Volvo reveals new FH in viral YouTube video
The first pictures of the new Volvo FH have appeared on the internet as part of a viral video shot by the Swedish manufacturer.
The three minute video of world record-holding highliner Faith Dickey treading carefully between two moving trucks is likely to be a YouTube hit, but more importantly it has revealed the first ever glimpse of Volvo’s new tractor unit.
According to the YouTube description, the stunt was set up to show the precise handling of the new Volvo FH, but in reality it shows us a great deal of detail about the new model. The raked windscreen has gone, and so too has the Volvo iron through the enormous new grille which is needed for Euro-6 cooling. Its roof now takes on a new more aerodynamic look – presumably to compensate for the upright screen – and to incorporate an additional airtake into the roofline.
The video also shows a brief glimpse of the interior (1:20) which has changed dramatically. The traditional parking brake looks to have gone, replaced by what look like a push button electronic handbrake. The new design also looks to have brought the entertainment controls a lot closer to the driver and incorporated several buttons onto the redesigned steering wheel. Finally the instrument panel appears to have gone digital, with just one large dial now centred in the console.
The Volvo top end power output appears not to have changed, with a 750hp badge visible in the film which was shot on an unopened highway in Croatia.
The new FH will make its first appearance in the metal to the media in a few weeks time, ahead of its official unveiling at the IAA Hannover show in September.
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