Poncho to launch in Sydney


Hino will be bringing the Poncho to the Sydney Bus and Coach Show in October for its launch

Poncho to launch in Sydney
The Hino Poncho: competition for the stalwart Coaster? Photo: Supplied

Hino has announced the Poncho will be launched at the 2016 Sydney Bus and Coach Show in October, three years after it was initially announced.

The bus, which is less than seven metres long and just over two wide, looks to be a solid performer on busy city streets.

With seats available for 22 people and space for 10 more to stand, the small size of the Poncho doesn’t result in limited interior space.

The Poncho’s turbo-diesel four-cylinder can pump out 180hp, making it as comfortably quick as a small bus needs to be.

In the 2013 announcement of the Poncho’s arrival in Australia, Hino national sales manager Kevin Fielding said the Poncho would make a good alternative for anyone who doesn’t need a full-sized bus.

"Its long wheelbase and short overhangs are an ideal basis for a low-floor, nimble bus that doesn't sacrifice stability or passenger comfort in the name of manoeuvrability," Fielding said.

"We see this as a community transport option that is ideal for retirement communities and as a rural-route bus, as well as ex-services and sporting clubs."

Electric Ponchos already operate in Japan, meaning the potential for green transport is ripe with the new addition to Australia’s bus market.

Dimensions

Overall length 6,990mm

Overall width 2,080mm

Overall height 3,100mm

Wheelbase 4,825mm

Drivetrain

Engine Hino J05E-TS (Euro 5) Direct-injected diesel, turbo-charged intercooled, 4-cylinder, overhead camshaft, water-cooled

Transmission 5-Speed automatic with overdrive

Power 180hp at 2,500rpm

Torque 530Nm at 1,500rpm

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