Day of the Condor
The big birds spread their wings at the Brisbane show
JAPANESE brand UDhas revealed its all-new mediumduty truck at the Brisbane Truck Show.
The company took the wraps off the truck, called Condor, at the show yesterday. It also showed its updated heavy-duty model, the Quon, which has relatively minor upgrades. The Condor is new from the ground up— with a stiffer frame and fresh cabin. It is the first truck with UD’s 7.0-litre in-line sixcylinder diesel, developed by UD under the guidance of its owner, Volvo Trucks.
This engine has been introduced on UDs first but will be rolled out in the Volvo Trucks group, which means it could be used in Volvo, Renault and even Mack rigs.
Medium-duty trucks from Isuzu and Hino run engines with diesel particulate filters, which catch soot and burn it off. The Condor takes a different approach— its selective catalytic reduction (SCR) cleans the exhaust by treating it with a urea-derived additive called AdBlue.
This method is generally reserved for larger trucks but is now being used with smaller engines to meet ever stricter emission regulations.
UD’s marketing manager Cris Gillespie said operators will need to buy the AdBlue liquid additive but says SCR saves money in other areas.
‘‘ There will be a bit of a challenge to convince operators but SCR has some big advantages over the [filter] systems used by Hino and Isuzu,’’ he said.
‘‘ Service intervals for the SCR engine are longer and it also doesn’t need as much oil.’’
As for the AdBlue fluid, UD estimates the CondorMK model will easily manage 2500km before a refill, while the PK is expected to do more than 2000km. UD says its local tests will give it some more concrete range figures.
The CondorMKis now rated at 180kW (250hp) with 716Nm, while the PK produces 206kW (280hp) and 883Nm.
The upgrades to the Condor’s cabin make it much more spacious than the previous model. ‘‘ Sometimes [the makers] can forget how large us Australians are but they have taken it into account this time,’’ Gillespie said.
The engineers have worked on refinement, so it is quieter as well as more spacious.
Condor models have a standard driver’s airbag. The seat is far superior, too.
The Condor and the Quon trucks are fitted with front underrun protection system (FUPS) bumpers as standard.
Both models have a high resolution multi-media centre display, with Bluetooth phone connectivity and iPod input, standard across the range.
Quon models also gain a standard driver’s airbag.
UD is selling the Quon as a single-drive 4x2 prime mover, matching rival Hino, which has just introduced a similar variant of its 700 Series.
The Quon range, comprising the GK, CWandGWmodels, retains its 13.0-litre engine which already runs SCR.
UDCondor: Newfrom the ground up, with advanced emissions reduction