Hino moves on 300 and 500 Series GT updates


Upgraded 500 Series GT available as Hino teases new 300 Series

Hino moves on 300 and 500 Series GT updates
The 500 Series GT 1528 in action

 

Hino Australia has launched an updated 500 Series GT 1528 with more power and torque, higher axle capacities, larger gross vehicle mass (GVM) and an increased payload.

Now available in dealerships, power in the Hino J08 turbocharged six-cylinder engine has increased from 215hp to 280hp (158kW to 206kW) while torque improves from 637Nm to 824Nm.
 
Hino Australia product strategy manager Daniel Petrovski says despite external appearances, the enhancements are under the cab and in the driveline.

"We know the power, torque and payload upgrades to the 500 Series GT 1528 will provide our customers with even better performance and useability in conditions that they need it most," Petrovski says.
 
Reliability of operation in high idle and low road speed applications is ensured by the combination of Hino EGR and the Hino Diesel Particulate active Reduction (DPR) system.

Other features include the standard fitment of the Allison 2500 Series true automatic transmission.
 
"Given the challenging conditions in which the GT 4x4 operates, the Allison automatic allows the driver to concentrate on safely traversing the terrain without the need to change gears," Petrovski says.
 
The turning circle has also been reduced by over a metre, aiding navigation of tight off-road tracks.
 
The GVM has increased from 13 tonne to 14.5 tonne through an upgraded 5.5 tonne front axle and a 10 tonne rear axle.
 
"Importantly for our customers, the higher GVM rating is achieved with very minimal impact on the tare weight, resulting in a boost of the nominal payload to over 9 tonne," Petrovski says.
 
"As with all Hino Australia trucks, safety is a priority and the 500 Series GT 1528 features a standard reverse camera, alongside Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), cruise control, driver’s SRS airbag, heated and electrically operated external mirrors, and an ISRI 6860/870 driver’s seat with an integrated safety belt."
 
It also features the high definition 6.5-inch capacitive touch screen multimedia unit, which was first introduced in the 500 Series Standard Cab models in 2019, and is now available on all Hino trucks.
 
"This highly intelligent unit is capable of connecting up to 4 multi-position cameras and supports AM/FM radio, DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth music streaming and mobile phone connectivity with voice dialling."
 
The unit also features an Android operating system with Wi-Fi connectivity and the benefit of over-the-air software updates.
 
The updated range is accompanied by Hino’s warranty and service offers.

"The new model continues to deliver on the Hino design principles of Quality, Durability and Reliability, and the enhancements will have an increased appeal to a broad range of customers including agricultural, infrastructure support and a multitude of mining industry applications," Petrovski says.
 
"Such is the excellent reputation of the current model that, after we announced the new model in August last year, we were approached by a number of emergency service organisations, and we are currently preparing a number of trial vehicles for those customers."


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It comes as Hino released the first picture of its new 2020 300 Series, which will arrive in dealerships from July.

"With an expanded model line-up, the new 300 Series will once again be a leader in safety while maintaining its excellence in driveability," Petrovski says.

More details about the new 300 Series will be released closer to its launch in July.

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