BharatBenz to preview ‘Thunderbolt’ range to dealers – IAB Report

Posted on: Mar 23, 2015 - 10:18pm IST

Was showcased as a concept in Hanover last year.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) will preview the ‘Thunderbolt’ range of products under its BharatBenz brand to select dealers at an event planned in late March at its plant in Oragadam near Chennai, sources tell IAB.

The Thunderbolt range is set to consist of heavy-duty products specially designed for the mining sector and freight sector in India. It is set to be rolled out in India this year.

BharatBenz 3143 concept mining truck
The BharatBenz 3143 concept, showcased at the IAA, Hanover last September, will provide the base for the 3143C and the 3143CM trucks.

Showcased as a concept at the IAA in Hanover last September, the 3143 Concept was designed with the needs of the Indian mining sector. The first two products from this concept, the 3143CM and the 3143C, are set to be part of the Thunderbolt range.

The 3143CM is a deep-mining tipper built on the existing Heavy Duty Truck chassis that is based on the Mercedes-Benz Axor platform. The 3143C, a coal-carrier, is set to be the second product. Both trucks will be powered by a 430 hp engine and are set to feature a short wheelbase, with a GVW of 48 tonnes.

Daimler 3143 Concept side
The trucks are set to feature 430 hp engines and have a load capacity of 48 tonnes.

The other product, the 4940TT, is a tractor-trailer also targeting the mining sector. The 4940 will also be built on the HDT platform. Other specifications are expected to surface closer to the launch.

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3 thoughts on “BharatBenz to preview ‘Thunderbolt’ range to dealers – IAB Report

  1. RIJO JOSEPH says:

    As per CMVR it is 31 tonne GVW, and it’s technical capacity is 48 Gvw

  2. Hello Ameya, we meant GVW, it has been corrected now.

  3. Dr. Nayak says:

    I know it is too early to write eulogy for Tata trucks, but Daimler is doing a fantastic job in terms of marketing these trucks. I wish Tata could improve their image and listen to their customers. As these trucks are made in India and knowing Tata they may have more local content. Now I can’t even say “buy local or Indian”
    as MB/BB has more R&D employees in India than the entire Tata-JLR R&D count.


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