Performance, economy, reliability: Hyundai launches the new Mighty truck

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 28, 2017

Hyundai is launching its Mighty truck – in four different wheelbases and two cab styles – at this week‘s Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo. The Mighty supersedes the HD range with new offerings that couple the HD range‘s reputation for reliability and robustness with a comprehensive specification that features class leading technology and features.

Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair says Hyundai is offering the new truck in a range of formats to suit a wide range of users.

The Mighty runs from the EX6, a 6.0 tonne GVW standard-cab version with a 2850mm wheelbase, to an extra long EX8 with a chassis length of 5590 mm and 7.8-ton GVW rating.

Depending on the model variant the Mighty range has a reinforced rear axle (6,600kg) and features a host of safety aids including Vehicle Dynamic Control, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control. There are four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes and a safety-focused pad wear indicator in the dash that illuminates when servicing is required.

Powertrains are tailored to match respective cargo hauling capacities and use Hyundai‘s D4 range of Euro-compliant common-rail 3.9-litre direct injection diesel engines producing 125 kW (167 bhp) and 62 kg-m (608 Nm/448 lb-ft) of torque driving through 5 or 6-speed manual transmissions.

High strength, zinc galvanised steel is used extensively in the Mighty‘ s cab, and its styling echoes the ‘Euro-feel‘ of the much larger Xcient, which also makes its New Zealand debut at the Expo.

The option of additional secure space in the Super-Cab version is expected to be popular with kiwi users. Mighty offers users up to 43.4 litres of in-cab storage. In the ultimate EX8 Extra Long chassis version, the truck has a useful six-metre- plus build length.

“Hyundai has had a consistent presence in the light truck sector with our HD truck range. Now, with the new generation European-inspired Mighty we‘re looking to broaden the appeal of the range and grow our share of the Kiwi transport market,” Sinclair said.