Ashok Leyland Captain 40iT Truck (Tractor unit) Launched

Home-grown CV major Ashok Leyland is now offering the all-new Captain 40iT cab-over tractor-unit variants of the popular Captain range of heavy-duty mining trucks. Derived from the popular Captain series of trucks, the new tractor-trailer unit is the company’s new addition in the 40 – 49 tonne range, offering world-class cabin and fuel-efficient drive-train.

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Ashok Leyland Captain 40iT: The cabin for the new truck is carried over from the Captain 2523 T tippers

Ashok Leyland says that the Captain 40iT has undergone an extensive road-testing of more than 2.3 million kilometres, and has been specifically developed considering Indian requirements in mind. The truck brings a blend of driver comfort, performance and aesthetic, add the company. In terms of safety features, the tractor unit comes with standard ABS (as mandated by Ministry of Road and Transport for all trucks) and seat belts.

The Captain 40iT is powered by a ‘H-Series’ turbocharged, common-rail (CRS) diesel engine that develops a peak 180 horsepower and 660Nm of torque. A 9-speed manual gearbox with ceramic Clutch disc and clutch boosters is paired to the BS 4 compliant engine, along with clutch boosters for fatigue-less driving. The volume of the fuel tank is 200 litres.

Inside, the cabin of the new truck offers improved ergonomic and styling standards, thanks to spacious interiors, roof hatch and leg vent for ventilation and comfort in all weather conditions, a couple of locker storages for valuables, sleeper berth, mobile charger, and music player with a USB port. A driver information display, adjustable driver seat, and tiltable steering are also on the offer. The truck also get new exterior paint-jobs including the dark mustard colour (which appears to have been admired from Scania P 410 range of heavy-duty tippers).

The long-haulage truck is being assembled at the AL’s Pantnagar plant in Uttarakhand. Other trucks in the ‘Captain’ series also includes the heavy-duty tipper variants such as 2518 T 6×4, 2523 T 6×4, and 3123 T 8×4 in the mining and construction segment. In the long-haulage cab-over truck segment, the company also sells the ‘U-Truck’ range of models.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

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