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Kenworth showcases new T300 features

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kenworth recently showcased a 2005 Model T300 medium duty truck with a Bentz crew cab conversion...

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kenworth recently showcased a 2005 Model T300 medium duty truck with a Bentz crew cab conversion at the International Trucking Show in Anaheim.

The 2005 Model T300 received new enhancements this year including a wire mesh grille with polished stainless steel center trim, standard complex reflector headlamps that provide a 50 per cent increase in illumination, and an optional one-piece stainless steel-clad aluminum bumper with fog lights.

Inside, a workstation between the driver and passenger seat opens up and a small desk emerges for completing paperwork tasks. Two 12-volt outlets can be used to power computers and other devices. Inside the compartment, a driver can hang files and stand up a clipboard, and store work gloves or shoes underneath. Close the compartment and there’s a beverage holder on top. Interior dressing includes Australian burl wood panel treatment and two-tone seats.

The Bentz crew cab conversion turns the Kenworth T300 into a four-door model with seating for five. The truck on display at the International Trucking Show featured a backbench seat that pulls out into a 38-inch by 70-inch sofa bed. According to Kenworth general marketing manager Steve Gilligan, the T300 crew cab was spec’d as a hauler and transporter. “It’s ideal for those who want to pull a large horse trailer or are looking for a great transporter,” Gilligan said.

Standard features of the Bentz crew cab include a one-piece fiberglass roof with a 4-inch raised rear section, which provides 62 inches of height in the interior. The rest of the crew cab is all-aluminum with a 52-inch long addition and 84-inch width at the rear. The Kenworth T300 on display features a 157-inch BBC set-up, 188-inch wheelbase, and is powered by a Cummins ISC engine rated at 285 horsepower driven through an Allison Automatic 6-speed transmission. Power windows for all four-door windows are also available.

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