KENWORTH DISPLAYS LATEST INNOVATIONS AT BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW

Australian heavy-duty truck market leader, Kenworth will feature an impressive seven truck line-up at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show held on 14-17 May at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Kenworth brand will exhibit with DAF under the ‘PACCAR World’ banner at Stand 77, offering show goers a chance to see and experience a selection of the latest industry-leading Kenworth and DAF models up close.

All Kenworth trucks on show are designed and manufactured at PACCAR’s Melbourne production facility, ensuring the product line-up is ideally suited to our conditions.

In commenting on the impressive display, PACCAR Australia’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Hadjikakou, said the team had once again gone all out to provide Brisbane audiences with the highest quality Kenworth stand, showcasing a wide range of models and latest technologies.

“We know from previous Brisbane Truck Shows that our customers are passionate about the Kenworth brand. We’ve worked hard to provide patrons with a memorable stand that will showcase a broad selection of our conventional and cab over models,” Andrew said.

“Also on display will be the brand’s latest advancements including the new Business Class interiors, innovative Active Cab Entry (ACE) system on the K200, and an in-depth display focusing on the versatile and efficient PACCAR MX-13 engine.”

K200 now with the new ‘King Suite’ sleeper bunk

Simply put, the K200 is a trucking icon.  It’s a familiar shaped cabin and easily-recognisable on the road, but beyond its versatile performance, is a model that’s packed with the latest in transport industry innovation, technology and comfort.

The K200 cab over has long been known for its ability to efficiently haul big loads up to 26m across B-Double, B-Triple and Road Train applications, but now more than ever, it’s excelling in the areas of driver comfort, liveability and convenience thanks to the Business Class interior with the luxurious ‘King Suite’ sleeper bunk.

Available as an option in the 2.8m Aerodyne cab, the commodious ‘King Suite’ sleeper bunk features a 1,070mm wide king-single sleeper mattress and over 48 litres of increased storage space. When designing the ‘King Suite’ Bunk, Kenworth’s engineers were able to cleverly enhance liveability, convenience and function by introducing an optional illuminated tri-storage compartment at the rear of the cab, and an additional under-bunk storage compartment, whilst also increasing toolbox volume. The intuitive design of the ‘King Suite’ elevates the K200’s Business Class interior to an unprecedented level of luxury and comfort and will be on display for the first time at this year’s show.

Of course driver comfort and convenience only forms one aspect of Australia’s best-selling heavy duty truck model.  Comfort accounts for nothing if it can’t get the tough jobs done while also delivering high levels of active and passive safety features.

The K200 prime mover on display is rated to 90 tonne GCM and features a powerful yet fuel efficient Cummins 15-litre ISXe5 SCR engine, producing 525 hp (391KW) and 1,850 lb/ft (2,500 Nm) of torque. Mated to the powerplant is an UltraShift Plus FO-20E318B-MXP Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) which feeds power to the Meritor RT46-160 rear axles.

On the safety front, the display truck is fitted with selected modules from Kenworth’s Electronic Brake Safety Systems (EBSS) including anti-lock braking (ABS), Automatic Traction Control (ATC), drag torque control (DTC) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well as 12-volt Trailer Response Management (TRM).

For easy cabin entry and egress on the K200, show goers can experience the Active Cab Entry (ACE) system. This is an automated step system whereby a set of wide, non-slip steps deploy out beneath the door, and LED lights illuminate the cab foot wells. Full-length grab rails also make it safer to enter and exit the vehicle, by enabling three-point contact to be maintained at all times. The ACE system is an ideal option for drivers on applications requiring more frequent cab entry and exit.

 

‘Business Class’ across the range

Visitors to the Brisbane Truck Show will get to experience the new ‘Business Class’ interior in Kenworth’s conventional model range. Kenworth’s conventional cab has undergone a major upgrade – both inside and out. It includes a host of innovations which greatly improve driver comfort, safety and productivity. There is now an identical cab across the conventional range, not only in look and feel but also dimension. The interior features a luxurious, high quality finish that is available in a broad range of contemporary colour and trim choices.

