Hyundai has announced it to  launch its new range of medium-duty  trucks known as  the Hyundai Pavise, in Australia  around April, with the new trucks  joining the already launched Mighty light duty and Xcient heavy duty models  as the brands key models on the local market.

Hyundai Commercial Vehicles Australia, the Australian distributor for Hyundai trucks  hopes to launch the Pavise in three chassis variants with a number of  wheelbase options starting with the D112 12 tonne 4×2 configuration and ranging up through the  15.5 tonne-rated D115 and the 17.6 tonne-rated D217 model although according to Hyundai Commercial Vehicles Australia, general manager Daryl Thornton exact pecs are stilling negotiated with Hyundai in Korea.

Power for the Pavise range comes from  Hyundai’s own 5.9 litre turbo diesel engine, which we believe has had some technical input from global powertrain specialist Cummins. The Pavise will be available with either 250 hp or 280 hp variants and will come mated to the ZF 12-speed AMT but not  the Allison automatic as reported run another media outlet.

The Pavise’s cab is air suspended which Hyundai says will reduce driver fatigue by ‘mitigating cab vibrations and shocks and also reducing cab roll while manoeuvring, while  it is believed it will come standard with rear air suspension.

The new models will it is hoped come with the latest traction and safety technology including what the company calls Hyundai SmartSense.

“The new Pavise has the most up-to-date technological crash avoidance systems including forward collision avoidance, lane departure warning, vehicle dynamic control, autonomous emergency braking system, electronically-controlled brake system, and both driver and passenger air bags,” said Daryl Thornton.

It is not clear whether the Pavise will be equipped with disc or drum brakes at this stage.

Electrically  the Pavise is  expected to get LED daytime running lights, headlights and fog lights and  a 170A heavy-duty battery  as standard for improved cold start-up performance.

Inside the cab  the Pavise has a European-inspired design with influences from the Hyundai passenger vehicle line-up, making it more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The cab features a spacious ergonomic interior design with a day bed, multiple storage options, and an ‘intuitive’ instrument panel.

Driving information is displayed via a five-inch dual-mono TFT, while a larger eight-inch LED screen handles audio video, navigation and smartphone connectivity, while there is also a wireless charging pad, USB/AUX ports, auto light controls and there is a digital tachograph as standard.

Daryl Thornton says that pricing for the Pavise is yet to be announced  he says it will be very competitive with the leading Japanese brands in the market today.

“We have a couple of trucks here at the moment which we are showing to customers  but we hope to have  our first shipment for sale  here and ready by April,” he told Truck and Bus News.

“This is indeed an exciting time for Hyundai Trucks Australia as aside from launching new trucks in the market we are looking to expand its dealer network with plans to add at least a dozen new dealerships across the country,” said Thornton.