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Caterpillar introduces ’07 engine lineup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Caterpillar has announced its engine lineup for 2007, with all four engines relying on the compa...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Caterpillar has announced its engine lineup for 2007, with all four engines relying on the company’s ACERT technology.

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Cat announced it will be offering the C7, C9, C13 and C15 engines in 2007. The entire lineup will be available to order beginning in the fourth quarter of 2006.

“The new engine line demonstrates that Caterpillar continues to deliver on the promises made when ACERT technology was first introduced,” said Greg Gauger, director, Caterpillar on-highway power systems. “Cat engines for 2007 meet the more stringent emissions regulations, while still providing customers value in performance and lower operating costs, with no loss – and in the case of mid-range, a gain – in fuel economy.”

The Mid-range C7 will be available in trucks with a rating of 190-300 hp at 2,200 RPM. The 7.2 litre powerplant has a torque range of 520-860 lb. ft. at 1,440 RPM.

The C9 offers an increased displacement allowing for a wider range of horsepower and torque ratings, the company announced. Ratings for the 9.3 litre engine include 285-350 hp at 2,100 RPM for truck applications. The C9 provides 890-1,350 lb. ft. of torque at 1,400 RPM and Cat will be offering a new version of the C9 in 2007 which provides 1,250 lb. ft. of torque.

The C7 and C9 engines will deliver improved performance and fuel economy, thanks to a new Cat Common Rail Fuel System, said Gauger.

“The new fuel system provides greater injection flexibility to help these engines comply with the more stringent 2007 emissions regulations, and even increases fuel economy by up to four per cent over previous models,” he said.

For on-highway vocational and hevy-duty linehaul operations, the C13 will continue to be available. The 12.5 litre powerplant delivers 1,150-1,750 lb. ft. of torque at 1,200 RPM, Caterpillar officials announced. It will be available in 305-370 hp ratings for vocational applications with linehaul engines available in 380-470 hp ratings.

“The new C13 will provide higher torque, better response, improved driveability, automatic transmission compatibility, and higher compression braking,” insisted Gauger. “This allows Caterpillar to offer a version of the C13 that exceeds current vocational customer requirements while still meeting emissions regulations at a competitive price.”

Finally, Caterpillar’s heavy-duty 15.2 litre C15 will now boast up to 625. It will offer 435 hp at the low end of the scale with torque ratings of up to 2,150 lb. ft. at 1,200 RPM. Cat’s dubbed the most powerful version of its C15 the “King of the Hill” engine.

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