|Ashok Leyland 5200/COWL|
Diesel 160bhp @ 2400rpm,550Nm @ 1500-1700rpm,Manual
Being a top class player in Indian commercial vehicle market, Ashok Leyland knows the conditions and other circumstances a truck faces during the drive. To counter these condition, the company has built many trucks under various categories and its long hauls are the most famous ones.
With over 12 Multi Axle long hauls truck options available for buyers to purchase, the 3116 IL is suited best for mid-weight range and apart from offering decent load carrying capacity, the truck runs on low maintenance, has longer service intervals, suitable for many applications and offers best in class performance numbers. The body frame and chassis is too very rigid and durable which provides necessary safety and larger profit margins as well.
Engine - H Series 6-Cylinder In-Line 5.7 Litre Turbocharged Intercooled with FIP
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) - 31,000 kg
Wheelbase and Turning Radius - 5,200 mm and 11,500 mm
Power Steering - Yes
Engine and Performance
Generating 160 bhp power @ 2,400 rpm and 550 Nm torque @ 1,500 - 1,700 rpm, the truck’s H Series 6-Cylinder In-Line 5.7 Litre 5,660 cc Turbocharged Intercooled with FIP diesel engine performance better than most of the trucks in its class. The torque, however, is on a bit lower side, but enough to pull the vehicle on any road with full load.
While running at the top speed of 74.2 km/h, the highways are covered swiftly than imagined and its gradeability of 15% is the perfect match for steeps and hill roads. Making the overall process easier are 6-speed gear box and Single Plate Dry type 381 mm diameter clutch with Boosters.
Vehicle Built and Load Capacity
Talking about the vehicle built, it has 5,200 mm wheelbase and long turning radius of 11,500 mm. Because of the moderate wheelbase, it’s able to take sharper turns easily, which is most of the time a case on Indian roads. The longer turning radius are fit with overall length and width dimensions of 9,746 mm and 2,432 mm respectively.
With the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 31,000 kg, 3116 IL sits at 260 mm above the ground, which is good enough to counter all of the speed breakers and bumps on the road. The kerb weight of vehicle is 8,500 kg that makes the load capacity 22,500 kg, one of the highest rated in the class. Also, with the 330 Litre Fuel Tank, it can go on long journeys across the country without much fuss and the BSIII emission norms keep the environment on the safer side.
Handling and Suspension
As mentioned that Ashok Leyland knows the real time ground conditions in India well enough, it has provided a measure for less driver input and maximum output by offering power steering in 3116 IL. With this steering, the fatigue and tiredness is also stay at bay from drivers during long trips.
For smooth driving experience on rough roads, there are Semi Elliptical Laminated Multileaf springs fitted as front and rear suspension. Achieving further drive balance with load full to its capacity, 3116 IL has Heavy Duty Forged I Beam Reversed Elliot Type Twin Steerable front axle and a combination of Single Speed Hypoid Gear & Heavy Duty Tubular Dummy as first and second rear axle.
Braking and Safety
The pair of Air service brakes and separate parking brakes are able to buy enough time for driver to stop the truck at safe distance. Its wide enough tyres with dimensions of 10 x 20 - 16 PR at both front and rear offers needed grip and prevent truck from drifting on turns and sharp cuts.
Enhancing the safety further, Ashok Leyland has used lab tested high strength material for body frame and chassis. Rest of the parts have also been made up of good quality material and fitted tightly to remove any chances of getting detached.
Design and Comfort
The design part has always been the are of concern for Ashok Leyland trucks and 3116 IL also has nothing much describe about its aesthetic part. It just has the regular body with same old radiator grille and lights.
Inside too, there just are necessary equipment to use for driver along with standard seats and just enough space. However, with many competitors coming to the market with improved design and comfort, Ashok Leyland has too started working on these part and soon the truck are expected to get a makeover.
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