Daimler India Commercial
Vehicles (DICV), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG is expanding the product portfolio of its BharatBenz brand
with a 16-tonne, 238 hp front-engine intercity coach. BharatBenz already
offers a portfolio of school, staff and tourist buses in the 9-tonne category,
which have been available since the end of 2015.
With its optimised wheelbase,
the 12-meter BharatBenz intercity coach ensures good cabin space distribution for
easy seating, offering790 mm of legroom for passengers. Refined interiors and
wider windows provide for a relaxed journey with panoramic views. The front and
rear air suspensions are calibrated with chassis performance to minimise
impacts of road undulations. Overall, the vehicle also offers a quiet ride
thanks to its unique open saloon design which enhances acoustic insulation
despite a front mounted engine. A powerful air conditioner with engine driven
compressor assures not only a pleasant cabin environment for passengers but
also a workplace for drivers that help them to stay alert.
This BharatBenz intercity
coach is fitted with a comprehensive range of seamlessly integrated active and
passive safety features. The aluminique body meets the stringent safety
standards for roll over as per the AIS-031 CMUR Bus Body Code. Fabricated
without any welded parts, the lightweight structure not only gives extra
strength to the vehicle but also lowers its centre of gravity, which provides
extra stability to the vehicle. The wider brake lining (410 x 220 for all four
tyres) guarantees effective braking leading to a better braking distance. With
regard to interiors, the vinyl flooring comes with an anti-skid top layer and
fire retardant materials which are carefully designed to ensure a safe walkway
for passengers in case of emergency situations.
The vehicle body’s unique
aluminique structure considerably lowers its gross vehicle weight, while the
aerodynamic body design and tubeless tyres reduce drag and rolling resistance,
altogether improving fuel efficiency. The coach also offers oil change and
gearbox oil change intervals of 100,000 km. As a unique BharatBenz feature,
annual maintenance packages are offered that cover both the body and chassis,
ensuring optimum maintenance.
BharatBenz BS-IV vehicles also
operate unhampered with BS-III fuel, if required. The SCR technology uses an
aqueous urea-based fluid called AdBlue, which is sprayed into the exhaust
stream to break down dangerous nitrogen oxides emissions into harmless nitrogen
and water. AdBlue consumption is only a fraction of fuel consumption, so refill
intervals are fewer. AdBlue is available nationwide at all BharatBenz
dealerships and other outlets.
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