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March 11 2015
By The routeone team

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StreetDeck: Longer and lower

Longer and lower variants of Wrightbus’ Daimler-engined integral StreetDeck double-decker are on the way, the Ballymena manufacturer has announced, with delivery of the first production StreetDecks to begin soon.

The extended wheelbase adds around a metre to the vehicle length, taking it to 11,467mm, while the lower variant’s height is 4,200mm compared with the full-height StreetDeck’s 4,395mm, says Product Director Geoff Potter.

Low-height bodies will be available on both chassis lengths.

Mr Potter adds that the Gemini 3 body’s new, more angular front, unveiled on both StreetDeck and Volvo B5TL at Euro Bus Expo (routeone, Show Review, 12 November 2014), is the standard offering for StreetDeck and that the Gemini range’s long-established ‘smiley’ look will eventually be phased out.

“Our earlier design had almost become an institution in the bus industry, and we thought very long and hard before changing it.

“However, we have received an excellent response towards the new look from operators, and by mid-2015 it will be standard across our double-deck range, including bodies on Volvo B5TL and B5LH chassis.”

The new frontal design also sees a cab redesign incorporating a windscreen which is both ‘wrap-round’ and slightly angled backwards towards the top. Where operators elect to specify Wrightbus’ glazed staircase in tandem with the revised frontal aspect, the staircase window is larger than on bodies with the previous frontal design.

The Daimler G90 automated manual transmission (AMT) is expected to debut in StreetDeck towards the end of the year, he adds.

“The AMT looks like it will deliver fuel benefits, and we are surprised at how well tests with it have gone. There is a definite interest in it from operators.”

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