Volvo Trucks has launched the third iteration of its vocational FMX truck, which first appeared in 2010. The new FMX features a brand-new cab as well as a 20-tonne front axle and 38-tonne rear bogie. Volvo also optimised the truck “for future electric drivelines,” and the current one can run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in addition to diesel.
Other features include the ability to switch from full differential lock to inter-axle differential lock and vice versa via a control knob, an I-Shift transmission with crawler gears for handling heavier loads with precision and manoeuvrability, and Volvo Dynamic Steering, which also improves manoeuvrability and uses an electric motor to assist in steering.
“Effortless & Precise” Steering
“The new Volvo FMX is designed to deliver a superior combination of agility and durability. Apart from the sturdy design, the new cab with upright A-pillars provides more space and improved visibility. It’s also easier to get in and out,” says Helena Alsiö, Volvo Trucks’ vice president for the FM and FMX product lines. “The option of changing direction on the go is very useful, especially in combination with Volvo Dynamic Steering, when manoeuvring at low speeds in tight places. Volvo Dynamic Steering is a great success and it’s perfect for a construction truck. At low speeds, it makes steering effortless and precise, and removes the strain on the driver’s arms and shoulders.”
Enhanced Safety Features
Volvo always emphasises safety with its vehicles, and the FMX is no different. The newly designed cab has improved rearview mirrors, a lower door line, and larger windows for enhanced visibility. There’s also an option to add a corner camera with a direct feed to a 9-inch side display that can show up to four feeds at once and support up to eight cameras total.
Other standard and optional safety and driver assistance features include an electronically controlled brake system, collision warning with emergency braking, electronic stability control, improved downhill cruise control, lane keeping assist, and stability assist.
The FMX also takes advantage of a road sign recognition system that can aid with maintaining proper speed and more. Customers have the option to add a steel roof hatch with emergency exit as well, which Volvo says is ideal for “very tough applications such as mining.”