Built specifically for heavy-haul trucking operations, Volvo Trucks North America’s VNX series packs the power and performance needed for demanding applications such as heavy equipment transport and long combination vehicles. It is the latest step in a revitalization of the Volvo North American product range, complementing the new VNR and VNL series for regional and long haul operations, which were introduced in 2017.
“The new VNX is the ultimate blend of Volvo’s modern, aerodynamic design and pure purpose built performance,” said VTNA Product Marketing Manager – Regional Haul Chris Stadler. “From end-to-end, every feature is built to stand up to any heavy haul job you throw at it. Improvements are easy to see throughout the VNX including the bumper, axles, suspensions, braking and powertrain.”
Available in 6 x 4 of 8 x 4 tandem and 8 x 6 tridem configurations, the model offers a wide range of heavy-haul components to ensure it is properly spec’d. Front axle ratings range from 16,000 to 20,000 lb. 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 lb.; a premium rear heavy-haul suspension ranges up to 52,000 lb. Dual steering gears provide maneuverability while under a heavy load. The imposing VNX provides an increased ride height to accommodate more articulation and front ramp angle, while the bumper features a heavy-duty tow pin and center tow frame that equalize forces to the chassis.
The standard VNX powertrain package is a Volvo D13 engine with 500 hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. torque rating, paired with the 13- or 14-speed Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission. The series is also available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. torque rating, provided by the Cummins X15 Performance Series engine and paired with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus or manual transmission.
Like all Volvo models, the 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 industry’s only standard driver’s side airbag is now joined by an integrated, seat-mounted rollover airbag on the driver’s side.
Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST), an electronic stability control system, is standard on the VNX. By continually monitoring operating parameters, VEST detects imminent loss of control, jackknife or rollover events. It automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help the driver keep the truck on course.
The 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.
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-in. color driver information display with improved graphics works with steering wheel-mounted controls providing key operating information, as well as the ability to choose operator or manager’s preferred diagnostic data.
A dash-top tray with multiple USB and 12V connections provides a safe, convenient home for driver 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 VNX models come standard with 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
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