2006 BMC Professional

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The BMC Professional is a highly versatile range of commercial vehicles designed for medium and heavy duty applications. The BMC Professional is available with both sleeper and day cabs and comes with a cab over engine configuration.

The truck has a payload of up to 50000 kg and it’s powered by a range of Cummins engines which develop a maximum output of 410 hp and 2000 Nm of torque. The BMC professional is also offered with a choice of 4x2 and 6x4 axle configurations which makes it eligible for a wide range of jobs.

Design

BMC Professional

Despite its utilitarian nature, the BMC Professional features a modern exterior style dominated by dynamic lines. To offer easy access to the engine, the cab tilts forward offering maximum practicality.

The radiator grille is pretty thin, but it comes with a nice “V” shape pattern which gives the truck a dynamic look. The bumper has also a modern style and is seamlessly integrated into the front fascia.

The headlights are placed lower into the bumper and feature a tasty design language which helps the truck to stand out from the crowd. To enhance the utilitarian character of the vehicle, BMC added a fairly aggressive front air intake which is fitted together with the main headlights and the round fog lamps into the wraparound bumper.

The side view reveals sloped door windows, huge exterior mirrors and a set of convenient footsteps that were designed to offer easy aces inside.

Interior

BMC Professional

If the exterior design looked surprisingly good we can’t say the same thing about the interior, as it looks dull and dated. The entire dashboard has a rudimentary appearance and the plastics are part of the third class, while the build quality isn’t at the same level with other trucks in the segment either. Though, we’ll have to admit that you are treated with a fair amount of space and you won’t complain about head- or leg-room.

The instrument cluster is pretty basic and it’s fitted with a huge central speedometer flanked by three other smaller gauges on each side. There are also other smaller indicators at the bottom of the cluster. All of them have an intuitive layout and can be read without any problems during both day and night.

The center console comes with a conventional layout and it’s not slightly angled towards the driver like most of today’s trucks. Yet, its controls aren’t too hard to reach and you won’t have any major complains in this department.

On the other hand, the seats are among the worse units you’ll find around and they are devoid of any sort of proper side bolstering. The back support isn’t brilliant either, but at least the under thigh support is reasonable. Thankfully, they do have a few adjustments, so you’ll be able to find a less uncomfortable driving position.

The steering wheel looks ancient and besides it awful design it’s also to thin to offer a confident grab. On the other hand, it can be adjusted for both reach and rake thus enhancing the comfort.

Due to the high driving position and the gargantuan panoramic windscreen the outward visibility is nothing short of excellent. You can also rely with confidence n the lateral windows and the exterior mirrors as they’ll do their job just fine and can keep you well informed at any time.

As most trucks in the segment, the BMC Professional’s cab is fitted with plenty of cup holders and storage places to make your life on board easier.

Engines and performance

BMC Professional

The truck is equipped with a powerful Euro 2 Cummins ISMe Diesel engine. Maximum power is rated at 410 hp @ 1900 rpm with a peak torque of 2000 Nm achieved from as low as 1200 rpm.

The engine isn’t as efficient as other units in the segment but we’ll have to admit that its fairly strong and offers a spirited driving. Even if the truck is loaded at its full capacity you will receive a proper response from the engine and the truck can also negotiate without problems with uphill sections or slippery situations. On the road, the ISMe feels flexible and delivers good drivability in all situations.
The engine is mated on a ZF 16 speed transmission which is able to keep in leash its massive power at any time. The gear ratios were wisely selected and the transmission copes great with the utilitarian nature of the truck. Ratio changes are clean, crisp and well programmed to get the best from the engine.

The BMC Professional is also fitted with a strong retarder who despite not being the strongest you’ll find around, it’s still able to do its job with dignity and will come in handy when you’ll need to deal with downhill sections. It’s also useful because it spares the life of the service brakes.

BMC Professional Engine Specifications

Enginehp@rpmnm@rpm
Cummins ISMe410 @ 19002000@1200

Ride and handling

BMC Professional

For the front axle, the BMC Professional is equipped with semi elliptical leaf springs combined with telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar, while at the back it gets tandem leaf springs. The ride is more on the bumpy side as the suspensions will send the biggest road bumps directly into the cab.

The power assisted system however, works well delivering good feedback that’s easy to gauge, even with the longer wheelbase models. In straight line driving, some minute corrections are required from time to time, but this is nothing out of the ordinary. There is also a pretty small body roll which means that the truck stays pretty well planted on its wheels.

Verdict

BMC Professional

Reasonable operating costs and reliability levels are working in BMC’s favor. The exterior style is also pretty modern but the cabin needs a lot of adjustments as it’s clearly dated and its definably one or maybe even two steps behind of most of today’s European trucks.

The Cummins engine is strong and can deal effortless with the arduous missions of the truck, but it’s not as efficient as other units in the segment.

The ride is a bit harsh but we’ll have to admit that the steering and handling abilities are reasonable so you won’t have major complains.

In the end, despite not being as technological advanced or as refined as its more upscale rivals, the BMC Professional is able to get the job done without too much fuss and it’s without a doubt a capable workhorse.


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