Volvo shows off its New VNX heavy-haul tractor
Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) of Dublin, Va., has introduced a rebooted version of its VNX heavy-haul tractor model, available in one day cab and two sleeper configurations with Cummins and its own Volvo-branded power-trains as options, the company said recently.
“The revitalization of our new VNX model shows we’re capable of handling heavy haul to support customers operating forestry and logging, heavy tanker operations, heavy flatbed and lowboy applications, and B-Trains,” said Chris Stadler, VTNA’s product marketing manager for regional haul. “Heavy haul is not a very big market but it is a very specialized market — there is no typical application or operation in heavy haul. There are different dilemmas and limitations to deal with. So our purpose with the new VNX is to bring more value to this market; to bring VNL features into the VNX and give customers more value than what they expect.’’
What the new Volvo VNX heavy-haul tractor brings
The revitalized tractor is available in three cab configurations: the VNX 300 day cab; the VNX 400 flat-roof regional sleeper, with a 42-inch sleeper berth; and the VNX 740 with a 70-inch sleeper. Approved gross combination weight ratings (GCWR) range from 125,000 to 160,000 pounds, with ratings of up to 225,000 pounds available with application approval and appropriate components.
The standard power-train package for the retooled VNX is a Volvo D13 engine with 500 horsepower and 1,850 pound-feet of torque, paired with the 13 or 14-speed Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission (AMT) with crawler gears. The tractor can also be specified with the Cummins X15 Performance Series engines, with ratings of up to 605 horsepower and 2,050 pound-feet of torque, paired with either an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus AMT or Eaton manual gearbox, according to the company.
Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology comes standard
The VNX comes standard with the Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) electronic stability control system as well as automotive-quality LED headlights, with automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers available as options, Volvo said.
“The new VNX is a heavy-haul work tool for demanding jobs, and it gives professional drivers a comfortable working environment for performing at their best,” Sadler explained. “The workspace was designed for maximum comfort and productivity, while the sleeper was designed to offer drivers a calm, restful space for their hours off the road.’’
The dashboard on the VNX has been redone in the VNL style 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, Volvo said. A configurable, five-inch color driver information display with improved graphics works with steering wheel-mounted controls providing key operating information.
VTNA noted that the retooled VNX goes into production this May.