New Crown 7-Series IC forklift range unveiled

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Crown has launched an updated version of its proven C-G and C-D Series 2- to 3.5-tonne internal combustion lift truck ranges, providing customers with improved performance, comfort, safety and low running costs

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The new C-G and C-G 7-Series, available with both diesel and LPG engine options and lift capacities ranging from 2000 to 3500 kilograms, is replacing Crown’s previous Pro 5 Series range.

The launch of the 7-Series coincides with Crown celebrating 20 years of internal combustion engine lift truck sales in Australia. Those sales began in 1998 and have expanded to include models with capacities up to 25 tonnes.

The 7-Series highlights a number of evolutionary upgrades, inspired by customer feedback, which build on the strengths of the Pro 5 Series.

Those refinements include a new counterweight body with better airflow to aid cooling, ergonomic upgrades for comfort, improved visibility through-mast on 2- and 2.5-tonne models, and an all-new analogue dashboard for easier function monitoring.

Tried-and-proven LPG and diesel engines power the 7-Series models, delivering a combination of proven reliability and up-to-the-minute features.

The Yanmar 3.3-litre, direct-injection diesel engine powering the C-D Series delivers 44 kilowatts of power and 181 Newton metres of torque at 1600rpm, delivering strong response at low engine speeds. It meets Euro Stage IIIA compliance or EPA Interim Tier IV standards for low emissions.

Featuring a valve train that requires no valve lash adjustment, the Mitsubishi LPG engine in the C-G Series develops 49 kilowatts and 183 Newton metres at 2000rpm. Its camshaft and balance shaft designs result in smooth operation for reduced operator fatigue.

The 7-Series’ power plants are aided by increased cooling from the new counterweight body, which helps it perform better in hot Australian conditions. Both engines breathe through dual-element air cleaners which have been designed to extend engine life by preventing contaminants entering the combustion chamber.

Numerous other features that have helped the Pro 5 Series earn its reputation for reliability have been retained. These include its oil-cooled disc brake system, Powershift transmission and top-mounted control valve to modulate clutch oil pressure for long transmission life.

Crown Equipment Asia Pacific director of sales and marketing, Craig Kenchington, says the refinements found on the new 7-Series models will help continue the positive reputation of Crown’s internal combustion engine range.

"Crown decided to step up from being just the number-one brand in electric lift trucks when it introduced internal combustion lift trucks 20 years ago," he says.

"Since then our growing IC range has endeared itself to buyers and drivers alike with its excellent driving characteristics – comfort, performance and ease of control – as well as being a reliable ownership proposition.

"The 7-Series did not require major changes however enhancements such as the new counterbalance body with better cooling capabilities for Australian conditions, improved visibility and ergonomics and updated controls serve to make a better truck overall and a great way to mark our internal combustion milestone."

As a part of its extensive internal combustion range, Crown also offers the premium C-5 Series featuring a Crown-built engine and advanced cooling system. The company also offers the recently revised, economically priced GX Plus Series diesel and LPG models. 

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