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.