Scania S 500 6x2 twin-steer, Highline with curtainside semitrailer and centre axle trailer Södertälje, Sweden Photo: Gustav Lindh 2016

Scania has confirmed its next generation truck, the new S 500 will make an appearance at next month’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The truck is being brought out specifically for the show, its first appearance in the Southern Hemisphere since its unveiling last in Paris last year, and will be taken back to Europe after the end of the event.

While the new truck is expected to be one of the highlights of the show, Scania will not be launching the new model downunder just yet, and the model on show will be the right hand drive UK variant, meaning there will be no road tests available.

Managing director at Scania Australia, Roger McCarthy said it will be a chance for customers to see the new generation truck.

“The Scania S 500 won the recent 1,000-point test beating off three rival Europeans, underlining its strength across many categories under scrutiny, such as high performance, economy, excellent driving characteristics, ease of operation, safety and driver comfort,” McCarthy said.

“As a result of this impressive vote of confidence in the new all-new Scania, we took the decision to fast-track the delivery of an example of the S 500 to Australia, even though the commercial launch of the New Truck Generation Scania range is still some considerable way off.”

While details of the Australian specifications won’t be announced until an extensive evacuation is undertaken and there is supply of models relevant to our market.

“The truck on display is representative of a specification that could be offered to the Australian market once the New Truck Generation Scania is launched here,” McCarthy added.

“The Brisbane Truck Show will be the only place this vehicle can be inspected and admired, prior to its return to Europe. It will be joined on the Scania display stand by a selection of the current generation of Scania prime movers including the current flagship, the R 730 V8, a G 480 prime mover and a P 310 8×2 rigid.

“We will also be demonstrating the advantages of Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans, which combined with Scania Optimise, provides fleets and owners with a deep and user-friendly insights into the most cost-effective and efficient way to maximise the profitability of their Scania assets.

“The Scania stand at the Brisbane Truck Show will provide all truck operators with the perfect opportunity to gain a clear understanding of efficient, sustainable, safe and driver-friendly trucking,” McCarthy added.

The new Scania S 500 boasts a completely flat cab floor as well as the most powerful version of Scania’s 13.0-litre SCR Euro 6-compliant six-cylinder in-line engine, producing 500 hp (373 kW) at 1900 rpm, and 2550 Nm (1882 lb/ft) of torque between 1000 and 1300