We must start with UD because it was their year with the launch of the new Quon. Mark Strambi, acting senior vice president for UD in Australasia, had the robes pulled off the Australian spec 4x2 model brought to the show, and customer interest was instantaneous.
Initial impressions are a significant improvement in cab comfort and onboard tech that includes standard disc brakes, vehicle proximity and impact prevention, driver fatigue alerts, lane departure, uneven load adjustment on the suspension, as well as improved lighting and visibility.
At its heart is the GH11 11-litre motor that, according to UD, exceeds Japan’s rigorous PNLT emissions regulations. The engine is matched to the new ESCOT-VI 12-speed AMT transmission.
The truck will come in 4x2 and 6x4 configurations initially, with Strambi ensuring New Zealand Trucking magazine that an 8x4 is on its way. Power ranges from 292kW (390hp) to 345kW (460hp); UD saying the latter would be suited to Aussie B-double operations in certain applications...with an 11-litre 460, that’s probably ‘certain’ in capitals.
The new QUON. First impressions
indicate a raising of the bar.