An important new model has been added to Hino SA’s 500-Series range of trucks in the form of the 6×2, long-wheelbase 2626 freight carrier which, according to Hino, can be considered as a worthy alternative to a more expensive extra-heavy category truck for many applications
The introduction of this model extends the 500-Series range to eight models, including a tipper and a four-wheel drive model as well as various freight carriers. The 2626 model code refers to a 260 hp engine and a GVM of 26 tons.
“The 6×2 freight carrier market has shown significant growth over the past five years rising from about 250 units a year to more than 500 so it is important for Hino to have a model to suit this growing demand,” says Hino SA vice president Ernie Trautmann.
“Previously, we had only the shorter wheelbase 1626 and 1726 models with a tag axle to offer in the 6×2 market. Chassis were extended or shortened where required for the specific load type. Now the new longer wheelbase 2626 derivative offers a significant improvement of 2 000kg in payload.”
The Hino 500-Series 2626 has a high specification level including a full floating cab, dual air Hendrickson suspension for the two rear axles while anti-skid ABS brakes, side impact beams in the doors and standard seatbelts contribute to driver safety. There are two fuel tanks, each of 200-litres capacity for an excellent range between fill ups.
Driver comfort has been a high consideration and air-conditioning is standard on the Hino 2626, as is a radio/CD player. Other features which make for greater driver comfort include a multi-adjustable seat, a steering column that is adjustable for rake and reach as well as a suspended pedal assembly which can be adjusted to the optimal pedal height for each driver. The cab has electric tilt.
The power unit is the new Hino J08E model which is a direct injection, common rail, turbocharged six-cylinder engine of 7,7-litre capacity, which complies with Euro IV regulations. It produces 184kW@2 500r/min together with 739Nm of torque at 1 500r/min.
It drives through an Eaton nine-speed transmission.
Wheelbase of the 2626 is 5 850mm with a further 1 300mm between the centres of the two back axles. This allows for the fitment of wide range of bodies and is linked to a body and payload allowance of 17 780kg. Fitment of a maximum length body, which provides an internal length of 9.9 metres, will allow the transport of 18 lighter weight standard pallets.
There is a lift axle option for improved fuel economy and less tyre wear on the rearmost axle. Maximum GVM is 26 000kg and the GCM takes the load capability up to 32 000kg.
“We are already receiving serious inquiries about the new model from operators and are pleased we have been able to fill this gap in our 500-Series line-up,” says Trautmann.