LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Volvo Trucks has unveiled a powerful option for North American extreme gross weight applications with the launch of the Volvo VNX.
The VNX is powered by Volvo’s newly introduced D16 engine with 600 horsepower, 2,050 lb.- ft. torque and Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission. Volvo showed the VNX at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show with demonstrator models available this summer and order taking starting this fall.
Developed for applications up to 225,000 pounds, the Volvo VNX is aimed at long combination vehicles, heavy equipment hauling, aggregate, low-boy, logging, oil field and mining operations.
The VNX is available with 385 wide- base, 425 and 445 tires to match front axle load capacity. Available rear axles range from 46,000 to 52,000 pounds in regular, dual-track and wide-track tandem configurations are available. Dual steering gears and a 20,000-pound steerable pusher axle are also available as options.
The VNX also provides an increased ride height to accomodate more articulation and front ramp angle. A signature feature of the VNX is its metallic, honeycomb- patterned grille and brightfinish steel bumper with center tow pin. A brightfinish steel moose bumper with center tow pin is also available.
The VNX utilizes Volvo’s full-size daycab equipped with Volvo’s ergonomic dash, storage room and contemporary styling and trim levels, ranging from vinyl for rugged applications to premium leather.
Safety features include the sloped hood and large windshield for visibility, standard driver’s side airbag and cab constructed with High-Strength Steel. Also standard is Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology, a full electronic stability program that assists the driver in maintaining control during emergency maneuvers and braking events, dramatically reducing the likelihood of a rollover or jackknife.
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