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Scania expands the 4-series

L, D, C and G: four truck classes for unbeatable operational economy in all transport segments

Scania's 4-series trucks cover all types of heavy transport requirement - from urban and regional distribution to heavy construction operations and demanding long-haul duties. The idea is that the customer should be able to tailor the truck to suit its intended operation. The number of theoretical alternative specifications has increased from about 800 million to almost 1.8 billion. Dividing the 4-series into different classes, however, makes it easy for the customer to choose the right specification.

The Scania 4-series is characterised by high comfort, safety and quality. Transport economy and environmental suitability are unbeatable and the model range is the largest on the market. 4-series trucks are easy to bodywork and modify to suit individual needs. They are backed by professional, fully comprehensive after sales service support. All this together helps ensure excellent resale value and

Division into classes is based on the type of operation and driving conditions rather than just technical power as with the 3-series. There is a different class for each type of operation, designed and built for specific working conditions:


– optimised transportation covering long distances on normal roads

– high payload with gross weights up to 60 tonnes

– power range from 310 to 530 hp

– day cabs or sleeper cabs in a variety of sizes

– three frame heights for optimum load capacity (by weight or volume): normal, low, extra low

– example: international long-haulage

The L-class can be optimised for maximum fuel economy, cruising speed or load capacity. The powertrain and chassis are optimised for this type of operation, as is the maintenance need. Comfort is first class. A choice of chassis heights and load handling systems simplifies loading and unloading.


– short distances on normal roads

– maximum load capacity with gross weights up to 36 tonnes

– power range from 220 to 260 hp

– day cabs or low sleeper cabs

– two frame heights for optimum load capacity (usually bulk): normal and low

– examples: urban and regional distribution

D-class trucks feature low maintenance costs and good fuel economy. Durability and operating reliability are excellent since the powertrain, chassis and cab are more sturdily dimensioned than usual in this category, at the same time as quality and comfort are given top priority. The cargo volume is large and the truck is available with a choice of load handling systems.


– demanding operations over short distances on poor or non-existent roads

– high ground clearance and excellent off-road mobility with gross weights of up to 150 tonnes

– power range from 260 to 530 hp

– day cabs or sleeper cabs in a choice of low or high version

– two frame heights for best off-road mobility: normal and high

– examples: construction duties, heavy special transport operations

C-class trucks offer a long service life and first-rate reliability since powertrain, chassis and cab are sturdily dimensioned. With a choice of strength classes for the load-carrying components, the truck can be optimised for either maximum permissible technical weight or maximum legal weight for operation on public roads.

There is generous ground clearance below the chassis, axles and other components. The transmission can be optimised to offer the best possible off-road performance. C-class trucks offer high levels of comfort, and the engine and transmission are matched for good driveability and fuel consumption. The frames are designed to suit the requirements of major European bodybuilders.


– demanding transport duties, from short-distance to long-haul operations on poor roads

– high load capacity with gross weights up to 150 tonnes

– power range from 220 to 530 hp

– day cabs or a full range of sleeper cabs

– wide choice of wheel and axle configurations

– normal-height frame

– examples: heavy long-haul operations, forestry applications

In order to endure tough operating conditions on poor roads, the G-class has a robust structure and a high technical load capacity. The powertrain, chassis and cab are very sturdy. G-class trucks can be optimised for either good fuel economy or high cruising speed. Maintenance costs are low and comfort levels are first class. The G-class replaces the L-class for long-distance duties on very poor roads. Some G-class models are used for construction duties, together with C-class versions, for example as tag-axle trucks on the Scandinavian markets. The G-class also offers universal models for special bodies and unusual operating conditions.