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Sca­nia is bring­ing its Next Gen­er­a­tion S 500 on a fly­ing visit for the Bris­bane Truck Show from May 25 to 28.

The S 500 has al­ready been pre­sented with the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year award at the 2016 IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in Han­nover, Ger­many.

This will be the first time an ex­am­ple of the New Truck Gen­er­a­tion Sca­nia will be seen in Aus­tralia and, in­deed, it will also be its first public pre­sen­ta­tion in the South­ern Hemi­sphere fol­low­ing the global re­veal in Paris last Au­gust. The Bris­bane Truck Show Sca­nia S 500 dis­play ve­hi­cle will be brought out specif­i­cally for the show and will re­turn to Eu­rope im­me­di­ately af­ter it con­cludes.

“We are bring­ing out for the Bris­bane Truck Show an ex­am­ple of the New Truck Gen­er­a­tion Sca­nia prime mover that won the 1000-point test un­der­taken by a num­ber of highly re­spected heavy-ve­hi­cle pub­li­ca­tions in Eu­rope last year,” Sca­nia Aus­tralia manag­ing di­rec­tor Roger McCarthy says.

“The Sca­nia S 500 won the re­cent 1000point test beat­ing off three ri­val Euro­peans, un­der­lin­ing its strength across many cat­e­gories un­der scru­tiny, such as high per­for­mance, econ­omy, ex­cel­lent driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, ease of op­er­a­tion, safety, and driver com­fort.

“As a re­sult of this im­pres­sive vote of con­fi­dence in the all-new Sca­nia, we took the de­ci­sion to fast-track the de­liv­ery of an ex­am­ple of the S 500 to Aus­tralia, even though the com­mer­cial launch of the New Truck Gen­er­a­tion Sca­nia range is still some con­sid­er­able way off,” McCarthy says.

“The truck on dis­play is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a spec­i­fi­ca­tion that could be of­fered to the Australian mar­ket once the New Truck Gen­er­a­tion Sca­nia is launched here.

“The Bris­bane Truck Show will be the only place this ve­hi­cle can be in­spected and ad­mired prior to its re­turn to Eu­rope. It will be joined on the Sca­nia dis­play stand by a se­lec­tion of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of Sca­nia prime movers in­clud­ing the cur­rent flag­ship, the R 730 V8, a G 480 prime mover, and a P 310 8x2 rigid.

“We will also be demon­strat­ing the ad­van­tages of Sca­nia Main­te­nance with Flex­i­ble Plans which, com­bined with Sca­nia Op­ti­mise, pro­vides fleets and own­ers with deep and user-friendly in­sights into the most cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient way to max­imise the prof­itabil­ity of their Sca­nia as­sets.

“The Sca­nia stand at the Bris­bane Truck Show will pro­vide all truck op­er­a­tors with the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to gain a clear un­der­stand­ing of ef­fi­cient, sus­tain­able, safe, and driver-friendly truck­ing,” McCarthy says.

The Sca­nia S 500 on dis­play will be a right-hand drive UK-spec­i­fi­ca­tion ve­hi­cle, shown in 6x2/2 con­fig­u­ra­tion with a pusher axle (with sin­gle wheels) and rear-drive axle with dual wheels.

The new Sca­nia S 500 boasts a com­pletely flat cab floor as well as the Sca­nia 13.0litre SCR Euro 6-com­pli­ant 6-cylin­der in-line en­gine, pro­duc­ing 500hp (373kW) at 1900rpm, and 2550Nm (1882ft-lb) of torque be­tween 1000 and 1300rpm.

The 500hp en­gine drives through the Sca­nia GRS905R di­rect drive gear­box, con­trolled by Sca­nia Op­ti­cruise au­to­ma­tion, which pro­vides three per­for­mance modes (econ­omy, stan­dard and power).

Thanks to the adop­tion of a new layshaft brake, Sca­nia Op­ti­cruise gearchang­ing is now ef­fected in about 0.4 of a sec­ond, around 45 per cent quicker than pre­vi­ously, pro­vid­ing a smoother driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and driv­e­line wear re­duc­tion.

The Sca­nia S 500 is fit­ted with the lat­est high-out­put R 4100D Sca­nia Re­tarder, plus an ex­haust brake, pro­vid­ing su­pe­rior, seam­less de­cel­er­a­tion while pre­serv­ing the ser­vice brakes. The rear-driven axle uses a 2.59:1 fi­nal drive ra­tio, re­flect­ing the lower Euro­pean speed limit for heavy goods ve­hi­cles of 85km/h, and is equipped with a dif­fer­en­tial lock.

The show truck is the High­line model that pro­vides ad­di­tional head­room in­side, al­low­ing driv­ers up to 207cm tall to stand up­right, thanks to the cab’s com­pletely flat floor. Pre­mium cli­mate con­trol, an elec­tric roof hatch, a 1000mm-wide ex­pand­able lower bunk, and a 700mm up­per bunk en­sure driver com­fort.

The Sca­nia S 500 fea­tures lat­est­gen­er­a­tion safety sys­tems such as ABS/ EBS with Ad­vanced Emer­gency Brak­ing, Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, Sca­nia Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, as well as the world’s first driver’s side win­dow cur­tain airbag, aug­ment­ing the driver’s airbag in the leather-rimmed steer­ing wheel.

The truck will also be fit­ted with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Sca­nia Com­mu­ni­ca­tor, as well as LED head and tail lamps, LED day­time run­ning lamps, and LED fog lamps, un­der­lin­ing the Sca­nia’s com­mit­ment to equip­ping its ve­hi­cles with the high­est lev­els of safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures in the mar­ket.

Sca­nis Next Gen­er­a­tion S 500 – on its way to the Bris­bane Truck Show

The High­line S 500 model boasts a com­pletely flat floor

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