Volvo Trucks opens orders for revamped heavy-duty range

A new revamped Volvo FH prime mover.

Volvo Trucks Australia has announced sales start for the revamped heavy duty range this week.

The new Euro 6 lineup arrives with a raft of new features as well as the powerful new D17 engine with a new range of horsepower ratings stretching from 600hp to 780hp.

With a focus on efficiency and driver appeal, the updated FH16 sees a significant jump in torque according to Volvo.

The 600hp variant now offers 3000Nm of torque, while the 700hp offers 3400Nm. Meanwhile the range-topping 780hp option delivers an impressive 3800Nm making the flagship FH the most powerful Volvo yet.

Aerodynamic and styling updates have also been added across the range, from FM and FMX to FH including all electric models.

Inside, the range has received styling updates, revised USB ports, a new touchscreen side display and an improved audio system.

The incoming 17.3-litre, Euro 6 powerplant shares the same basic architecture as the 16-litre engine it replaces with the extra capacity resulting from an increase in cylinder bore.

In pursuit of efficiency and cleaner operation, the engine also features a new fuel injection system, low friction cylinder liners as well as wave top pistons to ensure optimised combustion.

Unsurprisingly the engine makes the most of its prodigious power output at relatively low rpm, with a low flat torque curve stretching from 1000 to 1200rpm.

The new powerplant meets Euro 6 emissions standards utilising a combination of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).

Forced induction duties are taken care of by a new Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT).

All power ratings are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) compatible.

The Volvo range update also introduces the option of an air-suspended front axle across the range, including 8×4 configurations for both prime movers and rigid vehicles.

“This latest evolution of the Volvo heavy duty range takes our offering to the next level,” said Tom Chapman, Vice President, Volvo trucks Australia.

“Our Australian made Euro 6 line up has been delivering class leading efficiency, performance and uptime to Australian transport operators since 2020,” he said.

“Now our hard working 11-litre, our I-Save 500 and our trusted 13-litre 540 are joined by the new D17 engine which I have no doubt will continue to deliver on the legacy created by the rest of the Volvo drivetrain family.”

Chapman said the drivetrains help complement Volvo’s journey to fossil-free transport solutions, not only in terms of fuel efficiency, but also in terms of their ability to utilise a variety of alternate fuel options.

“However, the performance of the D17 engine in the new FH16 will guarantee to impress the person behind the wheel,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that the power and torque on hand from this drivetrain will win fans on Australian highways.”

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