Since I was in town, Peterbilt was gracious enough to also provide a 567 dump truck for me to drive. I took this truck out on some rough, under-construction highways as well as some back roads outside Denton. It wasn’t loaded but even so, the ride was smooth. This truck shares the same cab as the 579. The three-piece hood reduces repair costs when inevitable dings are incurred on construction sites and the pod-style headlights are also simple to replace.
Speaking of headlights, Peterbilt isn’t yet convinced LED headlamps – despite all the hype – are any better than their traditional projector-beam designs. Marker and interior lights are all LED, but you’ll find incandescents on the front end.
The 567 has door-mounted mirrors that were steadier than I expected them to be on bumpy roads without load. There are some nice advantages to the new door-mounted mirrors. They provide better visibility over the top of the mirror since there’s no arm connecting them to the A-pillar to obstruct the view. Also, you can open the door just a bit and get a wider view down the side of the vehicle without having to readjust your mirrors afterwards; handy when readying to back into position.
Peterbilt has retained two grab handles to make entry and egress safe, but knowing many drivers use the map pockets as a handle, they’ve also reinforced those. A pull-out ledge on the passenger side provides a place to do paperwork or to fire up the computer and then stows neatly away after use.
The 567 is currently available in only a set-back axle configuration, with the set-forward version to enter pre-production later this year. This model will eventually replace the Models 365/367 but not until all the options and configurations offered on those models can be had on the new one. If there’s a place for a high-end, driver-oriented, luxury truck in the rugged vocational segment, then this truck fits the bill quite nicely. I’ll have a full report on the 567 on Trucknews.com later this week.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies