From 2012, the availability of Plaxton’s top-selling Panther body on Scania’s K360 underframe will be a new option for UK coach operators, offering a return to what was a popular platform.
The Scania Panther SE will be a 12.8m-long high-specification coach, typically configured with 53 reclining seats with a centre sunken washroom, or with 57 recliners in fully-seated coaches. Also available will be a 12.3m version which will be fully DDA compliant.
“We are keen to appeal to the widest possible range of operators,” said Kevin Wood, Plaxton’s sales and marketing director, “and working with Scania adds an attractive option to the Plaxton coach line-up. We anticipate that the new model will bring incremental business to both ourselves and to Scania.”
Bob Nevitt of Scania (Great Britain) Limited, commented: “Scania is committed to providing its customers with a choice of highquality coaches. By working with the popular and highly respected British manufacturer Plaxton, we are able to offer operators greater choice and an attractive new model.”
The proven K360 underframe has a 360bhp Scania DC9 engine and Scania OptiCruise transmission. The DC9 engine uses EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) to meet Euro 5 emission limits and therefore does not require AdBlue.
The first Scania Panther SE coaches will be available for delivery in the spring of 2012. Sales will be handled by both Plaxton Coach Sales at Anston and Scania (Great Britain) Limited’s Worksop based coach sales team.