UD Quon evolves with key engine upgrades

Additional safety, better fuel efficiency and more power are some of the gains to be found in the latest evolution of the UD Quon.

A raft of engine upgrades and the addition of more active safety features are expected to bring even more performance, efficiency and value to Quon.

The 11-litre driveline sees power ratings up at the lower end of the scale with the 390hp rating now up to 400 and the 420hp variant upgraded to 430.

The 460hp variant remains, however torque is up across the range — 2250 Nm for the 460, and 2000Nm for the 400 and 430hp variants.

Improvements are aimed at minimising driveline drag, and as a result, achieve better fuel efficiency.

Improved piston and cylinder design, a new turbocharger, and lower offset, low drag hypoid drive axles have all combined to provide a significant reduction in fuel consumption.

The Euro VI emissions compliant 11-litre engine family now also benefits from the option of extended oil drain intervals to reduce workshop visits.

The 11-litre Quon range also features the class leading 12-speed ESCOT Automated Manual Transmission while 8-litre Quon variants have the choice of ESCOT or a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission.

One of the new active safety features added across the Quon 8-litre and 11-litre range include the new Stop & Driver Initiate Go function, that makes the vehicle safer and easier to drive by automatically controlling speed and reducing driver stress and fatigue.

Other improvements include a revised Traffic Eye Brake System and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) that triggers an alarm to alert drivers when they unintentionally leave the lane and UD Stability Control that automatically detects and adjusts engine output and braking to retain truck stability.

All Quon models will now also hit the road equipped with UD’s BSIS (Blind Spot Information System).

The BSIS radar system monitors the left-hand side of the truck and can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. A 2-stage warning system moves from a visual A-pillar warning light to an audio alarm and an alert on the instrument panel.

“This latest iteration of our best-selling vehicle proves that performance and driver comfort don’t have to compromise safety and efficiency,” said Lauren Pulitano, Vice President UD Trucks Australia.

Pulitano in a statement said the upgraded UD Quon helped set the company on the way towards its goal of zero accident and zero emissions in the future.

“The Quon already exceeds Euro VI emissions standards and now coupled with significant fuel efficiency gains these latest improvements are yet another step towards providing sustainable options for Australian transport operators,” she said.

“Many of our vehicles are operating in the urban environment for their entire working day, navigating city streets, laneways and construction sites right in the midst of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users,” said Pulitano.

“These latest safety advances help make our cities a safer place to be and the Quon our safest truck yet.”

The UD Quon is available in 4×2, 6×2, 6×4 and 8×4 configurations across a wide range of wheelbases to suit rigid and prime mover applications.

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