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Making A Bestseller Even Better: MCI’S 2018 J4500 Coach

Posted on June 26, 2017

Photo via MCI
Photo via MCI
DES PLAINES, Ill. — Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the largest bus and motorcoach manufacturer and parts supplier in North America, has disclosed improvements to its MCI J4500 coach.

Determined to out-best the best, MCI’s engineers have redefined the interior cabin of the J4500 in a way that will delight passengers, please drivers, and satisfy results-oriented operators.

Not only is the interior on 2018 J4500 stunning, the North American motorcoach leader has been able to achieve a highly sought after amenity‒more legroom, and a comfortable 60-seat capacity.

The new coach will be unveiled during MCI Reliability Rallies in the U.S. and Canada starting in July. 

A reconfigured lavatory and air-intake system produced 20 in. of new floor space in the 2018 model. It allows for best-in-class legroom and an optional rear window, the first ever on an MCI coach.  New standard touches include state-of-the-art indirect LED ceiling lights, puck-style spotlights, and entryway illumination. With these updates and the addition of new rear window views, the cabin feels more spacious and looks more beautiful than ever before.

“We’re very proud to unveil this coach to our current and future operators,” said Ian Smart, MCI president. “It has been a collaborative effort at MCI, where we focused on operator needs and passenger wants. Our 2018 J4500 is now more modern, but everything’s built on MCI reliability that our operators count on. We serve many innovators in the transportation industry, and we think they will like what they see.”

Photo via MCI
Photo via MCI
“Our goal was to move the needle with high impact improvements for the operator,” said Brent Maitland, MCI vice president of marketing and product planning. “We wanted to improve the revenue- generating cabin space by increasing the usable floor space and seating capacity with an upgraded interior for greater passenger appeal.”

Maitland explains the project began in 2015 and was split in two – the first was focused on space maximization and the second on interior redesign.

To capture the extra 20 in. of space, MCI engineers lowered the air intake system duct 4.5 ft. to just above the belt line of the coach, and reoriented the lavatory, achieving a more comfortable fit with 22% more in volume total. This reconfiguration allowed the last row of seats to move back 20 in. in total, providing a minimum of 15 in. more usable floor space that translates into at least a half-inch of more legroom per passenger than its closest competitors in a 56-passenger seating configuration. It also creates even seat spacing on both sides, and provides a more comfortable 60-passenger seating configuration.

Photo via MCI
Photo via MCI

Lowering the air-intake created space for MCI’s rear window and a 500% increase in the side rear transom window for better  views from the last two seats, and mechanical advantages such as improved engine air filtration and easier maintenance. The new Optair hybrid filter system from Cummins includes a standard centrifugal pre-cleaner to remove dust and water, defining a new frontier in engine air intake cleanliness.

Source: MCI press release

Related Topics: buses, Motor Coach Industries, motorcoaches

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