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'24 New Models

Dec. 20, 2023
A look at the trucks OEMs are producing in the coming year.

The wide range of commercial truck models from North American OEMs is staggering. Designed with application-specific features, offerings can be customized with various options to meet the needs of every type of truck vocation.  

Truck manufacturers are offering new and updated truck models for 2024, and electric vehicles are joining product lineups in greater numbers.  

Here is a roundup of what’s new and available from OEMs in the coming year. 

BYD Motors 

BYD heavy-duty electric trucks include the 8TT Class 8 Electric Day Cab for drayage, regional haul, and distribution work. The trucks are equipped with 563 kWh iron phosphate battery packs and extended-range 8TT models offer a working range of 200 miles per charge. 

The company’s third-generation 8TTs are standard with advanced driver assistance systems, which include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection.  

In addition, BYD also offers the 8Y Class 8 electric yard tractor,the 6F Class 6 electric cab chassis,andthe 8R and 6Relectric refusetrucks. 

Ford Motor 

The Ford medium-duty line of F-650 and F-750 Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab4x2 chassis cab models has a GVWRrange of 22,000 to 37,000 lb. for gas powertrains and up to 50,000 lb. for diesel-powered vehiclesThe company’s F-Series Super Duty line of trucks includes F-350, F-450, F-550 Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab models in 4x2 and 4x4 chassis cab versions. 

Available engines include a 7.3L 2-valve gasoline V8 and the manufacturer’s 6.7L OHV Power Stroke diesel. A CNG-capable 7.3L gas engine is offered as an option. All trucks have FordTorqShift HD 6- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. 

For vocational fleets, the Ford Pro Upfit Integration System is available for adding equipment, such as lights, cranes, or snowplows. Every chassis cab model comes standard with a power take-off connection. 

Freightliner Trucks 

For the 2024 model year, Freightliner is offering the new electric Model eM2 Class 6-7 day cab. The Class 6 version has a 190-hp. rating, and the Class 7 version is rated at 255 hp. 

Also new from Freightliner in 2024 are M2 106 Plus and 108SD Plus Class 6-8 models in 4x2, 4x4, 6x4, or 6x6 configurations. The Plus series now includes enhanced versions of M2 and SD models, including the M2 112 Plus and the 114SD Plus. The trucks feature a significant update to their electrical systems and enable use of the Detroit Assurance with the Active Brake Assist 5 suite of safety systems. Standard safety features include active brake assist, lane departure warning, and option for side guard assist, as well as adaptive cruise control. 

Depending on the model, the Plus series lineup can be specified with Detroit engines and Cummins B6.7, L9, and X12 diesels, as well as L9N and ISX12N natural gas-powered options. In addition, Eaton manual and automated manual transmissions, and Allison automatic transmissions are available in Plus series trucks. 

General Motors  

For its Chevrolet and GM vehicles, General Motors is offering a complete lineup for an ever-growing variety of vocations. For the 2024 model year, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD Trucks are all new. The trucks feature upgraded safety features, including a Safety Alert Seat, rear cross traffic braking, HD Surround Vision, forward collision alert, automatic emergency and front pedestrian and bicyclist braking, a following distance indicator, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. 

Recently added is the Chevy Silverado EV with an estimated range of 400 miles and a towing capacity of 10,000 lb. The truck is also capable of providing up to 10.2 kW of offboarding power through up to 10 electrical outlets (nine 120V and one 240V).  

The 2024 Class 5 Chevrolet Low Cab Forward (LCF) medium-duty truck line will include two new gasoline-engine-powered configurations. The 5500 HG and 5500 XG models will join the 2024 LCF with a naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 gasoline engine. The gasoline-powered Chevy LCF is available in 109-, 132.5-, 150- and 176-inch wheelbase lengths; the 150- and 176-inch models are also available with a crew cab. 

Hino Trucks 

The Hino L and XL Series trucks continue for 2024. Models L6, L7, and XL7 are4x2 medium-duty conventionals in a range of wheelbases with GVWRs up to 33,000 lbModel XL8 is offered in conventional 6x4 or 4x2 straight truck or tractorversions with a GVWR range from 34,200 to 66,000 lb. All Hino models have day cab, extended cab, and crew cab variants. 

Cummins B6.7L engines power the Hino L6 and L7 modelsNew in 2024, the Cummins L9 diesel, in three horsepower and torque options, will be standard in the manufacturer’s XL7 and XL8 trucks. Allison automatic transmissions are specified across the product line. 

Next year, Hino will offer electric versions of its M- and L-Series medium-duty trucks. The Class 5 M5e cabover and Class 6 L6e conventional models integrate SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system.  

Powered by a 138 kWh lithium-ion battery, the M5e has a GVWR of 19,500 lb., continuous power of 110 hp. and peak power of up to 170 hp., and 1,110 lb.-ft. of torque. The L6e has a GVWR of 25,950 lb., continuous power of 270 hp. and peak power up to 335 hp., 2,580 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 220 kWh lithium-Ion battery

International Truck 

International has updated spec options for various models, including making the S13 Integrated Powertrain available in the LT Series, RH Series, and HX Series trucks.  

