A MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus, decorated in Lush Green, made its debut appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. The bus is one of two concept buses commissioned by LTA to provide the public with a glimpse of how buses would look like in the future, the other being a Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC (2015 Facelift).
The concept bus features three doors and two staircases, with new features such as seats with headrests, USB charging ports, stylish interior lighting and a Passenger Information Display that will give real-time information on the next bus-stop along its route, integrated with bus stop announcements.
Contract PT236 was awarded to Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd for S$610,000.00 on 8 Oct 2015, and also to Alexander Dennis (Asia Pacific) Ltd for S$498,500.00, beating Cycle & Carriage, MCV, Yutong and Volvo. The MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus was the final product of this undertaking. As Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) was the local authorized dealer for MAN Bus and Truck in Singapore, it was only logical that their bus would be built on a MAN bus chassis.
The bus was showcased at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival in March-April 2016. Subsequently, it was returned to its bodybuilder in Malaysia, Gemilang Coachworks, for modification works. The entrance, which was originally a single-leaf Outward Swinging Door, was changed to a pair of conventional double-leaf Inward Swinging Doors. Reflective warning signs and stripes were also pasted on the wing mirrors.
On Tuesday, 19 July 2016, the bus was driven back to Singapore. The bus was displayed during LTA’s Walk Cycle Ride (WCR) SG Symposium at MediaPolis the day after. The bus currently bears a number plate, SG5999Z, and is expected to begin road trials in the future.
The bus is a 12.8-metre long MAN Lion’s City DD L, built on a MAN A95 chassis. Originally 12 metres long, the chassis was manually extended to 12.8 metres, by cutting the chassis before the second axle and adding a chassis extension by welding.
Lower deck seating was sacrificed to make way for the rear staircase, which leads to a third door just next to the second door of the bus (both exit doors controlled together with the from the driver’s cab). Elements of the rest of the interior design shares characteristics with other MAN Lion’s City DD buses in Singapore and abroad. The additional “L” in the model designation indicates the extended length of this bus.
A three-door double-deck bus is not new to MAN; such buses were produced in large numbers for the European market, notably the design where the second staircase led to a third door at the back of the bus (similar to the ADL Enviro500 mock-up bus or the New Bus for London). The unique design presented in the mock-up where the second and three doors function side-by-side as a single exit door is a new concept not new to this demonstration unit, but nevertheless a novel and relatively new design.
As the mock-up was built on an existing MAN A95 chassis, it is fully functioning and equipped with an engine, unlike the ADL Enviro500 MMC mock-up where the engine was not installed. While exact specifications are unknown, the MAN A95 is supplied with either a 235kW/320hp or a 265kW/360hp Euro V engine. MAN also offers a Euro VI-compliant engine with this specification of bus, which consumes diesel exhaust fluids such as AdBlue. Throughout the duration of the carnival, the bus is powered by an external electricity source.
The construction of this bus was done in Gemilang Coachworks, an authorized MAN bus building workshop based in Johor, and subsequently delivered to Singapore as a complete unit.
Interior (Lower Deck):
The lower deck features 19 permanent seats. A single wheelchair bay opposite the front staircase can also function as a seating area with four foldable seats when the bus is less crowded, and can be locked in the stowed position by the bus driver from the driver’s cab. A second wheelchair bay is located behind the front staircase, and doubles up as a single foldable seat when not in use.
Depending on future specifications, two more foldable seats or a luggage rack can be featured, and this mock-up features both.
Interior (Upper Deck):
The upper deck features 55 upper deck seats and two staircases. Also equipped is a fully functioning Passenger Information Display, which provides real-time information on the next bus-stops along its route, integrated with bus stop announcements. Unique to this design is the pair of rear-facing seats just behind the front staircase.