Spied – Was Volvo’s mystery bus actually the facelifted 8400 City Bus?

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The Volvo’s mystery bus which was spotted a few times while testing in Bengaluru appears to be the facelifted 8400 City Bus.

Volvo 8400 City Bus facelift frontVolvo 8400 City Bus facelift rear

The last time we received the spyshots of this bus, we spent a good part of two hours in trying to find a visual match for the test mule from Volvo’s existing global portfolio and came up empty handed. Now another test mule of this bus has surfaced again on the roads of Bengaluru, this time it’s not camouflaged.

Volvo 8400 City Bus facelift sideVolvo 8400 City Bus facelift front fender

The new test mule carries the same trade certificate plates as the one spotted earlier but there are enough differences between the two mules. The camouflaged bus had a different engine lid at the rear, also the cooling vents located at the rear fender don’t match with the new mule.

Volvo 8400 City Bus facelift rear

The uncamouflaged test mule was spotted testing in the heart of Bengaluru by our sharp eyed reader Mr. Visvaswantha Bhat. The roof mounted AC system of the bus is reminiscent with that of the current 8400 where as the previous test mule’s AC system covered larger area on the roof.

Volvo 8400 City Bus facelift engine lid

The basic shape of the front fascia of both the buses are the same but the dash boards (clearly visible through the front windshields of both the mules) are totally different. And interestingly, the LED board of the latest test mule reads ‘ABC Power Electronics’, leading us to think that the bus is tested for the newly added electronic systems.

There are two possible explanations:

  1. The previous test mule was a prototype of the 8400 facelift which might be used as a testbed for a new add-ons while the latest test mule is the actual facelift of the 8400.
  2. Both the test mules are of two different buses. The new mule is a facelift of the 8400 and the previous test mule still continues to be a mystery.

It’s only a matter of time before we stumble upon something concrete to solve Volvo’s puzzle. Stay tuned!

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