First peek

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IT WON’T of­fi­cially join Hino’s ranks un­til later this year but the ‘world first’ pre­view of a 300-se­ries 817 4x4 model at the Bris­bane Truck Show left no doubt that much will be ex­pected of this of­froad spe­cial­ist.

For the mo­ment, Hino is keep­ing the full spec­i­fi­ca­tion close to the chest but the 817 nu­mer­als at least in­di­cate that gross ve­hi­cle weight will be around eight tonnes and max­i­mum power up to 170hp (127kW). Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued im­me­di­ately prior to the show, se­lected Hino cus­tomers have been eval­u­at­ing pro­to­type ver­sions on and of­froad since 2014, from Aus­tralia’s in­te­rior to Cape York.

“It’s a model cus­tomers and deal­ers have been ask­ing for,” Hino prod­uct man­ager Daniel Petro­vski says, in­di­cat­ing the truck’s po­ten­tial to tackle the suc­cess of Isuzu and Fuso in a range of off-road ap­pli­ca­tions.

The new model will follow in the wake of Hino’s im­pres­sively re­vamped 500-se­ries wide cab range launched ear­lier this year and will sim­i­larly of­fer a for­mi­da­ble ar­ray of stan­dard fea­tures in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol and re­vers­ing cam­era.

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