CC Global: 2016 Renault T High Edition – Cozy Walk Through Cab

Besides automakers, truck manufacturers also offer special editions. Image boosters, aimed at small hauling companies and owner operators, equipped with the biggest cab and a powerful engine. Trucks and tractors with neat cab colors, special features inside and outside and loaded with goodies for more comfort and convenience.

A recent example is the Renault T High Edition, introduced in 2016 by the Dutch Renault Trucks dealerships. Later on, the T High Edition became also available in other European countries.

The Renault Trucks T-range of heavy on-highway trucks and tractors was launched in 2013. When I first saw them, I was a bit confused, to put it mildly. Especially its front looks rather unorthodox. Then again, it’s a French design, so why not? And now, more than 5 years later, I like them. Especially with a well-thought-out color scheme.

The T High Edition is only offered with the Volvo-based 12.8 liter engine, either with 480 or 520 DIN-hp. This one has the most powerful version.

The 4×2 tractor has an 8 (metric) tons front axle. Heavy-duty front axles with 8, 9 or even 10 tons maximum axle load are widely used on both trucks and tractors. Such axles always ride on super singles.

If you have to tow a semi-trailer with a total maximum axle load of 30 tons (3 axles of 10 tons each), all you need is a 4×2 tractor with a 9 tons front axle to get to the maximum legal Dutch big rig GVM of 50 tons. Just check the numbers, starting at the front: 9 + 11.5 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 50.5 tons.

The drive axle’s air suspension. Front axles with air suspension are becoming more and more common.

The cab’s air suspension. If you insist, you can opt for a mechanical cab suspension. Naturally, the seats also have air suspension.

A top-down approach of the Renault T High sleeper cab. Even tall boys and girls can walk through, straight up, given the fully flat floor and a floor to roof distance of 213 cm (7 ft).

The cockpit of the T High Edition with red accents, carbon-look trim, a leather steering wheel and leather seats with ditto arm rests. Faux or genuine, don’t ask me. It doesn’t really matter.

Cuppa T?

Here’s another Renault T High Edition, displayed at the same event. Black instead of dark blue, less accessoires and less chrome, yet technically this 2017 tractor is exactly the same.

Last year, Renault unveiled the T High Special Edition. A front axle with air suspension comes with the package. Now if that isn’t a special edition, I don’t know what is…