Kenworth is entering the Class 5 market with its new T170 trucks. In a 4×2 configuration, it has a gross vehicle weight rating up to 19,500 lb.

Standard features include the Paccar PX-6 engine rated at 200 hp and 520 lb ft of torque, with 8000-lb front axle and 11,500-lb rear axle. Others include hydraulic brakes, low-frame-height chassis with 19.5-in. wheels and tires, power door locks, passenger-side electric windows (optional on driver’s side), and Kenworth DayLite doors with right-hand peeper window.

Customers can choose a manual or automatic transmission. The 6.7-liter PX-6 engine offers a high horsepower-to-weight ratio and a 2-year warranty with unlimited miles.

The T170, available with the Kenworth Medium Duty Van Body Program, incorporates a single-piece, painted steel bumper forward of the hood to help reduce impact damage. The new ‘Metton’ quarter fenders add durability and impact resistance, says KW. The new sheet molded composite (SMC) hood offers good access to the engine compartment with a 90-degree tilt. Halogen projector low-beam headlamps provide
up to 30% more light down the road and three times longer life than sealed beams.

The T170 also comes with a steel battery box, fuel tank, and ABS cover, plus heat-treated frame rails.

Inside, there’s a wrap-around instrument panel with large, easy-to-read, gauges – and no doghouse, which reduces interior noise. Key options include a telescoping/tilting steering wheel, a workstation with two 12-volt power ports for laptops or printers, optional corner windows to aid in backing and negotiating tight spots, and an electronic shift module.

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