Peterbilt adds medium-duty, vocational trucks to line-up

DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt has introduced two new vehicles – a medium-duty pickup-and-delivery Model 337 and a vocational Model 348.


The Model 337 is aimed at pickup-and-delivery, beverage and food service applications and combines driver comfort features with reliability, according to the company.

“The medium-duty market demanded simplicity, maneuverability, value and style and Peterbilt responded with the solution,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice-president.  “The Model 337 was designed to meet the demands of virtually any business while lowering costs with the quality and durability the market has come to expect from Peterbilt.” 


The Model 337 features an ergonomically-designed driver display package that’s easy to read and comes with an optional GPS system that will help drivers navigate urban environments. A new door pad is home to power window, mirror and lock switches and a new HVAC system improves airflow and reduces maintenance costs, Peterbilt claims.


“Medium-duty vehicles are typically operated in congested environments,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt’s chief engineer. “It is important for sightlines, both in the ergonomic layout of the instrumentation or the exterior view of the vehicle’s surroundings, to be clear and allow the driver to make good operational decisions.” 


Visibility improvements stem from a 17% increase in side window visibility as well as improved forward visibility, the company says. The Model 337 features a lightweight all-aluminum cab for improved fuel efficiency and corrosion resistance. The truck will come with either the Paccar PX-6 or PX-8 engine and is also available in a hybrid-electric configuration which can reduce fuel consumption by about 40%, the company claims.


The Model 348 is aimed at rugged Class 7 and 8 applications and is available with a GVW beginning at 35,000 lbs, the company announced.


“The new Model 348 is the answer for customers in key applications such as construction, petroleum delivery, refuse and utility vocations,” said Jackson. 


The new interior features Pete’s in-mold colour process which embeds the colour into the dash material to eliminate dings, scratches and fading. The dash is ergonomically-designed and includes back-lit gauges that are easy to read and understand, the company says. The Model 348 also features Peterbilt’s improved HVAC system for improved driver comfort.


The Model 348 can be ordered in truck or tractor configurations with many vocational options such as FEPTO, REPTO and a range of transmissions as well as a hybrid configuration for utility applications. The hybrid version will be powered by Paccar’s PX-6 engine and the bigger PX-8 with ratings of up to 380 hp and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque will be the norm for diesel-only configurations.


Like the Model 337, the 348 will feature improved visibility from inside the cab thanks to a 17% improvement in side window visibility and an improved dash sightline, the company claims.

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