Scania has launched a brand new low-entry cab series to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz Econic and other improved direct vision cabs.
The Scania L-series is the latest model in a busy 18 months for the manufacturer which has seen the launch of the Scania S-series as well as revised R-series, P-series, G-series and new XT construction models.
Designed specifically to meet the increasing demand for safer urban trucks that meet the Direct Vision Standard, the L-series will be offered in distribution, waste and construction configurations. Available in low, standard and high roof heights, the L-series’s party trick is its ‘kneeling’ ability allowing a greatly reduced entry-height. Automatically activated by applying the handbrake, the floor height drops more than 10cm to give an 80cm floor height. The first step, just 44cm off the ground, is all that is required to gain access. L-series cabs still come with two steps but those with no kneeling abilities give a 93cm floor height – a reduction of more than 20cm compared to the previous generation P-series.
To further improve visibility and safety, a Scania City Safe Window is also now available as a factory option on both the new P-series and the L-series, replacing part of the door panel in the passenger door with a glazed section.
Power comes from Scania’s 9-litre diesel engine with the choice of three different power outputs. The option of a OC09 gas engine suitable for both CNG and LNG with two power outputs, will be added to the line-up in 2018. Both diesel and gas engines will be compatible with Scania’s Opticruise transmission or an Allison automatic gearbox.