The new conventional model Business Class interior includes Kenworth’s Smart Wheel steering wheel with finger-tip controls, a reconfigured curved dash, overhead console and privacy curtains; all of which make a roomier, safer, more functional driver environment.  Full-length grab rails provide safer entry and exit from the vehicle, by enabling three-point contact to be maintained at all times.

The T359 cab has a higher ceiling and more depth. This provides more head space and room for seat adjustment, which will benefit larger drivers. The T659 and the C509 cabs also have more seat room and a curved windscreen for enhanced forward visibility, both of which are now standard across the conventional truck range.

Entering the cab, the first thing you notice is the ergonomically-designed dash which curves around the driver, and the convenient overhead console. This improves visibility and provides easier access to all instruments and information displays.

The entire layout has been redesigned, repositioning frequently-used equipment closer to the driver and less-used items further away. Radios and auxiliary switches have also been moved from the overhead console to the main console, so that they are easier to reach. This has allowed us to make room for more storage areas in the overhead console but, most importantly, it reduces the opportunities for driver distraction and improves the driver’s field of vision.

To provide easy access to the new cab and interior features, Kenworth will display a conventional model cut cab featuring the new Business Class interior at the Brisbane Truck Show.

Andrew Hadjikakou said developing the Business Class interior was a two-year process that given the end result, was well worth the wait.

“The new conventional cab and Business Class interior is the result of two years research and development, and takes cues from Kenworth’s K200 cab-over interior, which received rave reviews from customers following its interior upgrade. Operators were very impressed with the driver-friendly innovations and overall spaciousness and comfort. That feedback inspired us to go one step further with the cabs in our conventional trucks,” Andrew said.

“The Business Class interior provides great advancements in terms of spaciousness and comfort – there’s a renewed emphasis on ergonomics resulting in easy-to-reach controls and gauges and improved visibility all round.”

“Feedback on this improved functionality has been excellent and owners are also very pleased with the improved aesthetics, as well as the variety of interior colour and trim options now available.”

“There are also benefits in the Business Class interior to fleet operators – drivers can now move from one vehicle to the other and enjoy a more uniform experience with gauges and switches being easier to locate.”

 

Bold and beautiful conventionals to get the job done

One of the features of the Kenworth display is the classically-styled T659 road train, a favoured prime mover particularly for multi-trailer livestock transportation.  Developed for extreme applications, the T659 combines proven reliability with comfort and performance no matter what the conditions.

The range is available in a variety of engine, transmission and axle choices, allowing the customer to tailor a package to best suit the intended application.

The display truck features an ISXe5 engine with 550 hp (410 kW) and 1,850 lb/ft (2,508 Nm) of torque.  The engine is coupled to an Eaton Roadranger RTLO22918B 18-speed manual transmission.

The Roadranger has long been the favoured transmission for demanding applications given its robust construction, parts availability and ease of servicing.  Five variants of the Roadranger are available in the T659 range. Completing the high quality driveline offerings are Dana D52-190 axles and Kenworth 21-tonne multi-leaf rear suspension.

Sleeping quarters come courtesy of a 50” Aero Modular sleeper, one of the most comfortable available.  And from behind the driver’s seat, visibility through the large, curved windscreen is excellent down the T659’s gently-sloped bonnet.

To further increase driving pleasure and minimise fatigue, the truck’s ‘Smart Wheel’ steering wheel provides fingertip access for engine brake, high beam headlights and cruise functions.  The cabin also offers convenient storage compartments, privacy curtain and a range of seating options designed to keep the driver feeling fresh behind the wheel.

Alongside the T659 will be the rugged T909. This traditional-style, long-bonneted truck is extremely versatile and excels in almost any application, from logging to livestock, pulling a single trailer or a triple road train, where the front axle weight is critical.

