(VIDEO) Volvo Trucks takes a new approach to design with reimagined VNL
Watch the reveal as Volvo Trucks introduces the ground-up VNL redesign
Volvo Trucks North America has introduced a ground-up redesign of its VNL model that takes advantage of next-generation design, technology, and comfort features to meet the needs of North American truck owners.
A new approach to aerodynamic design and updates to the powertrain combine to give the Class 8 VNL up to 10 percent more fuel efficiency than the previous version. Available in day cab and multiple sleeper formats, the VNL will also provide a platform for future technologies, including battery-electric, fuel cell, and internal combustion engines running on renewable fuels.
"The all-new Volvo VNL was designed to change everything. However, change doesn't only come with a redesigned truck - this product introduction is the start of a new era for Volvo Trucks, our customers, and their drivers - a quantum leap forward," said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America.
New streamlining and an angular, wedge-shaped cab design, complete with a curved and bonded windshield, give the VNL dramatically reduced aerodynamic resistance. Under the hood, the latest generation D13 engine is the heart of the new truck, paired with the I-Shift transmission.
The D13 delivers improved fuel efficiency, performance, and durability. It is available in four horsepower ratings from 405 to 500 horsepower, and three torque ratings from 1,750 to 1,950 lb.-ft. The I-Shift transmission features up to 30 percent faster shift speeds.
A new 24-volt electrical architecture helps minimize battery and electrical failures and improve serviceability. A new linear exhaust aftertreatment system will be easier to service and deliver better DEF treatment for an even cleaner system.
Volvo has a target of zero accidents built into its truck design, which ensures that drivers are supported by passive and active features that improve safety in a range of situations. Active Driver Assist Plus with Pilot Assist provides active lane centering and is powered by Volvo Dynamic Steering, which improves maneuvering and stability at all road speeds. A new pedestrian detection feature alerts the driver if a pedestrian or bicyclist is in their path or blind spots and will activate automatic emergency braking for objects directly in the path of travel.
The all-in-one fleet management portal Volvo Connect houses digital services under one platform, including data insights, diagnostics, remote programming, fuel economy reports, safety reports, and location services. Using Volvo's MyTruck app allows drivers to stay in touch with their truck and see remaining fuel range, DEF levels, and coolant levels, while also receiving notifications about other potential issues that can then be easily managed.
For added convenience, Volvo Trucks has introduced packaging options for powertrain and safety, which it says is an industry first that simplifies and optimizes the configuration and ordering process. Three powertrain packages are available, along with several safety packages. Four exterior and interior trim levels are also available to match with six cab configurations.
"Progressive solutions are needed to help tackle the challenges of the transportation industry, including the need for increased productivity and efficiency while also reducing costs and emissions. Companies must prioritize driver retention and well-being with driver-friendly features and advanced technologies, providing an exceptional and safe driving experience that is key for fleets to attract and retain drivers," said Voorhoeve.