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Ashok Leyland unveils new range of logistics vehicles at 2012 DefExpo
The 2012 DefExpo was a great showcase of the country’s most rugged and robust vehicles that will very soon find their place amongst the fleet of the Indian Army. Among various automobile and commercial vehicle manufactures present with their specially armoured and equipped vehicles was Ashok Leyland, whose heavy duty STALLION truck is no new kid on the country’s defense block.
Building on the heritage of its 6x6 STALLION model, of which more than 65,000 vehicles have already been deployed by the Indian Army, Ashok Leyland made its presence felt at the 2012 DefExpo in very big way with the unveiling of its face-lifted STALLION version and an all new flagship HMV 8X8 SUPER STALLION model.
For those familiar with design and build configuration of the original STALLION this new face-lifted version is now significantly upgraded with regards to both its form and function. It has a more powerful 221PS Common Rail Diesel Engine capable of 800Nm of torque, that should make it a breeze to drive through demanding mountainous terrain. Ease of use is further addressed with inclusion of an Automatic Transmission.
The STALLION 6x6 is also equipped with a modern, face-lifted cabin that is ergonomic, air-conditioned with bucket seats and fitted with a driver-friendly information display cluster panel. The parabolic spring suspensions in front help improve ride comfort. As an added safety measure, a back-up Emergency Power Steering and a Semi-Automatic Tyre Inflation System will help the STALLION 6X6X seamlessly traverse across different kinds of terrains.
The STALLION 6x6 is a very versatile vehicle and can be used as Troop Carriers, Water and Fuel Bowsers, Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) and as the base vehicle to mount communication equipment and command control posts. This vehicle is already performing with the Royal Thai Army and is also operational in Honduras and South Africa.