German truck maker Daimler’s Indian trucking division Bharat Benz has just launched three new light trucks in India. Of the three trucks, two are cargo models while one is a tipper. The light duty trucks launched by Bharat Benz come with 9 ton and 12 ton capacities. The 9 ton truck is called the 914 while the 12 tonners are the 1214 and the 1217 models. While the 914 and 1214 models are aimed at the cargo market, the 1217 is aimed at the tipper market. All three trucks are powered by turbocharged and intercooled inline four cylinder diesel engines. Six speed manual gearboxes are standard on all three trucks. The trucks are priced between INR 10.15 lakhs and 13.58 lakhs.
The 2013 Bharat Benz 914 and 1214 light duty truck is a cargo version that can be customized for a range of applications through various body styles. The trucks feature a 3.9 liter four cylinder turbo diesel engine that puts out 140 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. Common rail direct injection and 4 valves/cylinder are standard on this turbo diesel engine. This engine is mated to a 6 speed gearbox that drives the rear wheels of the trucks in question. The 6th gear comes with an overdrive function to minimize fuel consumption. The 914 model can lug around 9.6 tons while the 1214 model can haul 11.9 tons.
The 2013 Bharat Benz 1217 Tipper model features the same 3.9 liter turbo diesel engine that the 914 and 1214 models feature, albeit with additional power and torque. On the 1217 Tipper, the turbo diesel engine puts out 170 Bhp of peak power and 425 Nm of peak torque. Along with all that extra power and torque, the load hauling capacity of this tipper is higher, at 13 tons. All three Bharat Benz light duty trucks come with power steering and adjustable driver seat as standard while air conditioning is an optional extra. Stopping duties are handled by drum brakes on all three trucks. All light duty trucks will be sold across India, through Bharat Benz dealerships.
The main selling points of these light duty trucks will be the lower running costs that Bharat Benz has been harping about.
* The oil change interval for these trucks is at 30,000 kilometers.
* The gearbox and clutch have been designed for longer life.
* The rear axle is rated for higher loads and durability.
* The C-Channel section chassis gets a deep 228mm frame depth to maximize durability.