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Volvo’s FE range has been updated with a 350 bhp engine and a new nine-tonne front axle. The power boost is intended to make the FE a stronger option for more demanding distribution, refuse handling and light construction duties.

The FE-350 is designed for gross vehicle weights (GVW) at 18 and 26 tonnes, with gross combination weights (GCW) up to 44 tonnes.

“The FE is a flexible and agile truck that operates as efficiently in regional traffic as it does in congested urban conditions,” said Anders Edenholm, segment manager distribution at Volvo Trucks. “Now we are broadening its application area further by offering an alternative with higher performance and improved load distribution capability to meet the demands of many customers.”

The FE-350 offers a peak torque of 1400 Nm from 1200-1600 rpm and is suitable as a 4×2, 6×2 or 6×4 rigid truck, or as a lightweight urban or regional 4×2 tractor.

Three-axle 26-tonne applications such as box vans, fridges, tippers, crane trucks and refuse trucks will welcome the extra grunt and the option of a nine-tonne front axle. The D8K350 Euro 6 engine is combined with Volvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox or the option of a six-speed fully automatic transmission, and is available with every cab across the range – including the low-entry cab.

“We are delighted to see the 350 bhp option added to the Volvo FE range,” said John Comer, head of product management at Volvo Trucks, UK & Ireland.

“The FE-350 comes into its own as a lightweight 6×2 rigid with single of twin tyres on the tag or as a rear-steer. The option of the nine-tonne front axle on this configuration gives greater flexibility in ensuring correct load distribution, ensuring compliance, especially with diminishing loads.”

Volvo said its new FE-350 is available to order now, with production due to start in September 2017.