Full Specification: Volvo 9600 Sleeper & Seater Buses

Full Specification: Volvo 9600 Sleeper & Seater Buses

Volvo Buses India, a division of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited, has launched the next-gen Volvo 9600 platform which will spawn factory-built sleeper and seater coaches in 15-metre 6×2 and 13.5-metre 4×2 configurations.

The Volvo 9600 has been derived from award-winning European design has its tall boy design marries fine aesthetics with generous space, the company said in a press note. 

The 15-metre seater coach has a passenger capacity of 55, whereas the Volvo 9600 sleeper coach has 40 berths.

The seater and sleeper applications incorporate 15.1 cu.m and 9.2 cu.m of luggage space respectively. 

Full Specification: Volvo 9600 Sleeper & Seater Buses
Interiors of Volvo 9600 sleeper bus. PC: Shantanu Autoclickz

The 13.5m coach seats up to 47 passengers, while the sleeper variant hosts 36 berths. The corresponding luggage space for the seater and sleeper variants are 13.6 cu.m and 8.1 cu.m respectively.

Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “The goal of our bus division at VECV is to shape the future of the Indian bus industry, and to transform public mobility.”

Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VECV, said, “The Volvo 9600 platform merges award-winning bus design, technology, and manufacturing processes with our successful ‘Make-In-India’ journey. As the bus industry recovers from a very tough period, bus operators continue to count on us to deliver solutions that address the aspirations of inter-city passengers for safe, luxurious, and globally contemporary coaches.

Coaches on the Volvo 9600 platform will be manufactured at the company’s Hosakote plant, which has a track record of producing fully built Volvo premium buses since 2008.

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Volvo 9600 Bus Varients

The newly introduced Volvo 9600 luxury buses are offered in two distinct sizes: 15 meters with a 6×2 configuration and 13.5 meters with a 4×2 layout.

Both these varients come in seater and sleeper options.

These buses can be ordered directly from the factory, providing the flexibility to choose between seating and sleeper configurations to meet varying passenger needs.

Volvo 9600 Engine Specifications

Full Specification: Volvo 9600 Sleeper & Seater Buses
PC: Shantanu Autoclickz

At the heart of the Volvo 9600 platform is a fuel-efficient Volvo D8K (8-litre) engine, delivering a power of 260kW (350hp) @ 2200 RPM and a torque of 1350 Nm @ 1200-1600 RPM.

The fuel-efficient engine along with its purpose-developed drivetrain is designed to minimise TCO and maximize uptime for bus operators.

The chassis includes the I-Shift automated manual gearbox, electronic braking system (EBS) Hill-start aid, and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems.

The 9600 platform is driver-friendly and has an ergonomically designed curved dashboard with controls for easy accessibility.

It also has air-suspended seats with adjustable headrests to ensure a fatigue-free experience for the driver, the company said.

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In addition, the Volvo 9600 series buses are equipped with the following:

  • The Volvo D8K engine boasts exceptional fuel efficiency, generating 260 kW of power while delivering impressive torque and drivability.
  • Enhanced front structural improvements have been incorporated for added durability.
  • The Volvo 9600 Bus offers a generous ground clearance of 350mm.
  • With a substantial fuel tank capacity of 540 liters, the Volvo 9600 Bus ensures extended journeys with fewer refueling stops.
  • Equipped with a high-performance engine, the Volvo 9600 delivers a remarkable 1350 hp of power, backed by a maximum torque of 350 Nm, and features a robust engine capacity of 3907 cc.
  • The Volvo 9600 Bus is built on an 8350 mm wheelbase, providing stability and a smooth ride.

The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the Volvo 9600 stands at 22,200 kg. The vehicle is equipped with hydraulic power-assisted steering, enhancing ease of maneuverability and control.

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Volvo 9600 Complete Engine Specifications

Engine & Transmission
Fuel typeDiesel
Power (HP)350
Torque (Nm)1350
Emission normBM-VI
Engine TypeVolvo D8K6350, Common Rail Injection
Number of gears12F and 4R
Gearbox12 Speed
Dimension & Capacity
Total vehicle weight (kg)22200
Length (mm)15000
Width (mm)2600
Height (mm)3800
Wheelbase (mm)8350
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)540
Body & Suspension
Suspension – frontFull air suspension with electronic cable
Suspension – Rear
Luggage space (15-meter seater)15.1 m3
Luggage space (15-meter sleeper)9.2 cu.m
Luggage space (13.5-meter sleeper)13.6 cu.m
Luggage space (13.5-meter seater)8.1 cu.m
Body & Suspension
Brakes – FrontVolvo Disc Brake (EBS)
Brakes – RearVolvo Disc Brake (EBS)
Front Tyre Size295/80 R22.5 18PR
Rear Tyre Size295/80 R22.5 18PR

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Volvo 9600 Bus Price in 2023

As of 2023, the price of the Volvo 9600 in India varies between Rs 1.3 Crores – 2 Crores, depending on the state of procurement.

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