LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Peterbilt has introduced a new vocational truck, which it claims is the result of the most extensive research and development process in company history.
The Model 567 features an aluminum cab and other attributes that are designed to withstand the harshest vocational environments. Among these are a Metton crack-resistant three-piece hood a stainless steel oval mesh grille that retains the traditional Peterbilt styling.
The truck has improved visibility, thanks to redesigned A-pillars with extra reinforcements, which allows them to be 13% narrower than traditional designs providing drivers with a better view of their environment. Forward visibility has also been improved by 12%, the company claims.
“Visibility of traffic, construction and pedestrians is critical on today’s jobsites,” said chief engineer Landon Sproull. “Our design team evaluated real-world scenarios during day time and nighttime situations to optimize the visibility for the operator.”
The new Model 567 will be available in a 121- and 115-inch BBC, as a day cab or with a detachable sleeper. Sleeper sizes of 44, 70 and 80 inches are available on the truck.
It is also available in a set-back axle configuration for improved maneuverability. Peterbilt says the truck has a wheel cut up to nine degrees better than competitive models and has reduced its curb-to-cub turning radius by up to nine feet.
“Our optimized steering geometry reduces bump steer by up to 25%,” said Sproull. “This minimizes steering wheel feedback over rough, uneven surfaces, minimizing driver fatigue.”
The 567 boasts a chassis that’s 10-15% stiffer than competitive products, providing a better ride and improved handling while reducing in-cab noise, Sproull said. It was also designed to improve serviceability, with a hood that opens a full 90 degrees and chassis system routing improvements. The truck comes standard with air disc brakes and Bendix stability system.
Inside, drivers will find a 2.1-metre wide cab that’s ergonomically designed.
“A key consideration of the Model 567 design process is the driver-centric, roomy cab and sleeper environment,” said Sproull. “During our research and planning, we interviewed and surveyed hundreds of drivers about their preferences to ensure the 567 cab would provide operators with the most productive and comfortable operating environment.”
The newest Peterbilt will enter limited production next month, with full production slated to commence in June.