Renault Launches New Version of its T Range Heavy-Truck
Published On Mar 18, 2016
Renault has launched an updated version of its T-range of heavy duty trucks. Originally launched in 2013, these models have been received well by the industry. The trucks' robotised Optidriver transmission and strong aerodynamic quality helps boost the ride quality and mileage. Meanwhile, the straight-six engine blends this with good drive power and muscle. The models had bagged the 'International truck of the year' award in the IAA motorshow, held in Germany.
The company is now releasing an upgraded version of the models that are claimed to have a higher efficiency. Tweaks to the inner dynamics help relieve strains for the model during long haulage journeys. Along with this, the model has been imbibed with design elements that the manufacturer uncovered in a test experiment.
The truck also has an all new under-bumper spoiler and a light-roof deflector, helping to strengthen its aerodynamic stability. “This spoiler can better direct the flow of air passing beneath the truck and considerably reduce aerodynamic disturbance, a potential source of increased consumption,” explains Mike Stringer, senior sales engineer for Renault. He adds, “Furthermore, the new Range T introduces a new, lighter roof deflector without any metal framework, enabling the truck to penetrate the air more easily.” The company believes that all of these measures together would help to cut fuel consumption by nearly two percent.
Along with this, several tweaks have been made to the chassis, helping to lighten the load. A redesigned drive axle and an enhanced air suspension arrangement together relieve a great deal of weight from the machine. This yields a higher payload, which Stringer cites, could increase by as much as 114 kg.
A stand-out feature of the new model is the new Optivision system, which works to augment the overall drive stability. Unlike a regular cruise control system, this facility has the ability to record and store routes taken by all Optivision-armed trucks. With this massive pre-informative database, the system helps to reduce fuel consumption when embarking on a route already tested by another model. This eases much pressure for the driver and greatly boosts the fuel economy.