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Scania enhances R-series inside and out

Style, ambience and performance are all improved on the 2010 Scania R-series, the advanced, premium long-distance hauler.

Five years on from launch and with more than 200,000 vehicles delivered to markets across the globe, the top-of-the-line Scania R-series has been given a makeover from top to bottom and from inside out.

Already the judges are applauding, with the R-series voted International Truck of the Year 2010 by a panel of eminent critics.

Ease of entry and exit, as well as the ergonomically satisfying driver ‘station’, all add up to a successful and highly desirable package.

The Scania R-series is already admired for its driving performance, especially in V8 guise. It has excellent performance with serene torque and dynamic engine response; secure, agile handling, impressive low noise and vibration characteristics, and the renowned Scania Retarder and Scania Opticruise.

But to maintain Scania’s forward sales thrust, the R-series, the most popular model within the company’s portfolio, must continue to be recognised as the best driver workplace on the market.

The improvements for 2010 serve to boost productivity and efficiency as well as add visual impact. These make it easy to identify the new R-series from the outside and make it even more recognisable on the road. The new, more dynamic look enhances its visual strength as well as improving aerodynamics, a win-win for form and function.

Drivers already rate the Scania R-series very highly for comfort and ergonomics and the ease of the driver/switchgear interface. Scania’s driver ‘station’ is renowned for being the driver’s choice across Europe, and increasingly in Australia, and is the benchmark in this segment.

So all the changes to the interior serve to increase the feeling of harmony and cohesiveness of design, by using higher quality materials for a more premium feel, and offering additional features and more options for personalisation.

Key additions include more storage space and additional functionality and safety; such as newly enhanced steering wheel-mounted controls.

An example of the improved storage solution is placing cup holders closer to the driver, and an improved, easier to set-up bed option (now expandable from 790mm to 900mm wide). The cab is also trimmed in more luxurious materials.

All new Scania R-series models comply with Euro 5 emission standards, a full year ahead of the due date for implementation on the Australian market.

The V8-powered Scania R-series trucks now come with the luxurious and spacious Highline Cab as standard. The six-cylinder engine is also available, for example in 480hp output and teamed with the Highline Cab as an option, or with the twin-bunk Sleeper Cab as standard.

Sharper exterior

Visually, the 2010 Scania R-series makes a bolder, more impressive statement.

The wider more angular radiator grilles serve to force more air into the engine compartment to enhance cooling capacity as well as manage the airflow around and through the engine bay more effectively.

So, not only does the new Scania R-series look cool, it acts cool too.

Aerodynamics are also improved thanks to the overall refinement and sharper style of the frontal design which comprises more pronounced horizontal lines and a new vertical theme beginning at the window line and sculpted recess on the side, and running all the way to the bumper. This accentuates the flowing style and reinforces the Scania identity, which is also boosted by a bigger Scania logotype under the windscreen.

The new grille, with more distinct horizontal bars, is finished in a new colour, Brilliant Silver, and better contrasts with the bodywork colour scheme.

The new bumper design blends into the strength of the frontal styling.

Optional Xenon headlamps (complete with power washers) light up the road, while standard LED daytime running lights on V8 models are integrated in the design.  The LED lamps are available as an option on non-V8 models.

All models feature front underrun protection hidden behind the lower bumper valance.

Sleeker interior

The interior offers a high-quality ambience with a premium, car-like appeal for the new dashboard layout (standard in Highline Cabs), as well as the new lower bunk, that can now be quickly and simply expanded to 900mm in width, comfortably accommodating Australian drivers. The bed is the widest available as standard from European truck makers.

Much of the new detailing has been inspired by customer feedback from global markets.

One of the most notable improvements is the use of upgraded materials that add a new level of quality. There are many options available to personalise the interior, underlining the appeal of the R-series to owner-drivers.

The Scania R-series driver ‘station’ – considered by many drivers to be an industry benchmark – has been extensively modified and upgraded to further enhance safety, comfort, storage, convenience and driver appeal.

The dashboard features new styling and new materials that improve its look and feel. The styling and choice of colours reflect the different functional areas in the cab: the workplace, the resting area and the sleeping quarters, all tied together by a coherent, customisable colour scheme.

The standard colour scheme for Australian specification dashboards in the

R-series Highline Cab featuring the new dash, are a black dashtop and grey mid and lower sections, bisected, across the full width of the cab by a smart, dark chrome strip (or wood and dark chrome as an option).

A long list of factory options enables the working environment and living space to be customised. An example is adding a dark brown dashtop and sand-beige lower kick panels.

The door insert panels can be optioned with an embossed Scania Griffin and are available in a choice of colours. Textile floor mats can be colour coded to the interior and replace rubber mats previously available.

Ergonomics and the storage facilities around the driver have been further improved to accommodate all the items needed while driving.

The optional foldout table is a new design and offers twice as much space as before. The popular fridge continues as standard specification. Total food storage capacity is 16-litres. The Scania R-series is the only truck to offer a freezer compartment as standard.

Rest easy on the new, larger bed

Scania is introducing a new bed with exceptional comfort, featuring a 155mm thick pocket-spring mattress that is expandable from 730mm to 900mm wide. The bed is 2,040mm long, or 2,240mm long with the additional fill in cushions added at each end.

Sleeping comfort can easily be tailored to individual drivers, without encroaching on the highly adjustable driver ‘station’.

Adjusting the width of the bed is simple. The driver just lifts a handle on the bed base and pulls the nose section of the mattress towards the front of the cab. This may be done even with the driver seated on the bed. The front seats can be pushed forward via a release pedal easily reached while sitting on the bed.

New interior features at a glance

• High-quality materials, upholstery, mats and curtains.

• New soft-touch dashboard that is robust and easy to clean (Highline std, option others).

• Revised dashboard modules with numerous locations for additional switches and storage bins.

Modified dashboard for Highline (optional for other Cabs)

• New central storage console featuring a large upper tray with lighting, an anti-slip mat and closed storage for small items like pens.

• Large storage drawer for A4 binder.

• Four cup holders and movable ashtray.

• Fold-out table for eating and working on the passenger side, fitted with anti-slip lip and concealed when not in use (optional).

• New steering wheel buttons for increased safety and functionality.

• Wooden and/or brown leather steering wheel (optional).

• Dark chrome dashboard trim strip (wood trim optional).

• Cruise control and downhill speed control buttons on lower section of steering wheel boss.

• Audio controls on LH steering wheel spoke, trip computer on RH spoke.

• Door storage bins, each with two big bottle holders, optionally with leather armrest and leatherette door panel with embossed Scania Griffin.

• Bedside storage behind doors.

• Storage bins above doors, easily reached from the upper bed (Highline).

• New upper bed with improved 600mm mattress on Highline.

• New-style remote control for central locking, including lights check, approach light, panic alarm, warning light and better graphics (optional). The lights check feature is unique to Scania and it makes it easy for the driver to single-handed check the lights without having to climb into the truck.

• Hooks for litterbags behind doors.

• Sun-visor blind on driver’s door.

Scania is introducing a new 1-DIN FM-radio with CD/MP3 compatibility, an Aux-in connector on the dashboard, and for customers optioning the top of the range Colour Plus dashboard, the radio station name is also displayed in front of the driver. In addition to Digital Signal Processing for enhanced sound, the audio system also has speed-adaptable volume and steering wheel controls with new functionality, which mean the driver does not need to take his eyes off the road to make a selection or increase/decrease the volume.

The R-series also benefits from technological changes, including the introduction of Scania Driver Support, an efficiency aid for drivers.

Deliveries of the new Scania R-series commence in the first quarter of 2010.