After announced new trucks designed specifically for long-haul trucking and construction purposes, Scania recently introduced its new line of city-based trucks. These new trucks are designed for use in urban environments and with an emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. The trucks mostly fit into the L-Series, P-Series, and CrewCab lines of urban vehicles. They are designed to be the workhorses for utilities companies, movers and delivery businesses, firefighters, and more.
P-Series & L-Series
Digging into what makes these models new and different from past iterations starts with the all-new 7-liter engine, which gives you the same performance you’d expect from a Scania truck but with potential fuel savings up to 10 percent. Then, when you explore a little further, the P-Series, for example, has a more compact cab, which ultimately leads to its having a lower engine tunnel. So, even though it may be slightly smaller than before, Scania engineers have designed it so that there’s actually more room in the cab for increased driver comfort.
The L-Series is designed for making local deliveries or for regional hauling as well as for maintenance, waste collection, and more. One of the key changes with this particular model is that it has a kneeling mode built-in, as well as boarding steps placed lower on either side of the cab, which makes it easier for delivery drivers to get in and out on their routes. It also gives drivers the ability to exit either on the driver side or the passenger side, so that regardless of how you’re parked, you can get out while avoiding traffic.
The new Scania CrewCab, which is mostly for use in firefighting, puts all of its emphasis on giving drivers and passengers everything they need to respond quickly in emergency situations. That means that in addition to offering better overall comfort and ergonomics (with room for up to eight passengers), it is also designed for safety, which includes the option for four roll-over side-curtain airbags. That focus on safety also extends to pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else out on the road. These new trucks have City Safe Windows that give drivers a better overall view of their surroundings, which gives drivers a little extra help in avoiding potential accidents.
Within the announcement of these new vehicles, Scania also pointed out some other breakthroughs the company has made in the areas of sustainability and predictive maintenance. On the fuel side, the company recently introduced a new six-cylinder, 13-liter gas engine meant for long-haul and regional trucking, but the company also offers a 9-liter option as well. Some of these engines support renewable fuels, with a few examples being ethanol and biodiesel, among others.
With the new L-Series, P-Series, and CrewCab models that rely on constant uptime to stay in the game, Scania is doubling down on its effort to make sure maintenance doesn’t interrupt operations. As part of this, Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans is going to be offered on gas engine trucks now. This means that the truck itself will be monitored on a consistent basis and then brought in for maintenance when it makes the most sense rather than at the moment something breaks. This decreases downtime and keeps your fleet on the road.