Jan 4, 2019: The AMW 2516 HL has been up in the market for quite some time now and has had a mixed journey to date. However, back in 2015, the heavy-duty truck did suffer a downslide even though other truck manufacturers encashed on the growing demands.
This vehicle has a 5.9-litre 6-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that can make 152 bhp of power at 2,500 rpm along with a peak torque of 590 Nm at just 1,500 rpm. However, it has a gradeability of just 22%, which is lower than some of its siblings and competitors. Yes, the high payload capacity of 18,700 kilograms makes it a lot desirable.
It is shorter in length than the bigger 2518 HL but has a longer wheelbase. Moreover, it also has a tonne of extra payload capacity than its big brother. However, it lacks in other features like a tiltable cabin and airconditioning.
Diesel 152.8bhp @ 2500rpm,590Nm @ 1500rpm,Manual
AMW (Asia Motor Works) has many trucks designed specifically for the uneven Indian roads and 2516 HL COWL is one good example of it. The truck is known to offer the flexibility to be used as the transporter wishes to have it.
With AMW’s new heavy duty COWL, 2516 has full width flat floor to enhance spacing and sheet metal parts to reduce the repair cost. With robust and reliable frame providing the needed safety, its more than 23 feet long load body easily carries the weight up to 25,000 kg. The performance is also on the brighter side with the famous Cummins 5.9 Litre engine. Application wise, it could be used in carrying anything from general goods to construction material, manufactured machine parts to raw material and more.
Engine: 6 BTA 5.9 Litre Turbocharged Aftercooled 6-Cylinder In-line Diesel
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): 25,000 kg
Turning Radius & Wheelbase: 9,250 mm & 5,020 mm
Power Steering: Yes
Engine and Performance
AMW 2516 HL is powered by Cummins 6 BTA 5.9 Litre 5,883 cc Turbocharged Aftercooled 6-Cylinder In-Line diesel power house, that could generated maximum power of 155 hp @ 2500 rpm and a peak torque of 590 Nm @ 1500 rpm. This much power and torque is more than enough to take this truck swiftly on any road with its full load capacity.
Coming to the performance, it could hit the top speed of 77 km/h and gradeability of 22% while coupled with Single Dry Plate Coil Type 380 mm diameter clutch with Servo Operating System and the best durable 6-speed Synchromesh gearbox having single rod gear shift for the ease of purpose.
Vehicle Built and Load Capacity
2516 HL is overall 9,140 mm long and 2,450 mm wide with decent ground clearance of 280 mm. This much long truck is, however, a bit hard to move around, but with decent wheelbase and turning radius of 9,250 mm & 5,020 mm respectively, take the load off.
The load body length of 23.3 feet (7,101 mm) could take up the weight up to 25,000 kg including kerb weight of 6,300 kg and hence offering payload capacity of 18,700 kg. Well, it surely is a lot of space to transport any kind of stuff. Also, its 400 Litre fuel tank capacity makes it suitable for long trips across the country.
Handling and Suspension
The Integral Power Steering with fixed steering wheel of diameter 470 mm and Double UJ allow driver to handle the truck well on roads and its Forged I Beam Reverse Elliot Type front axle with Full Floating rear axle with Hypoid Bevel Gears forward rear axle take some load too.
It’s important to equip a truck with good machinery with great suspension. Therefore, the truck comes with Semi Elliptical Leaf Spring front suspension with Heavy Duty Double Acting Hydraulic Shock Absorbers and Semi Elliptical Leaf Springs rear suspension with Bell Crank Springs to ensure a bump-free drive.
Braking and Safety
It is true that Indian roads are less safe to drive compared to many other countries. So it’s necessary to put effective braking system and high strength material to avoid the mishaps. AMW 2516 HL has Dual Circuit Full Air service brakes, Spring Actuated rear wheel parking brakes and Butterfly Type engine exhaust brake – good enough to stop the truck even at top speed. This becomes even better with its 10 R 20 -16 PR front & rear tyres providing the necessary grip.
The High Strength HSLA Steel Ladder Type Bolted Cross Member frame with 4 mm thick inner channel section and reinforced side member with dimension (L x B x H) 256 x 75 x 7 mm decrease the injury chances significantly during an accident.
Design and Comfort
AMW 2516 HL has Four Post COWL structure which allows transporters to have the different workability options as per their need and requirements. As far as the cabin design is concerned, it could be used to build day or sleeper cabin depending again on the choice. Apart from these features, 2516 HL actually lags behind in offering other amenities like Driver Information Display, Telemetics, Arm Rest, Sound System and Navigation. However, it does have standard seats, which can be counted as regular feature, but nothing extra.
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