MAN´s premium touring coach now bags unique design language, improved engine dynamics, and a more rigid skeleton.
MAN Truck and Bus introduced the Lion´s Coach in 1996. Since then, the bus range has set several benchmarks in the segment, especially in the European markets. At the 2017 Busworld Europe, the company has premiered the latest iteration of the Lion´s Coach, with loads of improvements and visual updates. The bus has even won “Grand Coach Award” at the traditionally held Busworld Awards Competition European Coach Week (ECW) in the run-up to the event.
To start with, eye-catching new-age design language and styling cues with unique silhouette and LED-DRL embellishments presents a whole new character to the Lion´s Coach. The fully-LED headlamps, just as the tail lights, are around 50 percent bright than halogens, while also offering greater range and visibility. On the inside, MAN has slapped-in several changes to make the cabin more attractive. Take for instance the LED strip-illuminated floor area, or the improved storage areas and luggage racks.
The latest Lion´s Coach is compliant to the ECE R66.02 roll-over standards of Europe, which is applicable to all class II and III buses from November this year. MAN says that high-strength steel components into bus´s skeleton and use of tube-in-tube technology for the roll bar in the B-pillar area ensures that crash energy is absorbed effectively in the event of a roll-over. There is also a 20 percent improvement in aerodynamics of the body, adds the company.
The Lion´s Coaches are powered by `D26´ 12.4-litre 6-cylinder diesel engine (Euro 6) that can deliver power up to 500 hp depending on the variant. The latest improvements have enhanced the output by around 20 hp and 200 Nm of torque, along with the addition of a secondary retarder and a more powerful EVBec engine brake. Power is transmitted to the wheels by MAN TipMatic gearbox featuring Smart-Shifting function and Idle-speed driving.
The driver assistance and safety technologies available in the MAN coach includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Guard System (LGS) and Attention Guard system. MAN´s `EfficientCruise´ cruise control with the EfficientRoll coasting function is also on the list. The premium touring coach is available in three avatars – 12.1 m, 13.3 m, and 13.9 metre in either two or three axles configuration. By this year end, a 13 m dual-axle variant of the Lion´s coach will also be ready.
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