Kenworth T700s are now available with premium, proprietary seats.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth unveiled several new products today, including a line of high-end seats, a regional version of its T660 and an all-wheel drive 6×6 T370.
The new seats were designed exclusively for the Kenworth T700. The line will consist of GT701, GT702 and GT703 models, offering a range of options and features, including an air suspension that can automatically adjust to the weight of the driver. This feature will allow team drivers to both ride in comfort without having to fiddle with the settings.
The seats also offer an adjustable shock that provides drivers with a fill range of height adjustments.
The seats are available in vinyl, cloth or leather and cushions can be replaced without removing the suspension structure, the company announced. Each version comes with optional heating while the GT703 also offers a cooling option.
“The Kenworth GT700 series seats are made to Kenworth specifications and provide drivers the ability to fine-tune their ride experience, making the Kenworth T700 an even more compelling choice for truck fleets and operators,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth chief engineer. “The driver seat is something truck fleets and operators can’t afford to ignore since it’s a critical component in helping drivers stay comfortable, alert and focused while driving.”
T660 regional hauler
Kenworth also unveiled a new version of its popular aerodynamic T660 configured for regional applications. Some of the features include a shorter wheelbase, tighter chassis packaging, improved maneuverability and weight savings of about 250 lbs – all while maintaining the T660’s fuel tank capacity.
“This new Kenworth T660 option is especially useful for regional haulers interested in operating aerodynamic trucks to help increase fuel efficiency and reduce fuel costs,” said Feight. “The Kenworth T660 regional hauler configuration offers the same styling and lighting advantages – and similar aerodynamic advantages – as the standard T660 with the maneuverability and fuel capacity of the Kenworth T800.”
And speaking of the T800, Kenworth officials pointed out that the iconic truck is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The company has produced more than 235,000 T800s since the model was introduced in 1986, 80% of which are still on the road today.
Getting back to the new stuff, Kenworth also announced it will be offering a 6×6 version of its T370 medium-duty truck.
“This new offering will benefit operators running utility service, construction, oilfield service and boom trucks, in addition to municipal applications, such as fire and emergency vehicles,” Feight said. “Customers get a great medium-duty truck for applications which require a heavier front axle and tandem rear axle to get the job done.”
The T370 6×6 will have front drive axles with ratings ranging from 10,000 lbs to 16,000 lbs. It will come with a 40,000-lb rated rear suspension from Chalmers, with a Hendrickson offering to be introduced later this year.
The T370 is powered by Paccar PX-6 or PX-8 engines.
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