Day of the Con­dor

The big birds spread their wings at the Bris­bane show

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD james.stan­ford@cars­

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

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