Hino Trucks became the first new entry into the North American Class 8 market in decades. The Hino XL7 and XL8 models are powered by Hino's time-proven and Dakar race proven A09 turbo diesel 8.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine which boasts a B10 life of 1,000,000 miles.
"Considering our remarkable success in Class 4 to 7 in North America, and our growing presence in the Class 8 market, entering the North American heavy-duty segment makes for the next logical step," says Yoshinori Noguchi, president and CEO of Hino Trucks North America.
The Hino XL Series will be offered in a host of straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs. with a max performance of 360 hp and 1,150 lb.-ft. torque. Available wheel base selections of up to 304 in. and tandem axle and fifth wheel configurations make this a versatile truck for many vocational applications.
The lineup features new active safety solutions with electronic stability control (standard on the tractors) and collision mitigation systems, innovative payload management suspension options and body-friendly optimized design that was also engineered for ease of serviceability.
Air-ride cab and driver's seat, hands-free Bluetooth audio/calling, steering wheel controls, LED headlights, cruise control and air conditioning are a few of the features that will be standard on every 2020 model year Hino XL7 and XL8. In addition owners will benefit from HinoWatch 24/7 roadside assistance, HinoCare maintenance programs and Hino Insight Telematics.
Production of the Hino XL7 and XL8 will start early in 2019. The lineup will be assembled in Mineral Wells, West Virginia.