Rated to a GCM of 115 tonne, the 6×4 prime mover on display is paired with a Cummins ISXe5 engine generating 550 hp (410 kW) and 1,850 lb/ft (2,508 Nm) of torque. It includes an Eaton Roadranger RTLO22918B 18-speed manual gearbox, and Meritor RT50-160GP rear axles riding on Kenworth 21-tonne multi-leaf rear suspension. It is also fitted with Kenworth’s Aero 50-inch sleeper.

Also on show will be the T609, Kenworth’s premium aerodynamic conventional prime mover, which is ideal for multiple trailer combinations, including B double and road-trains.

Rated to 90 tonne, the display truck is mated with a Cummins ISXe5 SCR 525 hp (391 kW) engine producing 1,850 lb/ft (2,508 Nm) of torque. It features Eaton’s RTLO20918B 18-speed manual gearbox, Meritor RT46-160 rear axles, Airglide 460 rear suspension, plus Kenworth’s 36-inch integrated sleeper, Aero Flat Back.

Representing the T4 Series are the T409 and T409SAR.  Both the display vehicles are equipped with PACCAR MX-13 engines producing 510 hp (375 kW) and 1,850 lb/ft (2,500 Nm) of torque.

The T409 is ideal for maximum payload single trailer and 26metre B-Double combinations and very suitable for general freight or tanker operations.

Its T409SAR stablemate is well suited to provide maximum payload under Australian regulations for 19metre B-Double and most quad dog applications, whilst also providing extra versatility to fit the 26 metre B –Double envelope with the 36” sleeper.

The T409 features the Eaton’s UltraShift Plus Automated Manual Transmission that’s been specifically optimised to the PACCAR MX-13 engine, while the T409SAR uses the more traditional RTLO22918B 18-speed manual gearbox.  Both vehicles share the same Dana D46-170 rear axles and rear suspension base, Kenworth’s Airglide 460 for the T409SAR and Airglide 400 in the T409.The T409 is equipped with the 36” Aero Roof Recessed Back sleeper while the T409SAR features a 36” sleeper but with a mid-roof.

Completing the line-up is the T359A which offers exceptional manoeuvrability and visibility in a conventional truck. The T359A is the ideal solution for high-volume concrete agitator tasks where it can deliver maximum loads and maximum productivity. The T359A on display will feature a concrete agitator bowl.

Rated to a GVM of 28.5 tonne, the T359A is powered by a Cummins ISLe5 SCR engine, producing 360 hp (269 kW) and 1,180 lb/ft (1,600 Nm) of torque. It includes a six-speed Allison 3200P automatic gearbox, Dana DSH40P rear axles including 2x DCDL (driver controlled differential lock) and Airglide 400 rear suspension.

Andrew said that for many operators it was difficult to resist the allure of a large and powerful conventional cab Kenworth model to get the job done with a minimum of fuss.

“The bonneted Kenworth range provides great road presence with a multitude of specification options that can be tailored to best suit a wide range of demanding applications,” he said.

“These vehicles are widely used across the country in single and multiple trailer combinations in both on and off highway applications delivering their owners with reliability and no-compromise performance”.

 

Safety Technology

Kenworth models offer a great deal of sophistication and technology for improved efficiencies, driver comfort and safety.

For example, all Kenworth trucks on display will be optioned with elements from Kenworth’s Electronic Brake Safety Systems (EBSS) – a suite of safety modules designed to protect the driver, vehicle, payload, and other road users against unexpected hazards. These safety modules have been extensively tested locally by Kenworth and optimised to suit Australia’s unique road conditions and applications.

Kenworth EBSS offers a range of safety enhancements including anti-lock braking (ABS), automatic traction control (ATC) and drag torque control (DTC) as standard. Options include electronic stability program (ESP) specifically calibrated for the model range and Australian conditions, and active cruise with braking (ACB) which now includes Collision Mitigation.

