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LEYLAND Bus has introduced its long-awaited B60 low-floor rear-engined city bus chassis, which is also to be available as a complete integral bus during the latter half of 1985 and will be named the Lynx.
Initially, most will be supplied to export markets and will be available with various types of superstructures to meet local bodying needs.
The Lynx is to be built at the Leyland Bus Workington plant alongside Leyland National 2, Royal Tiger coaches, Olympian chassis and National-based railbuses.
New robotic welders are being installed to build the allwelded chassis structure which features open channel-section members. The standard frame offers a lower floor height of around 500mm at the front of the bus to just over 900mm at the rear. A compact driveline allows a 3m rear overhang.
The front and rear suspension uses single trailing flexible links at each axle with two outboard air springs.
The transmission and final drive is both simple and compact. A fully-automatic Hydracyclic four-speed transmission is offered with an integral retarder and with a fluid coupling.
A torque converter version will be available in 1985.
The rear axle is a new Leyland unit featuring a pressed steel casing with low bowl height to allow a low saloon floor.
Engine options include the Leyland TL11H rated at up to 2 1 Obhp or the Gardener 6HLXCT up to 205bhp. The engine is longitudinal and horizontally mounted. The Olympianfront axle is used together with Leyland S-cam brakes.
The Lynx chassis is also to be available for double-deck bodywork and may be adapted as the basis for a pusher-type articulated bus.