5 options, the availability of Euro 6 engines is one of the more substantial updates across the range. Volvo FMs will be available with 11-litre engines ranging from 380 to 460 horsepower (283 to 343 kilowatts) or 13-litre power plants that produce either 460 or 500 hp (373 kW). The Volvo FH16 will have Euro 5 engines ranging from 600 to 700 hp (447 to 522 kW), as well as Euro 6 engines available at 550 or 650 hp (410 or 485 kW).
Perhaps the largest upgrade is for the FH, which includes such engine options as a 500-hp D13 Turbo Compound engine and a 540-hp variant. The Volvo FH with I-Save pairs power with efficiency with a Euro 6 D13TC engine that produces 500 hp and 2,800 newton-metres of torque while also reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Specifically designed for long-haul trucking, I-Save includes I-See technology and I-Shift software for smoother, optimised shifting; I-Cruise with I-Roll; engine idle shutdown; a variable displacement power steering pump; and fuel-efficient tyres.
Safety is also a major point of emphasis in the new Australian Volvo range. The cab stands up to Sweden’s BOF10 strength test and Volvo enhanced the visibility from inside the FM and FMX by more than 10% to be better in line with the FH, adding a large windscreen, slimmer mirrors, and more. There is also a passenger-side corner camera that automatically turns on when the operator engages the left indicator. The 9-inch display on the dash can show feeds from as many as eight cameras. Other visibility-related add-ons include Adaptive High Beam LED headlights on the FH and FH16. This technology can detect other vehicles, large and small, and automatically dim the lights for added safety.
There are several other standard and optional safety features available across the Volvo range, as well, including adaptive cruise control, hill descent control, an electronic braking system, collision warning, electronic stability control, lane keeping assist, and stability assist. With a 12-inch digital instrument panel and larger touchscreen display, which features voice control and steering wheel controls, these vehicles ensure the driver has quick access to important information while staying focused on the road ahead.