Novi, Michigan – Toyota Group subsidiary Hino Trucks plans to enter the Class 8 commercial truck market with its XL series. XL7 and XL8 trucks will serve the Class and Class 8 markets respectively, and both are powered by Hino’s 8.9L inline-six diesel engine, a powerplant nearly half the size of engines in most Class 8 vehicles.
"Considering our remarkable success in Class 4-7 in North America, and our growing global presence in the Class 8 market, entering the North American heavy-duty segment makes for the next logical step,” says Yoshinori Noguchi, president and CEO of Hino Trucks North America.
Trucks will be offered in a host of straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a 33,000 lb GVWR to 60,000 lb GVWR and GCWR up to 66,000 lb with max performance of 360hp and 1,150 lb-ft torque. Also available wheel are base selections up to 304”, and tandem axle and fifth wheel configurations.
XL models feature active safety solutions including electronic stability control (standard on tractor) and collision mitigation systems.
Production of the Hino XL7 and XL8 will start in early 2019 in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, at a recently renovated, 1 million ft2 production facility that Hino acquired in 2017.