Hino 500 Crew Cab review
Comfort on the job
South Africa’s most popular range of heavy-duty trucks was recently given an extra boost with the addition of the 500 Crew Cab models, which will be of particular interest to businesses that regularly use teams of personnel offsite.
The Hino 500 Wide Cab range of heavy commercial trucks now stands at 14 models with the addition of the two 1627 Crew Cab derivatives, one with a 6-speed manual gearbox and the other with a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission.
The real selling point of the Crew Cabs is that they offer seating for seven people, including the driver, making them perfect for municipalities, removal companies, tow truck operators as well as the construction and mining industries.
The Hino 1627 Crew Cab outperforms its direct competitor with a more powerful engine, fully automatic transmission, higher GVM of 16 000kg, full air braking system, much bigger fuel tank, tighter turning circle and far better gradeability.
The engine of the 1627 models produces power of 191kW at 2500rpm and torque of 794Nm at 1500rpm from its 8-litre inline-six turbodiesel engine. Like the 11-litre engine option in the Hino range, the 8-litre is Euro 3 compliant, equipped with a high-pressure common rail injection system and turbocharger with an intercooler to achieve lower emissions and class-leading power and fuel efficiency.
The manual gearbox, a six-speed unit, has synchromesh on gears 2 to 6, and the vehicle features Easy Start, which prevents roll-back by maintaining braking force on hills after the brake pedal has been released. An Allison six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox is the alternative on the Crew Cab models, and comes with the easy-to-use and read Leaver Gear Selector. By pushing the test button, the selector display indicates shift range, oil level, temperature and diagnostic codes.
ABS braking is standard on the Crew Cab models, offering additional safety by preventing the wheels from locking under heavy braking, and so allowing the driver to maintain control.
The Crew Cabs are well specified, with standard equipment including air conditioning, electric windows, audio system and cruise control. The steering wheel is fully adjustable in both tilt and reach for driver comfort. The cabin also features a high-back, multi-adjustable air suspension seat for the ultimate in driver comfort and safety. Another safety feature is a driver’s airbag, as well as a cabin safety cell.
All Hino Wide Cab models are fitted with larger capacity fuel tanks and a bigger capacity alternator, future-proofing your investment in the event of you needing to add more electrical equipment.
The Hino 500 Series has a 24-month/unlimited kilometre warranty and a 36-month rust perforation warranty, while an extended warranty of up to five years is available. There is also a 2-year warranty on all Hino parts fitted at a Hino dealership, as well as comprehensive 24-hour roadside assistance plan.