Available in three load body length options – 10 ft, 11ft, and 14 ft – in single or dual rear wheel variants.
With the sprawling of urbanisation, the light commercial vehicles (LCVs) come to the rescue for transportation needs within the city spaces and nearby sub-urbs. They are compact, light, and highly efficient than larger trucks. In fact, the LCV segment is one among the healthiest in the CV market that posts strong sales figures every year. Ashok Leyland‘s ‘Partner’ series is one among the best-in-class light trucks available in the market, with modern cabin, impressive built quality, and fuel-efficient engine. With rated payload capacity up to 4.6 tonnes, the Partner is an ideal choice for intra-city, urban transportation.
Developed under an earlier alliance with Nissan, the Partner series is one of the most technologically equipped LCV from Ashok Leyland. Built on a sturdy chassis, the truck features runner mounted load body with low loading platform height, unlike other conventional trucks. It stands on parabolic front suspension and semi-elliptical rear suspension, along with double acting shock absorbers on both the axles. The heavy-duty axles are optimised for handling tough conditions. The truck’s ground clearance is 238 mm for the single-rear tyre and 220 mm for the dual-wheel variant. The turning circle radius of the Partner is also shorter than many of its competitors, with a gradeability of 22-25 percent.
The modern and comfortable ‘Euro’ cabin (fully-tiltable) is of global standards, with first-in-class air-conditioning (HVAC) option. Comfortable and safe interior ergonomics includes dual-tone vinyl and fabric (only in LX) seats, dual-tone dashboard, moulded roof and door trims, tiltable power steering, adjustable driver seat, windshield defogger, bottle holders, and a lockable glove compartment. Fog lamp and 3-point seat belt for passenger are also offered.
The Partner series is powered 3.0-litre (2,953 cc) ZD30 turbo-charged, inter-cooled diesel engine with DDTi (Double Overhead Camshaft, 16-valves, and Common Rail direct injection) technology. Available in BS 4 compliance, the engine churns out 105 hp and 284 Nm of torque at 1350-2600 rpm. The BS 3 variant, on the other hand, produces higher output at 118 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed fully-synchromesh gearbox (cable-type) with overdrive function, assisted by a single dry plate, diaphragm-push clutch.
The engine’s power and torque output is one of the best in the segment, with flat torque delivered over a wide rpm range – best for city driving. The gear shifts are smoother, and the linear power delivery of the engine makes for lesser shifts. It is also tuned for optimum fuel-efficiency, again likely to be class-leading. The braking system of the Partner is Dual Circuit Hydraulic system, along with vaccum assist and Load Conscious Regulating Valve (LCRV) for enhanced safety.
Ashok Leyland is offering Partner in cab chassis, fixed side deck, and high side deck body forms. With reliable Japanese technology and efficient engine, the Partner light truck competes against the likes of Tata Ultra, and Eicher Pro 1049.
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