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Renault completes Euro-6 line-up with D range

  • 02 December 2013
  • By David Wilcox

When Renault Trucks revealed its whole new range of trucks for Euro-6 in June, the D range of distribution trucks went no lower than 10-tonne GVW – leaving 7.5-tonners noticeably absent.

That was fixed at last week’s Solutrans truck show in Renault’s home city of Lyon, where the Euro-6 line-up was completed with the unveiling of D range models at 7.5-, 6.5-, 5.6- and 3.5-tonne GVW.

Specifications remain sketchy, but all use a 2m-wide cab – the rest of the D range has either 2.1m or 2.3m cabs – and have a 3-litre engine. The engine is rated at 180hp and 540Nm in the 7.5-tonner; it is 150hp in the other three. A manual six-speed gearbox is standard in all models, with an Optitronic six-speed automated box – presumably ZF’s AS-Tronic lite – as an option in the 7.5-tonner.

The new model is engineered in partnership with Nissan Motor, which will use its version as the successor to the Spanish-built Atleon.

Right-hand-drive versions are not scheduled to arrive in the UK until 2015, when they will compete in particular with Japanese compact models like Fuso’s Canter, Isuzu’s Forward N series and Hino’s 300 series. These accounted for 25% of all 7.5-tonners sold in the UK last year, so Renault Trucks believes that the time is ripe to make the switch from the heavier Midlum 7.5-tonner.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/renault-completes-euro-6-line-up-with-d-range