Volvo unveils all-new VNL truck

Volvo Trucks North America has launched its new reimagined Volvo VNL, designed to transform the driving experience.

After teasing the new launch for weeks, Volvo Trucks North America has officially introduced a new version of its VNL on-highway truck, with sales beginning in the coming months.

With a focus on fuel efficiency, safety, driver productivity, connected services and uptime, the VNL “was designed to change everything.”

Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve says this is the start of a new era for Volvo.

“The all-new Volvo VNL was designed to change everything. However, change doesn’t only come with a redesigned truck — this product introduction is the start of a new era for Volvo Trucks, our customers, and their drivers — a quantum leap forward,” he says.

“We started this project with a blank sheet of paper and thoroughly analyzed the trends and transformations that will impact the industry and our customers’ needs, including the sustainability and transportation demands of the future.

The new Volvo VNL is available in six cab configurations (Image: Volvo Trucks North America)

“When we launched the first generation of the Volvo VN in 1996, its ‘unconventional’ aerodynamic body style set a new standard for the North American trucking industry.

“We did the unthinkable in 2007 when we introduced the I-Shift in North America and spurred the industry’s transition toward automated manual transmissions.

“As we bring the all-new Volvo VNL to market, we are excited to once again introduce innovations that will shape the future of the transportation industry for years to come.”

What are the features?

Fuel Efficiency 

Volvo says that the aerodynamic changes alone are expected to improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%.

The redesigned windshield and wedge-shaped cab are responsible for much of the aerodynamic gains while other improvements come from tighter clearances around areas of turbulent air like wheel openings, the bumper and the hood, chassis fairings and promoting a tighter trailer gap.

Engine

The new VNL is powered by the latest generation D13 engine, available in four horsepower ratings, ranging from 405-500hp and three torque ratings from 1,750-1,950 lb-ft of torque.

These different power options are designed to suit different applications and incorporate the improved and optimized I-Shift transmission, which features up to 30% faster shift speeds.

When combined with the I-Torque powertrain solution, the D13 can deliver even greater fuel savings, best-in-class versatility, and drivability.

Safety

Volvo says that it focused on both active and passive features to keep people safe inside, and outside, of the truck.

Some of the available active safety features include: lane centering, improved maneuvering, adaptive crosswind control, and pedestrian detection alerts, which can even trigger automatic emergency braking for objects directly in the path of travel.

The passive features include things like the improved visibility from the new windshield, front and side-curtain airbags, Volvo Dynamic Steering to reduce fatigue, and the optional global rear air suspension system to improve stability, maintain a constant ride height and minimise road shocks.

Comfort

Volvo says the new VNL was designed around the driver to optimize comfort, efficiency, and safety when working, living, and resting.

Driver comfort amenities available include: upgraded insulation for climate control and noise reduction, a folding bunk for easy access to the dinette space, a singular multi-functional control panel in the back of the cab, a larger refrigerator and an increased power supply.

The truck was designed around the driver (Image: Volvo Trucks North America)

Connectivity

There’s a lengthy list of connectivity capabilities, depending on what your fleet needs.

Through its fleet management portal, Volvo Connect, drivers can access vehicle maintenance insights, and fuel economy or safety reports, to real-time fault code diagnostics.

Packaging Options

The new Volvo VNL is packaged into four exterior and interior trim levels — Core, Edge, Edge Black and Ultimate — with six cab configurations, each designed to fit customers’ preference, brand identity, and operational use.

These are:

  • VNL 300 Day Cab
  • VNL 440 42-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper
  • VNL 640 62-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper
  • VNL 660 62-inch Full-Height Sleeper
  • VNL 840 74-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper
  • VNL 860 74-inch Full-Height Sleeper

Sales will begin in the coming months with production occurring at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia.

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