Scania has become the latest Euro truck maker to announce an extra big cab with the Swedish company unveiling a new long premium cab in Europe overnight.
The new cab which is 270mm longer, will be produced by Scania’s subsidiary Laxå Special Vehicles, with the company citing a number of additional application opportunities that will open up with the advent of the new cab.
The introduction of the new Scania long cab has comes following the introduction of a similar larger cab introduced by DAF to its updated range unveiled in Europe at the start of June.
Scania’s Swedish counterpart Volvo of course offers its Australian developed and engineered XXL cab Down Under but nowehere else in the Volvo world.
Scania’s Premium Long Cab will be offered with its R and S series cabs, but there is no indication if or when it will be available here, although given the demand for larger cabs in Australia, then one imagines it will be on the menu for the Australian operation sometime in the future.
Stefan Dorski, senior vice president and head of Scania Trucks said in the company’s press release, that with the introduction of CR23 and CS23 Scania has raised the bar for premium trucks even higher.
“We will blend some of the capabilities from our Scania CrewCab into our premium cabs in the R and S series, by doing that we add generous space that brings extra comfort and opens up for a multitude of creative solutions,” said Dorski.
Scania said its decision to offer longer cabs, built in small series is based on a persistent demand from several markets about cabs with added longitudinal space.
The premium S-series sports a flat floor and has already praised for its spaciousness.
Scania said that the added length it believes it will become something of a ‘dream’ cab for long-distance drivers who spend many nights away from home. Clearly drivers in Australia would be a prime target given the distances covered here.
Scania added that it can accommodate an expandable 100 cm wide bed without ever having to retract it.
“The addition of 27 centimetres to the initial length of 200 cm (which is measured from the pedals to the rear wall) may sound minor but it is not: it represents an increase of more than 13%, something that definitely makes a difference and opens up for many ingenious solutions,” Sania said in its statement.
“The most obvious benefit is of course for long-distance drivers, they are always on the lookout for comfortable premium solutions”, said Dorski.
“Whether they use the space for getting more roominess in general or for selecting a wider bed – or both – remains to be seen. Other users can probably be found in applications such as driving schools, defence trucks and recovery trucks. The latter will be able to transport passengers from broken vehicles,” Dorski added.
The company said that the extra space has been created by adding existing cab components, thanks to Scania’s modular system, with the first deliveries to customers scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2021.
“Scania’s plan is to have these cabs certified with a WVTA* in Q4 this year”, said Dorski.
“Some countries will initially have these vehicles certified separately on their respective markets,” he concluded.