KW Cabover Options

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Kenworth has announced three new options for its medium-duty cabovers, the Kenworth K270 and K370, that include a compact back-of-cab exhaust system to allow more space for custom bodies; right-side steer for street sweeping, refuse and road maintenance applications; and expanded PACCAR PX-7 engine ratings.

Kenworth’s clear-frame-rail package, introduced earlier this year, has been improved and provides nearly 12 more inches of space for body installations. This and the new exhaust package give body builders even more room for customization. It frees up frame space behind the cab and allows body builders flexibility with their components.

This combination also allows for additional transmission PTO clearance, which is a plus, especially for construction applications, says KW.

The K270 and K370 cabovers can now be spec’d with the PX-7 engine at a new top rating of 260 hp and 660 lb ft of torque, in addition to a new 200 hp/520 lb-ft torque rating. The standard engine rating is 220 hp with 520 lb ft of torque, mated with an Allison 5-speed transmission..”

Compared to a typical medium duty conventional, the K270 and K370 are claimed to offer up to a 30% improvement in curb-to-curb turning, while a 63.4-in. BBC is said to provide an extra 45 in. of payload room. The trucks come with 22.5-in. tire and wheel packages. Kenworth also recently announced a 19.5-in. tire and wheel option for the K270 for easier curbside pick-up and delivery.

Both truck models offer a standard air-ride driver’s seat and 2-person bench seating with storage underneath, with a single-seat option now also available. Wheelbases range from 142 to 242 in. in 12-in. increments, and Kenworth cabovers can accommodate bodies from 16 to 28 ft.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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