Released late last year, Hino’s new 500 Series Standard Cab truck claims to have the most comprehensive active safety package ever offered by a Japanese manufacturer in the Australian medium duty truck market.
Safety as Standard
Headlining the new 500 Series Standard Cab’s safety spec is a Pre-Collision System that includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection (PD) and Safety Eye (SE).
Both the Adaptive Cruise Control and standard Lane Departure Warning System utilise the Safety Eye to continuously scan the road in front - if a slower vehicle is detected, it will reduce engine acceleration and even engage the engine brake. The Lane Departure Warning System uses an instrument display and audible alerts to warn the driver if the vehicle deviates from its lane without the turn indicators being triggered.
Another active safety feature which is unique among Japanese medium duty trucks is the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), which incorporates ABS and traction control. VSC is standard equipment for every on-road model in the new 500 Series Standard Cab range, with other in-built safety tech including a reversing camera that features infra-red night vision capability and a microphone.
Passive safety features include a driver SRS airbag, UN ECE R29-rated cab strength (single cabs), and ADR84/00 compliant Front Underrun Protection. “The level of safety on this truck has never been seen before in a Japanese-built medium duty truck in Australia,” said Hino Australia’s Manager of Product Strategy Daniel Petrovski. “This is complemented by the superior torque, increased power and reduced fuel consumption of the all-new heavy-duty Hino A05 engine.”
New Performance, New Efficiency
The new heavy-duty Hino A05 5.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel is the standard engine for the all-new Hino 500 Series Standard Cab range: an engine that delivers superior torque, increased power and reduced fuel consumption, along with the cleanest exhaust emissions of any Hino truck in Australia.
Derived from the larger A09 six-cylinder engine fitted to the Hino’s 700 Series heavy duty models in Japan as well as the medium and heavy duty 500 Series Wide Cab models here in Australia, the new A05 has three power ratings, depending on the model selected. FC 1124 & FD 1124 models are fitted with the A05-TE engine, which delivers 240hp (177kW) at 2300rpm and 794Nm of torque at 1400rpm.
FE 1424 crew models receive the A05-TD also with 240hp (177kW) at 2300rpm, but torque is increased to 833Nm at 1400rpm, while the range-topping FD 1126 & FE 1426 models receive the A05C-TC, which offers peak power of 260hp (191kW) at 2300rpm and a class-leading torque rating of 882Nm at 1400rpm. A true engine brake, aka Jake brake, is fitted, with an expanded choice of transmission options now available, too.
A six-speed Allison 2500 Series automatic is offered across the 500 Series Standard Cab range, with the existing LX06 and new MX06 six-speed manual gearboxes fitted to FC & FD 1124 and FD 1126 models respectively. FE 1426 models are equipped with the new MX07 seven-speed manual, which offers an additional gear and wider ratio spread than its Japanese rivals.
FD and FE customers can also option a Hino Automated Manual Transmission, in the MX06 six and MX07 seven speed, respectively. A Selective Catalytic Reduction system and Diesel Particulate Reduction system ensures the new Hino 500 Series meets emissions standards equivalent to Euro 6 – a standard not expected to be introduced in Australia for several years.
The new 500 Series Standard Cab range of FC, FD and FE models cover 54 different vehicle specifications, with the FC model now joining the FD at 11,000kg GVM, providing a significant increase in payload, while FE models continue to be offered with GVMs of 12,000kg and 14,000kg.
Within the range, a Short Cab (FC), a Rest Cab with ADR42 sleeper compliance (FD & FE) and a Crew Cab (FD & FE) are also available. The FE Crew Cab is new and the only Japanese 14,000kg 4x2 Crew Cab in the medium duty market. The FC factory tipper model remains, now with GVM increased to a class-leading 11,000kg.
New Inside and Out
In line with all the other changes, the new 500 Series Standard Cab features an all-new interior, too, with an ergonomically-designed dash layout, a smart Multimedia touch screen system, all-new instrumentation and a larger LCD Multi-Information Display.
Another first for medium duty Japanese-built trucks in the local market is the multi-function steering wheel. A rotary switch on the left of this wheel provides fingertip control of the Multi-Information Display, with the right hand rotary switch controlling settings for the Adaptive Cruise Control. Automated manual transmission models now feature a new rotary gear selector on the dash that toggles between Drive, Neutral & Reverse, but gear selection can also be controlled manually.
Available for the first time in a Japanese truck is the ISRI NTS2 driver’s seat, which is the newest version of ISRI`s popular 6860 / 870 drivers suspension seat. A new exterior treatment is defined by a two-bar grille with an enlarged Hino badge, while headlamps with integrated indicators are set in the bumper. FD and FE models receive LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and fog lamps.
The Hino 500 Series Standard Cab is available at Hino dealerships nationwide. For further details, go to: hino.com.au