Prevost introduced its all-new, next-generation H3-45 during the 2023 UMA EXPO in Orlando, Fla., this past week. The redesigned H3-45 features a series of engineering advances that deliver improved fuel efficiency, an enhanced driver experience and ultimate comfort for passengers.
“The H3-45 is our flagship and has for the past two decades set the standard in the industry,” says Prevost President François Tremblay. “We’ve re-engineered all aspects of the coach in order to create a best-in-class vehicle that is an obvious standout. The interior, which has been completely redesigned, was inspired by the automobile and aerospace industries. Everything we executed on the H3-45 we did with the user experience in mind.”
Tremblay says the coach’s new aerodynamic shape makes it up to 12 percent more fuel efficient, which also produces a smoother ride and significantly reduces noise—advances that make driving the H3-45 easier and more comfortable. Another aerodynamic advantage is less soil dispersion, resulting in better mirror visibility for the driver and an overall cleaner exterior.
Prevost is also touting a plethora of top-to-bottom engineering, ergonomic, and aesthetic improvements surround drivers and passengers. For drivers, the H3-45 has more than a dozen advances, including an intuitive dash featuring elegant automotive styling with a full-color digital and analog instrument cluster and push-button start. On the safety and comfort side, the H3-45 boasts an HVAC system that’s 20 percent more powerful, defrosts 37 percent faster than SAE requirements and is eight decibels quieter.
For passengers, the host of amenities and safety features include a redesigned, larger entrance for easier boarding. Fewer sharp corners, a wider stair width (increased by 7 percent), and improved lighting all help with boarding. In addition, the interior has 50 percent more lighting to provide a brighter and more enjoyable experience and a new window layout delivers better sightlines and views.
Prevost has also made changes that make the H3-45 easier for operators to maintain. The new lighting system, which is all LED for a longer life, has a cleaning mode to fully illuminate the cabin for better visibility during interior cleaning and upkeep. For ease of maintenance, a front panel has been added to conveniently access and service the
wiper and defrost systems and driver air conditioning units. In addition, the front junction box, which provides access to the multiplex components, now has an interior door for improved protection and is 70 percent larger. Plus, three standardized passenger window and blind sizes reduce the need to stock excess inventory.
As part of that commitment, Prevost says it has built the largest service network in the industry with strategically placed, OEM-owned service centers and more than 160 service providers throughout North America dedicated to supporting the H3-45 and the entire line of coaches.
“2023 is an exciting time for Prevost,” says Commercial Operations Vice President Kevin Dawson. “The all-new H3-45 couples the quality, reliability, and serviceability that have been hallmarks of Prevost for nearly 100 years with advanced engineering innovations that have been implemented with the customer in mind.”
Following UMA, the H3-45 will hit the road for a months-long debut tour, including a stop at the 2023 CD/NLA Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 5-8.
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