Off-road work­a­bil­ity

Hino’s new ad­ven­turer will get you to any work­place

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Quite sim­ply, we be­lieve this is the best light­duty 4x4 truck on the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

— Daniel Petro­vski

MORE power and torque, more gears, more com­fort and more safety than its ri­vals – that’s what Hino Aus­tralia’s first 300 Se­ries 4x4 light duty truck will de­liver when it lands in deal­er­ships later this year.

Hino Aus­tralia has re­vealed the full spec­i­fi­ca­tions of its much-an­tic­i­pated 300 Se­ries 4x4 ahead of the dis­play of the new ve­hi­cle at this week’s AFAC con­fer­ence for fire and emer­gency ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als in Syd­ney from Septem­ber 4–7.

“Quite sim­ply, we be­lieve this is the best light-duty 4x4 truck on the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” said Daniel Petro­vski, man­ager prod­uct strat­egy for Hino Aus­tralia.

De­vised in re­sponse to the de­mands of Aus­tralian cus­tomers for a bet­ter light duty 4x4 truck and com­pre­hen­sively tested in an Aus­tralian field test pro­gram over a num­ber of years, the Hino 300 Se­ries 817 4x4 sets a new bench­mark for light duty 4x4 truck spec­i­fi­ca­tions and driv­ing per­for­mance.

The Hino 300 Se­ries 4x4 is avail­able in sin­gle cab and crew cab con­fig­u­ra­tions, both pow­ered by a 165hp (121kW), 464Nm, 4-litre diesel en­gine mated to a 6-speed man­ual over­drive trans­mis­sion and a dual range 4x4 trans­fer case. This driv­e­line com­bi­na­tion of­fers ex­cep­tional flex­i­bil­ity and ef­fi­ciency on and off road.

Op­er­a­tional safety is class lead­ing with the stan­dard in­clu­sion of Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC), a first for a Ja­panese-built truck in this cat­e­gory, to­gether with 4-wheel-disc brakes and a re­vers­ing camera.

The Hino 300 Se­ries 817 4x4 com­bines a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with a dual-range trans­fer case and se­lectable 4x4.

“With a six-speed over­drive man­ual trans­mis­sion mated to a Hino trans­fer case with su­pe­rior low range gear­ing of 2.2:1, the Hino 300 se­ries 4x4 has the widest spread of ra­tios and the low­est crawl speed in its class,” Mr Petro­vski said.

“This means the 300 Se­ries 4x4 can crawl slower off-road than its ri­vals.”

ABOVE: With a six-speed over­drive man­ual trans­mis­sion mated to a Hino trans­fer case with low-range gear­ing of 2.2:1, the Hino 300 se­ries 4x4 has the widest spread of ra­tios.

PHOTOS: SUP­PLIED

LEFT: The high ground clear­ance and rugged un­der­car­riage means the 300 Se­ries can carry the goods to re­mote lo­ca­tions.

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