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Volvo Trucks Unveils VNX Series for Heavy-Haul Trucking Applications

March 14, 2018

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Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem, and 8x6 tridem configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it’s properly spec’d for the job. Photo: Volvo Trucks
Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem, and 8x6 tridem configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it’s properly spec’d for the job. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo has debuted its new VNX series, built specifically for the needs of heavy-haul trucking operations such as logging, heavy equipment transport, and long combination vehicles.

The new VNX series is the latest step in Volvo’s revitalization of its North American product range, complementing the new VNR series for regional haul and the new VNL series for long-haul operations, both introduced last year.

Available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque, the Volvo VNX series is available in three cab configurations. The VNX 300 daycab is designed for local heavy-haul applications. The VNX 400 flat-roof regional sleeper is built for occasional overnights. The new VNX 740 features a 70-inch sleeper and all of Volvo’s latest interior enhancements, designed for heavy hauls over long distances.

Approved gross combination weight ratings span from 125,000 to 160,000 pounds. Ratings of up to 225,000 pounds are available with application approval and appropriate components. Optional steer axles, lift axles, tridem drive axles, and longer fifth-wheel slides help meet a diverse range of weight distribution requirements.

“From end-to-end, every feature of the VNX is built to stand up to any heavy-haul job you throw at it,” said Chris Stadler, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager – regional haul. “Improvements are easy to see throughout the VNX, including the bumper, axles, suspensions, braking, powertrain, and more.”

Volvo VNX Offers Tough Specs for Heavy-Haul Applications

Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem, and 8x6 tridem configurations, the Volvo VNX offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it’s properly spec’d for the job. Front axle ratings range from 16,000 to 20,000 pounds with parabolic springs. The VNX is available with up to 445 tires to match front axle load capacity. Available rear axles range from 46,000 to 55,000 pounds, and the premium rear heavy-haul suspension ranges up to 52,000 pounds. Dual steering gears provide excellent maneuverability while under a heavy load. An increased ride height accommodates more articulation and front ramp angle, while the VNX bumper features a heavy-duty tow pin and center tow frame that equalizes forces to the chassis.

The standard powertrain package for the new Volvo VNX is a Volvo D13 engine with 500 hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with the 13- or 14-speed Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission.

Volvo’s new VNX series is also available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. of torque, provided by the Cummins X15 Performance Series engine and paired with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus or manual transmission.

The dashboard on the VNX has been optimized to reduce distraction by displaying the critical information a professional driver needs at a quick glance and by grouping frequently used controls within easy reach. Photo: Volvo Trucks
The dashboard on the VNX has been optimized to reduce distraction by displaying the critical information a professional driver needs at a quick glance and by grouping frequently used controls within easy reach. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Safety and Connectivity, Too

Like all Volvo models, the new VNX series cab is built with high-strength steel and exceeds both the Volvo Swedish Cab Safety Test and ECE R-29 rollover requirements. The standard driver’s side airbag is now joined by an integrated, seat-mounted rollover airbag on the driver’s side.

Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology, an electronic stability control system, is standard on all Volvo VNX models. By continually monitoring operating parameters, it detects imminent loss of control, jackknife, or rollover events. The system automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help the driver keep the truck on course

The Volvo VNX series is equipped with automotive-quality LED headlights that produce abundant bright light to improve visibility. Automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers are also available to improve safety.

Inside, the dashboard on the VNX has been optimized to reduce distraction by displaying the critical information a professional driver needs at a quick glance and by grouping frequently used controls within easy reach. A configurable, 5-inch color driver information display with improved graphics works with steering wheel-mounted controls providing key operating information, as well as the ability to choose your preferred diagnostic data.

A dash-top tray with multiple USB and 12V connections provides a convenient home for a driver’s many gadgets, which can also be linked to the optional in-dash infotainment system. Always in view, the instrument cluster’s clean, symmetrical layout and diffused, light-green backlighting makes it easy to read, reducing eyestrain and fatigue.

All Volvo VNX models come standard with Volvo’s factory-installed connectivity hardware for access to Remote Diagnostics, which provides proactive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes. The same hardware also allows customers to perform software and parameter updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps improve uptime and vehicle efficiency, while reducing downtime costs.

Comments

  1. 1. Bob Pheoni [ March 14, 2018 @ 10:12AM ]

    Whoever is operating the machine isn't smart running with his boom in the air that close to live powerlines. Just sayin.....

  2. 2. Phil Leopold [ March 14, 2018 @ 10:31AM ]

    I was one of the lucky ones to test drive this awesome truck earlier this week at the Volvo Customer Center Test Track in Dublin, VA. This truck will get the job done and in style. Volvo has once again listened to drivers and made some outstanding changes to the interior and with the addition of the Cummins X15 605 HP to their line up, wow!

  3. 3. Jack Cherington [ March 14, 2018 @ 02:56PM ]
  4. 4. Justin [ March 15, 2018 @ 03:53AM ]

    Very happy to see Volvo bring this model back into production!
    I have test driven,under Michigan loads,the previous version. This is a serious truck that has the beef where you need it.
    It is becoming ever more difficult to get a truck built for the severe heavy-haul market in Michigan due to limited truck models and options to make the truck fit your particular needs. Glad to see that Volvo gets it!

 

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