Turns out it isn't gonna be the case in about 4 months time....
|SMRT's Enviro500 double deck! Though it quickly became not to be the only SMRT double deck in service in 4 months time.|
|MAN Lion's City Double Deck meets Alexander Dennis Enviro500!|
|MAN meets MAN!|
"We confirm that SMRT Buses will put on trial one new MAN double-deck bus at the manufacturer's request. The trial will last a year. This is part of our ongoing effort to test new bus models. Our commuters have welcomed the addition of double-deckers to our growing fleet of buses to meet increased demand." - https://www.facebook.com/SMRTCorpSG/posts/821427307878500
Bodied by Gemilang, it is promoted under the MAN Lion's City branding as a complete bus. There was a prototype that was spotted with a Lion's City Double Deck design in white though the fate of that vehicle is unknown.
|MAN Lion's City Double Deck!|
|The MAN Lion's City Double deck, supposedly in pseudo-old SMRT livery without the SMRT logo apparently painted in grey (or edited?)|
|As compared to the actual Lions City Double deck! Photo by http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/NEOMAN_A39_2007-03-15.jpg|
|Upper deck rear window being slightly curved. Though the bottom half is similar to that of its European cousin.|
|Some of the the design cues came from this bus which was also bodied by Gemilang - even some of the interior too.|
An aesthetics change is at the front - instead of silver under the windscreen, it is black! Does look better as compared to the ones we've been seeing on the MAN buses.
|Black under the windscreen, making the MAN front bumper stand out!|
|As compared with the existing MAN bus paintjob.|
Originally thought to be a new Mobitec signage, it turns out to be an Aesys signge.
|The front signage is by Aesys - a first for SMRT Buses.|
The offside has a unique feature - though it is not visible at all from the exterior.
|Spot the extra window at the staircase area.|
|Spot the window?|
|And it's the first public bus to have 3 signal indicators per side for the rear of the bus.|
|And finally it enters service on 190|
And if the interior looks similar - it's because it is also based off the Gemilang bodied Volvo B9TL, which sees the adjustable aircon outlet making an appearance on the Lion's City double deck too.
|The interior is a mix of the MAN NL323F layout, SBS7777Y style design (including the ster New City seats)|
|The upper deck is pretty similar to SBS7777Y too.|
|The upper deck of SBS7777Y|
|Similar to MAN NL323F!|
|The wheelchair bay, no foldable seat this time round - just a cushion.|
|Following the Enviro's 3 side facing seat arrangement.|
|The staircase, with a padding at the bottom of the steps to mitigate impacts if you slip and fall.|
|The front upper deck windscreen of the MAN Lion's City Double Deck!|
|The front half of the bus~|
|SMRT's now also an operator of the MAN bendy, double deck and rigid - all 3 types of buses as of today! Photo from SMRT's Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/SMRTCorpSG/photos/a.568073366547230.1073741829.566549713366262/822866911067873/?type=1&theater|