Johannesburg - Compared to its predecessor, the EX8 Mighty’s interior space has been increased from 2.9m² to 3.5m², and there has also been an increase in storage space for driver and passengers to 11.8 litres.
Visibility from inside the cabin has been greatly improved by increasing the windshield size – an important feature, because better visibility ensures safer driving. The windshield height has increased by 20mm, and width by 70mm. Furthermore the dash has been lowered by 80 mm, allowing an increased visibility angle of 2.2 degrees.
Interior space has been enhanced by increasing the interior cabin height to 1 490mm. The steering column now has forward-backward adjustment of 60 mm, as well as height adjustment of 76mm – an altogether new feature that enables the driver to set the most comfortable and safest driving position. The seat also slides back by a further 55 mm, with increased reclining setting for maximum comfort while driving.
The new, tall style headlamps cast a significantly longer (167m) and wider (8.4m) beam pattern, making night driving much safer.
Exterior changes also improve comfort
One of the distinct exterior features is the main rear-view mirror that is 10 mm taller, and a newly added sub-mirror below it which is convex-shaped to ensure a much wider field of vision, thus eliminating the blind spot in traffic.
Small, yet practical and sensible changes include the door handle that was changed from a vertical type handle to a horizontal “grip” type handle, and a door opening angle that increased from 68° to 80°, making access to the cab even easier. The size of the side step for easy entry into the cabin has been increased for better footing. It now measures 350mm x 103mm, and the door now covers the step when closed.
Greater load-carrying capability
The longer wheelbase of the new EX8 has increased its versatility as a load carrier, and resulted in a longer deck (4 850 mm) that allows you to carry more freight and to do fewer trips.
The Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the new EX8 is 7 800kg versus 7 500kg of Hyundai’s main competitors, which also means you can carry more with the EX8 Mighty. The dropside version of the EX8 has a load capacity of 4 tons. Various load carrying options according to customers’ demands are available, including a tipper conversion, closed bodies for secure transport of goods, and the very practical dropside body that ensures easy loading and off-loading of goods.
More efficient engine conforms to Euro 3 standards
The D4DD 3 907 cc engine, which conforms to Euro 3 emission standards, has a common-rail diesel injection system that delivers greater efficiency, reliability and more power. It delivers maximum power of 103kW at 2 800 r/min. Peak torque is 373Nm, which is produced at a relatively low 1 600r/min. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual synchromesh gearbox.
Hyundai has increased the service intervals for the EX8 Mighty from 10 000km to 20 000km, which reduces the service cost of the truck and results in less downtime for the operator.
"The durability and reliability of our drivetrains has also enabled us to launch the EX8 with an industry-leading factory warranty of 4 years, with unlimited mileage in this period. We also offer a 3 year / 200 000km roadside assistance plan as part of the standard package,” says Griffin.
"Hyundai Automotive SA is also notified daily via a roadside breakdown report of any commercial vehicle towed in, which allows us to act swiftly to ensure that the dealer is giving our customer the utmost attention and with the necessary urgency to get the vehicle back on the road,” says Griffin.
"We also did a price study for a basket of 32 service, maintenance and crash parts, and the outcome was that our parts basket proved to be 20% better priced than that of our nearest competitor.
"Our focus is on our customers and their business. We want our transport solution consultants to give you, the business owner, the correct solution and ensure that you have the right tool to do the job,” says Griffin.
"To summarize: We have a well-priced commercial vehicle that has:
• An industry-leading factory warranty of 4 years, with no limit to the mileage;
• An extra 300 kg GVM in comparison with its competitors;
• A parts basket that is 20% better priced than that of the nearest competitor; and
• Service intervals that have been increased to 20 000 km in order to reduce the cost of ownership.
"Taking all this into account, we believe that we have the right truck to partner with your business and, having reduced the cost of ownership, results in better bottom line profits."
Five EX8 derivatives, with keen pricing
Hyundai is launching the new EX8 in five derivatives at very competitive prices. They are the:
• EX8 LWB CC R379 500 - (excl. VAT)
• EX8 LWB CC (with aircon) - R394 500 (excl. VAT)
• EX8 Dropside - R413 100 (excl. VAT)
• EX8 Dropside (with aircon) - R428 100 (excl. VAT)
• EX8 SWB Tipper - R451 500 (excl. VAT)