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A 3-axle Levante operated by National Express.
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Step entrance, wheelchair access at entrance using lifts.|
|Chassis||Scania K EB
|Engine||Scania EGR (Scania K EB)
Volvo DH12C, DH12E (Volvo B12B)
Volvo D9B (Volvo B9R) and Mercedes Benz.
|Transmission||I-Shift, 6-speed Ecomat automatic and ZF Automatic|
|Length||12.60m (2 axles) and 14.20m (3 axles)|
The Caetano Levante is a coach body built on the Scania K EB 6x2 & 4x2, Volvo B12B 4x2 chassis, Volvo B9R 4x2 chassis and recently Volvo B11R 4x2 chassis, exclusively for National Express in the UK. It was designed by a brief given by National Express for 'an easy access vehicle to schedule 1 of the Disability Discrimination Act with the wow factor'.
Originally only available on the Volvo B12B chassis, the Levante enabled both able-bodied and wheelchair passengers to enter the vehicle via the front door, using a combination of a front mounted lift and two single pedestal mounted seats in place of the traditional double at the front nearside of the passenger area.
This model is similar to a Portuguese market model, Caetano Winner, which was presented in 2004 and was born from a collaboration with Evobus with the first units being equipped with Mercedes-Benz OC500 chassis, but other manufacturers' chassis can be applied.