Workhorses just for us
Scania does a localised rig for Oz conditions
A RUGGED new range of Scania trucks is being specially prepared for duty in Australia.
Scania’s local arm has added new off-road G-series models to its stable, while a tougher P-series model is on the way.
The addition of the gravelfriendly workhorses is a sign Scania is focusing more closely on the booming mining industry both overseas and in Australia.
The new hard-working rigs are simply called the Off-road range and are aimed at construction, mining and council services.
Scania has reworked the trucks to cope with tougher off-road conditions and to be more durable.
The front-end features a tough new steel bumper, re-positioned headlights and a sturdy shield aimed at protecting forward engine components such as the radiator and the leading edge of the sump.
Engineers selected a rugged bumper that protrudes 80mm farther than the regular bumper and now sits out a total of 135mm to protect the cab from low speed knocks and scrapes.
It has been designed with an off-road friendly attack angle (25 degrees), to complement ramp and departure angles that Scania describes as generous, and can be removed more quickly and more easily than a standard bumper.
Scania says the truck is eligible for off-road classification, which means it does not have to run a frontunder-run protection bumper.
Workers are better able to safely clean the windscreen of the truck thanks to a fold-out access step located below the tow-pin and a non-slip surface on the top of the bumper.
The truck’s headlights have been moved farther away from the bumper to limit damage in the event of worksite bingles. The bulbs have been separated and are fitted with steel guards for extra protection.
Steel guards are also available for the optional bumpermounted fog-lights.
The side steps have been separated from the bumper, again to limit the potential for damage, and the lowest step is mounted on rubber belts.
Scania engineers altered the chassis to work better on rugged and often slippery terrain, making changes to the suspension, driveshafts and hub reduction system.
The truck’s traction control system has been tuned to work in slippery situations and the automated Opticruise transmission is fitted out with a special off-road program as well as a retarder that works better at low speeds.
Scania also offers all-wheel drive systems and special highriding chassis to enable the trucks to work better on rugged terrain. As part of the off-road overhaul, air suspension is now available on the high-riding chassis. While some of the features that are now part of the Off-road packs were previously available, they had to be specially ordered.
The Off-road option is a far more economical way of getting the gear.
Scania says the changes will make a difference to operators.
‘‘ These robust design features on the new Off-road chassis further enhance performance in these applications,’’ Scania Australia managing director Roger Mccarthy says.
‘‘ Together with Scania’s comprehensive model program, we can offer our customers a reliable way to increase valuable uptime and profitability.’’
Mccarthy says the new Offroad options will help lower repair costs, increase product life and increase resale value of Scania trucks. He expects it will help Scania make inroads into the mining industry.