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Scania R Series raises the premium bar

Scania says its R-Series trucks are in high demand in Australia

In the world of truck cabins, an extra 270mm could be the difference between rolling into bed with minimum fuss, or spending time shuffling seats and folding out mattresses.

For drivers who spend a lot of time on the road, sleeping in their trucks, size does matter – at least that’s the feedback Scania Trucks Australia is receiving in the form of orders for its CR23 cab variant.

Scania Australia’s director of sales Benjamin Nye says the CR23 cab raises the bar for premium trucks in Australia to a new level.

The 100cm wide bed is a popular part of the Scania cab

“We have blended some of the capabilities from our four-door Scania CrewCab into our R-series premium cab, adding generous space that brings extra comfort,” Nye says.

The CR23 cab has had 27cm added to the initial length of 200 cm (which is measured from the pedals to the rear wall), an increase of more than 13 per cent.

The extra space has been created by Scania reconfiguring its existing cab components, made possible by the manufacturers use of a modular system.

In the CR23 cab, the Scania expandable bed can be pulled out to 100cm wide and no longer needs to be retracted to move the seats back into a driving position, allowing the bed to remain made up, all day.

“Since we announced the creation of the CR23 to the Australian market in 2021 we have received many serious enquiries from existing customers, such that we (Australia) are undoubtedly the biggest global market for this variant,” Nye says.

“The factory has been working flat-out to meet our demand, and the first examples have already arrived and been delivered to their very excited new owners and drivers.

“Despite the extra length of the body and extra metal, the recent weight reduction programmes within the V8 engine and all new alloy transmission ranges, means we continue to comply with Australia’s front axle weight limits.”

Nye says Scania has listened to drivers across a range of markets, particularly Australia, when it developed the new cab variant.

“The most obvious benefit is of course for long-distance drivers, they are always on the lookout for comfortable premium solutions,” Nye says. 

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