Oct 3, 2019: If the discussion is going on regarding the popular heavy-duty trucks in India, the name of the Volvo FM 420 Euro- 4 6x4 will surely be taken. It comes with a Customizable body along with a sleeper cabin on the chassis. It has a GVW of 25,000 Kg in which the payload capacity of 16,580 Kg is present.
Under the hood, there is a 12.8-litre Volvo D13A, DI Turbocharged Intercooled engine, with Engine Management System (EMS). It can make a maximum power of 420 bhp which comes at 1400-1800 rpm, while the peak torque is 2100 Nm at 1050-1400 rpm. It is the 12-speed manual transmission that sends the power to the wheels.
Inside the cabin, there is a cruise control, driver information display, adjustable driver seat, telematics, arm-rest, tiltable steering, AC, etc.
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Volvo FM truck series offers one of the best trucks in India for a drive which is not only powerful, but comfortable and smooth as well. One of the trucks which is being bought by many from this series is Volvo FM 420 Euro 4 6x4 and just differs in power from the rest of the trucks in series only. There are many features available on this truck like I-Shift gearbox software for fuel saving and intelligent drive, lower cabin height for sensitive areas, well-designed instrument cluster with drive in focus, better working steering wheel and much more.
It has been powered by the company's usual 13 Litre 6-Cylinder diesel engine and produces 420 hp power @ 1400-1800 rpm and torque of 2100 Nm @ 1050-1400 rpm. Mated with 12-speed gearbox system, it is able to achieve the top speed of 95 km/h with impressive gradeability of 36%. With sleeper type tilt cabin, this truck provides enough room for the occupants that ensures a cozy drive.
The truck could also load up to 16580 kg with an unladen weight of 8420 kg and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 25000 kg. With an overall length of 10310 mm, the load body length is about 8321 mm, which I guess is good enough for taking smooth turns and for drive. The truck has also been equipped with Air Brakes, Parabolic S-shaped Leaf Geometry Front Suspension and Conventional Multi-Leaf Spring Heavy-Duty Bogie Suspension at rear. With the axle configuration of 6x4, it has a heavy-duty front axle and planetary hub reduction rear axle with 4 gears.
The cabin is also well-designed with lots of features in it including Volvo driver support systems, dynamic power steering, AC cabin, cruise control, adjustable driver seat, arm rest and many others. On the exteriors, the company has provided V-shape head lights, optional auxiliary lamps, daytime running lights, turn indicators, aerodynamic design and others.
Overall, the truck is a rendezvous of power, performance, luxury, safety and brand value of Volvo. There is nothing one could ask more from this Volvo FM 420 Euro 4 6x4 truck and the one who have bought it are definitely enjoying greater profits, fatigue free drives and low maintenance as well.
Engine and Performance
Volvo FM 420 has been powered by the company's most reliable engine which is D13A 13 Litre 12800cc 6-Cylinder turbocharged intercooled diesel engine. Meeting the Euro 4 emission standards, it has been equipped with an intelligent Engine Management System (EMS) alongside Electronically Regulated Fuel Injection with Unit Injectors. The powerhouse is good to churn out maximum power of 420 bhp @ 1400-1800 rpm with maximum torque of 2100 Nm @ 1050-1400 rpm.
Mated to a 12-speed semi-automatic gearbox transmission system and single plate dry clutch (430mm diameter), it could hit the top speed of 95 km/h with effective gradeability of 36%. Also, its more than enough fuel tank capacity of 415 Litres, makes it suitable for long drives too.
Load Carrying Capacity and Applications
This vehicle surely has high load carrying capacity with its overall length of 10310mm and load carrying length of 27.3 feet. Weighing 8420 kg without load, the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of this truck is about 25000 kg and that makes the load capacity around 16580 kg.
With this much capacity, this FM 420 truck could be very useful in carrying heavy machine parts, manufactured or raw material, construction material and general goods as well. However, the owner could use it in other purpose as well, depending on the nature of its business.
Braking, Suspension and Handling
Along with the primary air brakes with good quality tyres of dimension 12R20 at both front and rear side, the truck also has good parking brakes. There is an Antilock Braking System (ABS) available too, to prevent slipping and offer carefree and smooth driving.
As far as the suspension is concerned, it was necessary to provide better system so that the truck doesn't get many bumps with ground clearance of 306 mm, and Volvo has done that very effectively. There is Parabolic S-Shaped Leaf Geometry type suspension at front and Heavy-duty Conventional Multi-leaf springs bogie suspension at rear. The truck also has a heavy-duty front axle with Planetary Hub Reduction First Rear Axle with 4 gears and Second Rear Axle with Tandem Axle Drive with 6x4 axle configuration.
Coming to the steering, it is more often regarded as dynamic steering, which offers ease to drive and turn around with turning radius of 10300 mm. The steering offers stability at high speeds, better control at low speeds and smoother reverse drive as well.
Exteriors and Interiors
Volvo FM 420 6x4 is quite big with the exterior dimensions spanning 3000 mm high, 2490 mm wide and 10310 mm long with the wheelbase of 5585 mm. The company has also worked on headlights and the vehicle comes with improvised Main Beam, better Cornering Lights, V-shaped Head Light with Daytime Running Lights and Approach Light.
Inside the cabin, the instrument cluster has been designed by keeping the driver in focus and offers a good visibility. The features of instrument cluster include driver information display and secondary information display with all new design.
Comfort and Safety
In terms of comfort, the truck has been equipped with many options like reclining driver seats with adjustment of the driving seats, tiltable driving seats, arm-rests, sleeper cabin, AC cabin and cruise control with many informational systems.
For the safety purpose, Volvo is not known to take any chances and FM 420 6x4 is no exception. It has fog lights, strong cabin with best manufacturing material, seat belts, hill-hold feature, Antilock Braking System (ABS), parking brakes and others too, to make sure that occupants stay safe in all conditions.
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