New Hino 300 Series promises cleaner, class leading power

The new 2020 Hino 300 Series range of light-duty trucks launched this week offer torque, efficiency and power according to the Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Moving its launch event online, Hino gave a special presentation detailing the launch of the new range which included upgrades of its hybrid electric-diesel truck, new active safety systems and a new look grill.

With improved towing capabilities, the Hino 300 Series range starts with the N04C inline four-cylinder engine with high pressure common-rail fuel injection and a variable nozzle turbocharger.

In addition to several improvements, Hino confirmed the NO4C now features a new fuel and engine control system, improved filtration and air intake, a multi-V drive belt, new cooling fan and redesigned piston crowns.

Rated at 150 horsepower with 320Nm of torque, it comes with a six-speed double overdrive automatic transmission in the 616, 716 and 816 Wide Cab models. There's a five-speed manual transmission for 616 Standard Cab customers.

According to Hino Australia Product Strategy Manager Daniel Petrovski, the Wide Cab 617, 717 and 917 models are equipped with the N04C-WM engine, which produces 165hp and 464Nm of torque when matched to a six-speed overdrive manual transmission.

“Australia’s most powerful Japanese-built light-duty truck range has been expanded with the addition of the new 721 model,” said Mr Petrovski.

“The 721 and the 921 Wide Cab models feature the A465HD automatic transmission and the J05E-UJ five litre engine – at 205hp and 600Nm of torque, these are the most powerful and highest torque engines in their class,” he said.

Single Cab 721 models are available with a wheelbase of either 3,500mm or 3,800mm, while the Crew Cab 721 is configured with a 4,400mm wheelbase.

The 920 models are equipped with the J05E-UH engine, which produces 189hp and 510Nm of torque when mated to a six-speed overdrive manual transmission.

“Both the four litre N04C and five litre J05E engines meet the Euro 5 and Enhanced Environmentally-Friendly Vehicle (EEV) emissions standards through a combination of cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and the ever-reliable Hino Diesel Particulate Active Reduction Filter (DPR) system.”

Both the 721 and 921 models now offer the option of manual sequential shifting, with a manual gear selection button now found on the gear stick of the automatic transmission.

The four litre and five litre common-rail turbo-diesel engines are complemented by the option of the Hino Hybrid electric-diesel models.

Hino confirmed it had improved its hybrid models by updating its hybrid system, adding new operational software as well as a new battery and inverter technology plus a new six-speed automated transmission.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer said the updated hybrid system included changes to hardware that aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

The battery itself has been reduced in size but retains its 6.5 Amp Hour (AH) rating.

The Power Control Unit (PCU), which encompasses the battery, inverter, Engine Control Unit (ECU) and DC-DC Converter, has been redesigned for lighter weight and smaller packaging, resulting in a PCU weight of 85kg, down from 113kg.

“The Hino Hybrid retains its parallel electric diesel design and continues to use the Toyota Group-sourced nickel metal hydride battery, which is used in over 15 million hybrid vehicles worldwide,” said Mr Petrovski.

“The engine and transmission have been improved with the aim of further fuel consumption reductions.

“The efficiency of the Hino Hybrid has further improved – it is Australia’s only light-duty hybrid electric-diesel truck that meets Euro 6 emission standards,” he said.

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