ACB with collision mitigation uses on-board electronics and radar to continually assess surrounding traffic conditions. When a forward moving vehicle enters an unsafe distance from the truck, the system will warn with audible and visual alerts and provide active interventions, by reducing throttle, engaging the engine retarder and, if necessary, automatically applying the brakes to help the driver maintain the intended distance from vehicles ahead and mitigate an imminent collision. The collision mitigation operates whether cruise control is activated or not. The latest inclusion to the EBSS suite is lane departure warning (LDW) to alert drivers to be aware of their road position.

Kenworth’s design commitment to application engineering for the task at hand includes offering safety and technology innovations proven in local conditions and applications. In combination with excellent driver visibility and cab access, and Business Class ergonomic interiors to reduce fatigue, it means driver safety and productivity remains paramount in every Kenworth.

 

Focus on the PACCAR MX-13 engine range

Another prominent feature of the PACCAR stand will be the PACCAR MX-13 engine display, which highlights this state-of-the-art engine powering the Kenworth T409 and T409SAR models, as well as the DAF CF85 and XF105 stablemates.

This 12.9-litre engine was only launched in the Kenworth T4 series last year in Australia but has already received strong feedback from local truck operators.  The PACCAR MX-13 is widely popular in Europe, and in North American where 40 per cent of all new Kenworths sold are specified with this engine.

The MX-13 perfectly complements Kenworth’s powertrain offering, sitting comfortably between Cummins’ 9, 11 and 15-litre ranges and in doing so providing a suitable engine choice to cover most medium, heavy and extreme-duty applications.

Prior to launching the engine range in the Australian market, PACCAR conducted almost three years of research and development, including an extensive field testing regime covering over 1.6 million kilometres across Australia and New Zealand.  The test vehicles were configured with manual and automated transmissions working in single trailer and B-Double applications.

A number of modifications have been made to the PACCAR MX-13 engine to optimise its performance for Australia’s harsh operating conditions and applications. This includes fitting an advanced cooling package rated to a minimum 45º Celsius ambient temperature capability.

The 6-cylinder in-line turbo charged diesel engine range is available with 460 hp (340 kW) and 510 hp (375 kW) ratings, generating 1,700 lb/ft (2,300 Nm) and 1,850 lb/ft (2,500 Nm) of torque respectively.  This hefty maximum torque output is available from a very low 1000 rpm, helping the engine deliver an optimal blend of power and efficiency.

To meet emission requirements, the MX-13 utilises SCR technology. In addition, SMART fuel injection technology is used to deliver high injection pressures combined with precise injection timing and multi point injection. The outcome is an optimised combustion process resulting in low emissions of particulate matter and excellent fuel efficiency.

While well suited to use with both manual and automated transmissions, Kenworth has optimised the Eaton UltraShift Plus Automated Manual Transmission with specific software programming and shift points unique to the MX-13-powered T4 series, delivering a silky smooth driveline with an enviable level of responsiveness, drivability and fuel efficiency.

Such is PACCAR’s confidence in the MX-13 package, that it’s offering a standard 3 year/750,000KM driveline warranty on all T409 and T409SAR models powered by the PACCAR MX-13 engine. This warranty also covers the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission.

Andrew said that customer feedback during engine trials and indeed from early adopters of the engine have been overwhelmingly positive.

“Many customers involved in the engine trials have already purchased additional MX-13-powered T409 and T409SARs,” he said.

“Those using the engine in a variety of heavy haulage applications up to 70 tonne GCM are reporting outstanding reliability coupled with excellent fuel efficiency and lower overall operating costs.  They also note that the engine is extremely quiet.”

Kenworth trucks are designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the world’s toughest applications. Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Australia, is market leader in heavy duty trucks in Australia. Its trucks are also exported to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company, is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

 

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For further information:

 

Andrew Mills

Marketing Services Manager

PACCAR Australia

Tel: (03) 9721 1500