Live test of the ground clearance on Volvo FMX

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Improved ground clearance on the Volvo FMX

Improved ground clearance

Spring members. Air bellows. Stabilisers. They’ve traditionally sat below the axle, in the line of fire for rocks and stones. Not any more. Our engineers turned the air suspension upside down and placed it on top of the drive axle. The result? You get the ground clearance of leaf suspension with the comfort and efficiency of air suspension.

Short rear overhang on the Volvo FMX

Shorter overhang

The new suspension design leaves nothing behind the rear axle to interfere with tipping. So you’re now able to tip directly into an asphalt paver.  

Air suspension means less vibrations and a comfortable ride

Better traction, fewer vibrations

Optimised rear axle pressure on every axle means better traction. Further improvements can be made by manually adjusting axle load distribution. Air suspension also sends less vibration into the truck. The resulting comfort and higher average speed boost your productivity (an increase of 5–10 km/h in our tests). And reduced vibration damage means better uptime.

Stabilisers in the bogie centre improve stability

Stabilisers in bogie centre

Improved stabilisers play an important role in the new air suspension. Turned upside down and located centrally between axles, these now convey the forces of the road and the trailer into the stiffest part of the frame to improve roll stability. 

Volvo FMX with GRAS-G2 is prefect for tippers and asphalt layers

Air suspension

Air suspension provides outstanding driving comfort and makes it possible to vary the ground clearance. No part of the suspension falls outside the rear tyre envelope (with 315/80R22.5 tyres). This makes it easier to adapt the chassis for applications such as asphalt layers or tippers.

GRAS-G2 rear air suspension is available cross the range

Across the range

GRAS-G2 rear air suspension is available cross the range: 4×2, 4×4, 6×2, 6×4, 6×6, 8×2, 8×4 and 8×6. This includes the Tridem concept, which is designed to handle a gross weight of 36 tonnes on the three-axle bogie and 10 tonnes on the front.

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Roll with it

Test-drive a Volvo FMX with rear air suspension and you’ll feel the difference. Instantly. Your local Volvo Trucks dealer has the keys.

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