you have around Rs 2 crore with you and you buy yourself a super luxury car for
that obscene amount of money, you primarily end up satisfying your
larger-than-life ego and polluting the earth a lot more than the desired levels
is where shared mobility can play a great role in reducing the carbon
footprint, without actually compromising on your luxury quotient and your
desire to indulge.
heard of a Volvo 9600 sleeper coach? Well, if you were to travel inter-city in
this multi axle sleeper coach, you can save the planet to a great extent.
Buses India, a division of Volvo Eicher (VE) Commercial Vehicles Limited, has
launched the next-gen Volvo 9600 platform. The first offerings on this platform
include a factory-built sleeper and seater coaches in 15m 6x2; and 13.5m 4x2
sleeper coaches were unveiled to the media at the Hosakote plant near Bengaluru
in Karnataka in both the 15m and 13.5m variants. Both the models are modern and
stylish, thereby setting a benchmark in luxury and comfort.
15m tall boy designed sleeper coach has 40 berths and has a 9.2 cu.m of luggage
space under its belly. We got to experience a short ride in the new 15 metre
sleeper coach. Both the exterior as well as interior are of top notch global
standards. As Akash Passey, President - Bus Division at VE Commercial Vehicles
told visiting journalists in Bengaluru, “It’s a brand new platform. This same
model is available in Sweden, German, Canada and the US. As for this, it’s
built in India and made in India”.
essence, that means the Volvo 9600 launched in India by VECV is as good as the
one available in any of the developed countries worldwide.
cursory look at the bus and you realise that the Volvo 9600 sleeper coach is
one imposing vehicle which is so smartly
designed and made. The bus has a length of 15 metres, a height of 4 metres and
a width of 2.6 metres, making it not only a tall boy but also a broad boy. It’s
got a wheelbase 8.26 metres and a permitted GVW of 22,200 kgs.
put things in the right perspective, Volvo sleeper coaches made earlier were
not fully made by Volvo, rather their buses were restructured by local body
builders. With government norms evolving, Volvo has finally decided to make the
entire sleeper bus, from head to toe at its factory in Hosakote. Their global quality standards are quite
evident when we look at the bus from outside as well as inside.
Volvo 9600 has a galvanized tubular structure with anti corrosive paint. In
front it gets a large windshield with signature V shaped lights with DRL. The
front structure is now even further enhanced. In the event of a collision, the
front framework can absorb more energy. It also covers a wider spectrum of
impact angles and heights. It gets an in swing type pneumatic passenger door. The features include lights on the sides with
indicators, large ORVMs and a very imposing rear.
keeping the heavy luggage of the passengers, there is a large 9 cu metres of
flatbed kind of space in its belly area which can be accessed from both
sides. The bus, as is mandatory, also
gets an emergency door on its right side.
you step inside the bus, you can see for yourself the richness of materials
used and also the several utilities for the passengers. The passenger section
gets a flat floor. The side windows are pasted and toughened with tint, besides
being very wide, offering a panoramic view. The berths for the passengers are
well cushioned with back rests in case someone wants to sit up and lean on the
side walls to read a book or magazine. The material used is very rich and
berth in the sleeper bus has a spacious head room and space to keep personal
belongings. You also get privacy curtains, storage shelves, children friendly
soft touch handles, ladders and restrainers without any metal surface exposed. You
also get Individual USB charging ports, Individual AC louvers and reading
lights. Berth layout is in 2x1 configuration.
bus has 40 berths, a seat for a 1 driver and co driver. Usually, it is the
driver and co driver of a bus who are generally neglected. The driver has
access to a pleasantly curved dashboard where everything is in the right place.
He has immediate access to all the buttons and levers on the dash. The driver
gets an air suspended seat including forward and reverse movement with
adjustable headrest, for a truly premium experience.
driver space is also equipped with a full length retractable type sun visor,
quick access tray and an illuminated cabin for a relaxing driving experience.
Driving comes easy with a hydraulic power assisted
heated and electrically operated three-piece rearview mirror complemented by
rear view camera with a 7” screen. The driver can also lower and raise the bus
level from the ground for situations that warrant it, thanks to the air
suspension with electronic control.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
the heart of the Volvo 9600 platform is the tried, tested, powerful and
fuel-efficient Volvo D8K(8-litre) BS VI engine, delivering a power of
350hp@2200 RPM and a peak torque of 1350 Nm@ 1200-1600 RPM. The fuel-efficient
engine along with its purpose-developed drivetrain is designed to minimize TCO
and maximize uptime for bus operators.
chassis includes the I-Shift automated manual gearbox, electronic braking
system (EBS) Hill start aid and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems. The
bus has a fuel tank capacity of 540 litres with an Ad Blue capacity of 50
front axle is rigid and steerable; the rear axle is single reduction hypoid
axle while the tag axle is also rigid and steerable. This makes it a lot easier
to manoeuvre on narrow roads. The turning radius of the sleeper coach is 11
bus has 295/80 R 22.5 18PR tubelesss radial tyres and as for its braking it
gets Electronic braking system (EBS), including ABS. Other features include
Hill start aid and electronic vehicle stability control (EVSC). The EVSC increases
stability at higher speeds. The fire extinguishers and roof hatches ensure
uncompromised passenger safety too.
the choice is yours, whether to travel in a Volvo 9600 sleeper bus or to throw
all environmental caution to the winds and travel in a fancy car, especially
when travel interstate.
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