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MORE POWER and torque, more gears, more com­fort and more safety – that’s what Hino Aus­tralia is promis­ing with the re­lease of its first 300 Se­ries 4x4 light- duty truck.

Hino Aus­tralia re­vealed the full spec­i­fi­ca­tions of its 300 Se­ries 4x4 ahead of the dis­play of the new ve­hi­cle, at the re­cent AFAC con­fer­ence for fire and emer­gency ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als in Syd­ney.

“Quite sim­ply, we be­lieve this is the best light- duty 4x4 truck on the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” says Daniel Petro­vski, man­ager, prod­uct strat­egy for Hino Aus­tralia.

Hino says the new light- duty 4x4 was de­vised in re­sponse to the de­mands of Aus­tralian cus­tomers. It adds that the 300 4x4 was com­pre­hen­sively tested in an Aus­tralian field test pro­gram over a num­ber of years.

The Hino 300 Se­ries 4x4 is avail­able in sin­gle cab and crew cab con­fig­u­ra­tions, both pow­ered by a 165hp (121kW), 464Nm, 4-litre diesel en­gine mated to a six-speed man­ual over­drive trans­mis­sion and a dual-range 4x4 trans­fer case.

Op­er­a­tional safety comes through the stan­dard in­clu­sion of Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol ( VSC), which Hino says is a first for a Ja­panese-built truck in this cat­e­gory, to­gether with four-wheel disc brakes and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

The Hino 300 Se­ries 817 4x4 com­bines a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion with a dual-range trans­fer case and se­lectable 4x4.

“With a six-speed over­drive man­ual trans­mis­sion mated to a Hino trans­fer case with su­pe­rior low-range gear­ing of 2.2:1, the Hino 300 se­ries 4x4 has the widest spread of ra­tios and the low­est crawl speed in its class,” Petro­vski says.

“This means the 300 Se­ries 4x4 can crawl slower off-road than its ri­vals, pro­vid­ing bet­ter ve­hi­cle con­trol in tricky off-road con­di­tions, which is a key mea­sure of per­for­mance in that mar­ket.”

The driv­e­line com­bi­na­tion is also said to im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency, re­duce noise lev­els and in­crease com­fort lev­els dur­ing long- dis­tance driv­ing by low­er­ing the en­gine rpm at high­way speeds.

Ac­cord­ing to Hino, when 4x4 is en­gaged via the trans­fer case, drive is de­liv­ered 50/50 to the front and rear axles.

Free-wheel­ing hubs are a stan­dard fea­ture and are man­u­ally locked; once en­gaged, 4x4 can be se­lected on the move by the driver, via a but­ton on the dash­board. the ve­hi­cle must be sta­tion­ary to change ranges.

The se­lec­tion of 4x4 and high low range are in­di­cated to the driver within the ve­hi­cle’s in­stru­men­ta­tion dis­play.

“The Hino 300 Se­ries 4x4 is now the safest Ja­panese-built truck in its class, with an im­pres­sive list of stan­dard fea­tures, in­clud­ing driver and pas­sen­ger SRS airbags, Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, cruise con­trol, four-wheel disc brakes and re­verse cam­era,” Petro­vski con­tin­ues.

Hino states that the ve­hi­cle is the only 7500kg Gross Ve­hi­cle Mass (GVM) 4x4 truck in Aus­tralia, with VSC and re­verse cam­era as stan­dard fea­tures.

“The Hino 300 Se­ries 4x4 will be the only 7500 GVM 4x4 with four-wheel disc brakes, which re­duce stop­ping dis­tances and in­crease ser­vic­ing ef­fi­ciency, which we know is key for our cus­tomers in re­mote lo­ca­tions.”

Hino says driver com­fort was a pri­or­ity when de­sign­ing the new truck. Fea­tures in­clude the er­gonom­i­cally de­signed in­te­rior, fea­tur­ing a mag­net­i­cally damp­ened driver’s sus­pen­sion seat and up­dated in­stru­men­ta­tion and switches for 4x4 op­er­a­tion.

The Hino 300 Se­ries 4x4 will be be­gin ar­riv­ing at se­lected Hino deal­er­ships in Oc­to­ber.

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