• Image Credit: Volvo Trucks
  • Image Credit: Volvo Trucks
  • Image Credit: Volvo Trucks
Some of the equipment from Volvo Trucks is going to be able to get a whole lot dirtier in Europe with the introduction of a four-wheel-drive version of its FL commercial truck. Designed to take on offroad duty, Volvo jacks up the group clearance by 2.4 inches (6 cm) in the front and 4 inches in the rear (10 cm), which also increases the approach angle to 25 degrees. To further keep from getting stuck on the job site or in the middle of the Swedish tundra, drivers can engage low range on the gearbox by pressing a button on the dashboard.

Operators can choose from a variety of load capacities, wheelbase lengths, axle ratios and cab configurations to fit their exact needs. Powertrain choices for the FL 4X4 boil down to two versions of the company's D8K engine with either 250 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque or 280 hp and 774 lb-ft. A six-speed manual is the standard gearbox but a six-speed automatic is optionally available. Scroll down to read about Volvo Trucks' latest go anywhere option.
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THE NEW VOLVO FL WITH 4X4 – FOR BOTH URBAN AND GRAVEL ROADS

05/12/14 from Volvo Trucks

The popular Volvo FL is now available in a four-wheel drive (4x4) version for service and off road applications.

A compact and manoeuvrable truck, offering high comfort and high torque, the Volvo FL is ideal for both urban and off road applications. With four-wheel drive and improved ground clearance, it drives equally effectively on pitted gravel paths as on asphalt roads.

"The Volvo FL with four-wheel drive with its 2.1m cab, and wheelbase options from 3350mm to 4100 is compact and versatile and can perform challenging service tasks on all types of road surfaces," says John Comer, Product Manager at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland.

Support for construction equipment

The Volvo FL 4x4 is designed for the service sector for those who require off-road capabilities in a compact distribution truck looking to cater for payloads of 6-8 tonnes. The new 4x4 range is available at 12-, 14- or 16-tonnes GVW, offering a wide choice of loading capacities. To cater for such diverse sectors as cherry pickers, cranes and fire tenders, the FL 4x4 is available with a day cab, a three-person comfort cab with the option of bench seat or a seven-seat four-door crew cab.

As John Comer adds, "The most noticeable difference with the new Volvo FL with 4x4 is the raised off road defined chassis and 22.5" wheel, which increases its ground clearance by just over 6 cm at the front and 10 cm at the rear. The higher chassis also increases the vehicle approach angle to 25 degrees, making it easier for the truck to drive out of ditches or deep ruts."

FL 4x4 Driveline and Four wheel drive with low gear

When it comes to performance the FL 4x4 is equipped with the six cylinder Volvo D8K engine at 250hp (950Nm) or 280hp (1050Nm), matched to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and deep rear axles of 5.86:1 or 6.31:1. An automatic box will be available to special order.

The Volvo FL with 4x4 has permanently engaged four-wheel drive. The distribution gearbox has a high gear and a low gear setting. The high gear is used during normal operation, and in challenging conditions, the low gear can easily be engaged by pressing a button on the instrument panel

Compressed air for more functions

The truck can also be equipped with an extra air nipple on the chassis for operating various accessories or inflating tyres.

Available throughout Europe

The new Volvo FL with 4x4 is available with Euro-6 configuration, and will be sold in all European markets where Euro-6 is mandatory.

New FL 4x4

Total/capacity: 12-, 14- and 16-tonnes
Approved maximum gross combination weight: 25 tonnes
Maximum ground clearance with tyres 11R22.5":
i. Front axle: 329 mm
ii. Rear axle: 319 mm
Approach angle: 25 degrees
Wheels and tyres
i. 275/70 R22.5"
ii. 10R22.5"
iii. 11R22.5"
Cab:
i. Day cab
ii. Comfort cab
iii. Crew cab
Engine:
i. D8K 250hp
ii. D8K 280 hp
Gearbox:
i. Manual 6-speed gearbox
ii. 6-speed automatic gearbox as an optional extra.


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