Volvo Trucks NZ announces sales start of revamped heavy-duty range

In News, Volvo3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 21, 2024

Volvo New Zealand has announced sales start for the revamped heavy-duty range.

The new Euro-6 lineup arrives with a raft of new features as well as the new 780hp D17 engine, with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.

With a focus on efficiency and driver appeal, the updated FH16 sees a significant jump in torque. The 600hp variant now offers 3000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3400Nm, the range topping 780hp option delivers a massive 3800Nm, making the flagship FH the most powerful Volvo yet.

Aerodynamic performance and styling updates have been added across the range, from FM and FMX, to the FH. These styling updates also include all Volvo electric models. Inside, the range has received styling updates, revised USB ports, a new touchscreen side display and an improved audio system.

The incoming 17.3-litre, Euro-6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore.

In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion.

The engine makes the most of its prodigious power output at relatively low rpm, with a low flat torque curve stretching from 1000 to 1200pm. The new powerplant meets Euro-6 emissions standards utilising a combination of Exhaust Gas Recirculation  and Selective Catalytic Reduction . Forced induction duties are taken care of by a new Variable Geometry Turbocharger .

All power ratings are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) compatible.

The Volvo range update also introduces the option of an air-suspended front axle across the range, including 8×4 configurations for both tractor units and rigid vehicles.

“This latest evolution of the Volvo heavy duty range takes our offering to the next level. Our revamped Euro 6 line up has been delivering class leading efficiency, performance and uptime to New Zealand transport operators since 2020,” said Rob Wood, general manager, for MTD, New Zealand distributor of Volvo Trucks.

“Our hard working 11-litre, the I-Save 500 and the trusted 13-litre 540 are joined by the new D17 engine, which will continue to deliver on the legacy created by the rest of the Volvo range,” he said

“These drivetrains complement the Volvo Trucks journey to fossil-free transport solutions, not only in terms of fuel efficiency, but also in terms of their ability to utilise a variety of alternative fuel options.

“The performance of the D17 engine in the new FH16 will guarantee to impress the driver behind the wheel. There’s no doubt that the power and torque available from this drivetrain will impress on New Zealand roads.”