Overseas - Kenworth Launches New Medium Duty Product Lineup
Posted: 08-Apr-2021 |

Offering versatility, a wider 2.1-Meter Cab and a new PACCAR TX-8 Transmission, Kenworth has introduced a comprehensive new medium duty conventional truck lineup ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8. The announcement came during a major virtual product reveal.

The new models are the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), Kenworth T280 (Class 6), Kenworth T380 (Class 7) and Kenworth T480 (light Class 8). In addition, for customers needing FEPTO, full parent rails and fixed grille, Kenworth added the Kenworth T380V and Kenworth T480V with a vocational hood.

“Our new lineup sets the industry standard for quality, performance, reliability and durability throughout the many diverse, medium duty applications in the U.S. and Canadian markets. These Kenworth models possess excellent versatility and maneuverability, spacious 2.1-meter wide cab, exceptional visibility and driver-focused ergonomics, and new PACCAR TX-8 transmission. Our new medium duty trucks are an impressive addition to the World’s Best product line,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.

Kenworth’s new medium duty vehicles are designed to serve an expansive variety of applications including cargo and reefer van, beverage, tow and recovery, utility and government, fuel oil and propane, landscaping, fire and dump and mixer. The trucks may be specified with either a standard low roof or a raised roof option. The low roof is 63 inches tall, 4 inches shorter than the raised roof, making it ideal for height-restricted applications.

The new trucks offer three hood types to support the lineup’s application versatility – short aero hood (107.5-inch BBC) that accommodates front axles from 8K to 20K lbs., medium aero hood (109.5-inch BBC) for higher horsepower and AWD applications, and Kenworth’s vocational ‘sloped’ hood for the T380V and T480V. The shorter wheelbases produce a tighter turning radius and enhanced maneuverability for urban or vocational operating environments.

The Kenworth’s new medium duty vehicles are available with the model year 2021 PACCAR PX-7 engine rated up to 325 horsepower and 2021 PACCAR PX-9 engine up to 380 horsepower, depending upon BBC. With the introduction of the new medium duty vehicles, Kenworth offers – for the first time in its medium duty trucks – the near-zero emission Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine that delivers 320 horsepower.

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