KIRKLAND, Wash.– Kenworth has announced the availability of two new product enhancements on the Kenworth T270 and T370 – fuel tanks mounted between the frame rails behind the rear axle and a narrower battery box.
The company claims the enhancements are part of its medium-duty body builder expansion program that gives more options to its medium-duty customers.
“By choosing these two new options together, special application customers and their body builders will find it much easier to install custom bodies, equipment and apparatus on the Class 6 Kenworth T270 chassis and the Class 7 Kenworth T370 chassis,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “That’s great news for our customers as the new frame packaging options created by the body builder expansion program can help reduce installation time. The new frame packaging options could also reduce the amount of custom work body builders have to do, resulting in a potential reduction in the cost of installation.”
The newer, smaller battery box – 6 inches narrower than the standard box – gives more space on the left hand side for body installations. With this option, the air tanks are now located on the back of the cab rather than the standard placement below the battery box, Kenworth said.
“Even though the new battery box is narrower, fleets won’t lose any battery capacity on their T270s or T370s,” Swihart added. “The new battery boxes can still accommodate two or three batteries.”
Kenworth added that a matching narrow tool box is also available for the right side of the T270 and T370, and can be combined with a fuel tank pulled forward to lessen the effect on the back of the cab.
The new fuel tanks, mounted between the frame rails behind the rear axle, are available in 45- and 70-gallon capacities.