New Solaris Urbino presented at UITP

8 June 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Two versions of the new Solaris Urbino have been officially launched today at UITP World Congress & Exhibition 2015.

New Solaris Urbino presented at UITP

At an exhibition held in Milan, Solaris introduced two versions of the new Urbino bus in 12-metre standard and 18-metre articulated versions. The 12 and 18 metre diesel buses have been available since September 2014 however, the new design will be constructed for all powertrains beginning with battery buses and low entry vehicles. It is expected that by the end of 2016 the whole Solaris product portfolio will be implemented with the new design.

The buses have been in production from the first half of 2015 with the first customers expecting deliveries by the end of this month. The first new Solaris will be delivered to private Bavarian operator Josef Ettenhuber GmbH with deliveries following in Poland and Italy. The largest contract came from BOGESTRA, a public transport operator in the Ruhr area who ordered fourteen new Urbino 18 buses. The manufacturer also acquired orders from German operator üstra for the new Solaris with electric drive.

New Solaris Urbino presented at UITP

The new Solaris Urbino boasts a light robust construction and is built by skin-on-skin assembly ensuring efficient production. The bus has been designed to provide greater space in the passenger cabin with a pedestal-free floor area, wider and higher doors which will improve passenger flow, larger windows and LED lighting.

The engine tower has been prepared to fit engines of different sizes. Both engines used in the new vehicles – the newly developed DAF MX-11 (PACCAR) as well as the Cummins ISB6.7E6 meet the restrictive Euro 6 limits. Cummins will also provide the ISLG8.9E6 powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The new Solaris Urbino has been designed not just for the use of small and large Euro 6 diesel engines. Gas-fuelled engines, diesel-electric hybrids and electric drives have all been considered. It will be also available as a trolleybus, the Trollino.

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