The new Volvo FMX is developed with one goal in mind – to be the ultimate construction truck. That’s why we’ve designed the chassis to withstand the toughest of driving conditions and the heaviest of loads, year after year.
But construction trucks are not all about heavy weights and extreme terrain. That’s why the Volvo FMX comes equipped with a choice of several smart chassis features such as tridem, Automatic Traction Control and air suspension, to deliver great fuel economy and premium driving comfort.
Chassis heights, approx
- Med 900 mm
- High: 1000 mm
- X-High: 1200 mm
- XX-High: 1240 mm
- Tractor: 3,000 to 4,100 mm
- Rigid: 3,200 to 6,700 mm
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Rear air suspension. Now also for AWD.
Most construction trucks drive at least half of the time unladen. Normally, this is a bumpy ride with a lot of vibration propagating through the chassis. Not so with air suspension. It provides a smooth and comfortable ride – saving the driver, the truck and the cargo from unnecessary wear. Our air suspension is specifically designed for construction trucks, and is now also available for 4×4, 6×6, 8×6 and 10×6 configurations.
Learn more about the air suspension for construction
Read the inside story on the new air suspension
Driven front axle. But only when you need it.
If you drive in extreme terrain you probably need a truck with a driven front axle or all-wheel drive. Automatic Traction Control (ATC) is a revolutionary new feature that automatically engages the front axle, but only when it’s needed. You always have the traction you need to avoid getting stuck. But most importantly, when it isn’t, it saves up to 2% of fuel compared to a permanently engaged front axle. ATC comes as standard for 4×4, 6×6, 8×6 and 10×6 configurations.
Learn more about Automatic Traction Control
Read the inside story on the new driven front axle
Raised drive axle – lower fuel consumption.
Introducing Tandem Axle Lift.
Convert your 8×4 into a 6×2. Or your 6×4 into a 4×2. Volvo FMX is now available with the all-new Tandem Axle Lift, a revolutionary feature that allows the rearmost drive axle to be disengaged and raised when you unload. Just like a tag axle would, this greatly improves the turning radius and reduces the fuel consumption – by up to 4% when unladen.
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An extra tonne or two on the front axles. Every cycle.
If you want to be productive, few things are as important as load capacity, and every extra tonne you can carry translates into better profit margins. Especially so if you operate in a closed-off area, where you’re allowed to load the truck to its technical limits. We’ve now increased the load capacity of the front suspension from 18 to 20 tonnes for dual front axles. And the driven front axle now can handle loads of up to 10 tonnes.
Tighter turns, improved fuel economy.
Compared to dual front axles, which are common among construction trucks, the tridem bogie gives the truck a considerably tighter turning circle. Choose between a tag and a pusher axle (or have both, on an 8×2). Both are hydraulically steered and can be raised when driving unladen, saving fuel and unnecessary tyre wear. The tridem bogie is approved for loads of up to 36 tonnes, which makes for a maximum gross vehicle weight of up to 56 tonnes on a 10×4.
Learn more about the benefits of tridem.
Product Manager, Peter Frleta on saving time and money with Tridem
Five axles from factory.
No need for retrofitting.
We can now offer 5-axle trucks from factory. The benefits compared to retrofitting an axle are numerous. You get your truck with a complete vehicle type approval. You get it quicker and avoid costly reconstruction work. You also get full warranty and Volvo aftermarket support, which makes for lower operating costs in the long run. Choose between a 10×4 and a 10×6 (with a driven front axle).
Learn more about the five-axle trucks
EBS. Now also for drum brakes.
With the latest addition to our brake program, choosing drum brakes doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the brakes. Electronically-controlled brakes (EBS) offer a number of huge benefits compared to a conventional system, providing significantly better response, performance and brake feel. What’s more, you get access to a range of useful features, such as brake blending (where the auxiliary brakes assist the service brakes), Hill Start Aid and Launch Control (where the brakes cooperate with I-Shift). EBS is available for a selected range of axle configurations and chassis heights.
Flexible chassis layout
Battery box (BBOX-L)
It is moved forward 300 mm compared with previous design. On tractors this offers 100–120 litres more fuel capacity.
Battery box (BBOX-EF)
Placed in the rear between the chassis frames is an option on tractors.
On tractors a 50-litre AdBlue tank can be mounted on top of frame, behind the cab, offering more fuel capacity (ADTP-BC).
The Air Production Modulator (APM) is on tractors placed between the chassis frames in order to create more space for chassis-mounted equipment such as fuel tanks.
Free frame space
The chassis packaging can be moved rearwards to create space for crane legs or other equipment. (FAA10; approx. 500 mm), (FAA20; approx. 600 mm).
Frame body builder hole row
The upper hole-row is reserved for the body builder. All brackets in upper hole-row have an offset and an 8 mm spacer. No rivets are used in the upper hole-row.
Crane plates on the chassis can be factory mounted.
Rear air suspension and short rear end
The rear overhang can be shorter thanks to a redesigned forward-mounted stabiliser bar. This is a benefit for construction applications and improves the asphalt-layer interface and swapbody applications.