Volvo Trucks North America debuted new interiors for the Volvo VHD series, bringing improved driver comfort and productivity features to its vocational lineup. Volvo VHD 300 daycab and VHD 400 regional sleeper model interiors feature LED lighting and extensive connectivity points to support a driver’s daily work.
“Design of the VHD’s new interiors was guided by feedback from nearly 2,000 professional drivers,” said Wade Long, director of product marketing for Volvo Trucks North America, “and we’ve channeled that information to deliver the comfort and convenience features drivers want and fleets seek to help improve driver retention.”
The new Volvo VHD features an all-new dashboard that puts often-used controls within the driver’s reach, Volvo explained. Centered in the gauge cluster is a configurable, 5-in. color driver information display that provides trip and diagnostic data. The driver information display is customizable, ensuring that critical information is always available to the driver at a quick glance. A dash-top tray features 12-volt power and USB connectivity to keep devices fully powered.
The Volvo VHD will now be equipped with Volvo’s smart steering wheel, putting controls for nearly all of the driver interface functions right at a driver’s fingertips. The smart steering wheel is attached to Volvo’s Perfect Position air-assisted, fully adjustable steering column, which enables drivers not only to tilt and telescope the steering column, but also tilt the steering wheel relative to the steering column. This lets drivers of all statures find the perfect steering wheel position and easily view the driver information display, Volvo said. All-LED interior lighting reduces power consumption and provides softer lighting.
Many of these features come from Volvo’s newly launched VNR and VNL series. Watch the video below for a look at the new interiors.
An optional infotainment system is available, featuring a 7-in. color touchscreen, navigation and an exterior back-up camera. A premium audio system is integrated with the infotainment system, which also features Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay for the ultimate in connectivity.
A wide variety of seating options are available on the new Volvo VHD series. An increase in seat travel fore and aft, as well as up and down, improves driving ergonomics. Premium features like seat heating, ventilation and Volvo’s refrigerated passenger seat option are also available.