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A new Aussie Anthem

A new Aussie Anthem

NZ Truck & Driver News

 March 2021   

A long-awaited revamp of the Mack range has begun, with the virtual launch, online, of the Australian-built Mack Anthem.

Mack Trucks Australia has revealed an Anthem range that includes sleeper or day cab models, in 6x4 and 8x4 rigids or 6x4 tractor units.

The Anthem, with its chiselled exterior looks, is powered by the proven 13-litre Euro 5 MP8 engine, rated from 435-535-horsepower/324-398 kilowatts, with 1655-1920 lb ft/2243-2603 Newton metres of peak torque.

Mack reckons that despite its “hard-edged profile,” the Anthem’s “bold new look manages to capture aerodynamic efficiency… 

“Aerodynamic gains have been aided by closing gaps between panels and minimising seams. Even the tow hooks in the three-piece bumper have been covered to assist with airflow.”

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A long-awaited revamp of the Mack range has begun, with the virtual launch, online, of the Australian-built Mack Anthem.

Mack Trucks Australia has revealed an Anthem range that includes sleeper or day cab models, in 6x4 and 8x4 rigids or 6x4 tractor units.

The Anthem, with its chiselled exterior looks, is powered by the proven 13-litre Euro 5 MP8 engine, rated from 435-535-horsepower/324-398 kilowatts, with 1655-1920 lb ft/2243-2603 Newton metres of peak torque.

Mack reckons that despite its “hard-edged profile,” the Anthem’s “bold new look manages to capture aerodynamic efficiency… 

“Aerodynamic gains have been aided by closing gaps between panels and minimising seams. Even the tow hooks in the three-piece bumper have been covered to assist with airflow.”

A single-point bonnet latch makes daily checks safer and easier, reducing the effort needed to tilt the bonnet. Ultra-reliable LEDs now provide all exterior lighting, boosting headlight output by 66% over the previous lights.

An integrated Bendix Wingman Fusion active safety system is standard in the Anthem, providing adaptive cruise control, blind spot alerts, autonomous braking and roll stability.

A 36-inch integrated standup sleeper, with 1.8 metres of headroom in the cab and 2.1m in the sleeper, is an option for the Anthem…..and for the Trident and Super-Liner models. The extra overhead space allows for additional storage in the driver’s compartment and above the bunk.

As well as LED courtesy lighting, 12-volt power outlets and USB charging ports, the new sleepers offer the option of an under-bunk fridge. 

A new interior cab design features large, easy-to-read analogue dials, along with tough, well-positioned rocker switches. The mDrive transmission controls remain on the dash panel, but controls for the Powerleash engine brake are now located on a multi-function steering column stalk.

A five-inch digital Co-Pilot colour display makes it easy to navigate various digital menus and functions on the go, with much of the Bendix safety system’s functionality accessed via the display.

In addition to unveiling the Anthem, Mack also launched its new mDrive HD and XHD automated manual transmissions – both with extra-low gearing. 

With their deep reduction gearing options, the new mDrives offer safer heavy hauling at high gross weights, with excellent startability/gradeability – eliminating the need for auxiliary transmissions.

The 13-speed mDrive HD has a single reduction gear that helps for heavy liftoffs and allows fuel conscious highway operators to specify taller final drive ratios to optimise fuel efficiency. The 14-speed XHD offers heavy haulage operators safe and flexible handling of big loads with peace of mind. 

The new mDrives also add features such as a rock-free mode to regain traction offroad, a power launch function for offroad low-traction starts, and heavy-duty and maxi-duty modes for high GCM operation. Both AMTs can be specced behind either the 13-litre MP8 or 16-litre MP10 engines.

Mack says that new electrical architecture across its range “not only provides a smarter truck – it’s also more connected. Optional predictive cruise control, for instance, can now be specced – using GPS and 3D topographic data to optimise engine and transmission performance and thus save fuel.  


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