Developed in collaboration with the Traton Group, the S13 Integrated Powertrain for the vocational market features Navistar’s S13 engine with selective catalytic reduction emissions reduction technology. The engine can deliver up to 515 hp. and 1,850 lb.-ft of torque. Also included is the International T14 14-speed automated manual transmission. 

For its eMV Series Class 6 and 7 battery-electric trucks, International now offers ePower and ePTO options. The ePower electrical system option pulls power directly from the electric vehicle’s battery pack and is the foundation for electric transport refrigeration unit (eTRU) applications. 

Isuzu Commercial Truck 

Isuzu has announced its first all-electric production model, the N-Series EV. The 2025-model-year Class 5 truck, which features a 19,500-lb. GVWR and a battery-electric platform developed by Isuzu Motors will be available in the first half of 2024. Features of the 2025 NRR EV include wheelbases ranging from 132.5 to 176 inches to accommodate a variety of body lengths.

The Isuzu N-Series EV will be powered by a choice of three, five, seven, and nine 20 kWh lithium-ion battery packs. Depending on the number of battery packs, the trucks will have driving ranges from 41 to 235 miles. 

Joining the line of Isuzu medium-duty, low-cab-forward trucks in 2024, including Class 3, 4, and 5 N-Series models, is the Class 5 N-Series gas truck in NQR and NRR versions powered by a 6.6L gasoline V8. The company’s Class 4 and 5 N-Series models also feature the 4HK1-TC turbodiesel.  

Kenworth Truck  

The Kenworth line will largely remain the same in 2024, with a few changes to model availability due to model-year emissions updates. The T880, W990, and W900 are all available for order; the C500 and T800W will be available later next year. 

For its 2.1M HD models, Kenworth will be releasing a redesigned cantilever battery box for vocational customers that will place air tanks and disconnects in one compact package. In addition, the OEM has fully released the Paccar 18-speed AMT for both Cummins (Endurant XD) and MX (TX-18) engines and is planning to launch an additional 12-speed transmission option in the vocational space early next year. 

The year 2024 will also be the first full year Kenworth offers digital mirrors. According to the manufacturer, the technology offers improved visibility with a wider field of view, as well as better visibility at night and in inclement weather. 

Kenworth is also slated to begin production of its Class 8 zero-emission T680 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) powered by Toyota fuel-cell technology. Initial customer deliveries are planned for 2024, with serial production scheduled for 2025. 

Mack Trucks  

Mack Trucks has announced the new MD Electric 4x2 medium-duty vehicle in Class 6 and Class 7 ratings. The Class 6 model has a GVWR of 25,995 lb., and the Class 7 has a 33,000-lb. GVWR. The MD Electric models feature a three-phase permanent magnet synchronous motor and nickel manganese cobalt oxide lithium-ion batteries in 150 kWh or 240 kWh configurations. 

Mack has debuted an updated Granite vocational truck featuring self-heating LED headlamps. The OEM also offers a compressed natural gas-powered Granite axle-back model with a 320-hp. Cummins L9N engine matched with an Allison 4500 automatic 6-speed transmission.

Nikola

Available now, the Nikola Tre BEV (battery-electric vehicle) Class 8 for metro and regional operations has a GCWR of 82,000 lb. and delivers 645 hp. Equipped with 733 kWh of energy capacity, it has a range of up to 330 miles. The Tre BEV has advanced safety systems such as lane departure warning, advanced emergency braking, and front and rear cameras. 

By the end of this year, Nikola is also planning to begin customer deliveries of its hydrogen fuel cell-electric Class 8 tractor. The Nikola Tre FCEV features a hydrogen storage system, a fuel-cell stack that converts hydrogen into electric power by combining it with oxygen, a battery that supplements hydrogen power from the fuel stack for acceleration and captures energy through regenerative braking, and an e-axle that utilizes electric energy from the fuel-cell stack and battery to generate motion. The truck has an estimated maximum range of 500 miles and a projected refueling time of 20 minutes or less. 

“A year from now, we will see more fleets incorporating zero-emission trucks into their operations,” said Sebastian Jolta, marketing manager for truck marketing and dealer relationships. “Whether battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell, a future where either or both applications are a part of a fleet’s makeup is inevitable.” 

Peterbilt Motors   

Beginning in January 2024, Peterbilt will start delivering its new Model 589 on-highway trucks and tractors. The conventional models feature a set-forward front axle with 131- or 121-inch BBC dimensions. The Model 589 can be ordered in 4x2, 6x4, and 8x6 configurations with day cabs or with 44-, 58-, and 72-inch low-roof and 58- 72- and 80-inch-high roof sleepers. There is a wide range of GVW/GCW ratings and wheelbases for the new truck. Available engines include Paccar MX-13 405-510 hp. and Cummins X15 450-605  hp. options. 

Ram Trucks  

In 2024, Ram Truck will continue to offer a full lineup of Heavy Duty, Chassis Cab, and ProMaster commercial models. The Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500, and 5500 in Class 3, 4, and 5 GVW ratings, respectively, and in a Class 2 10,000-lb. GVW version are offered in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations with regular or crew cabs. Available cab-to-axle lengths include 60, 84, 108, and 120 inches. 

Engine options for the chassis cabs include 360-hp. 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I-6 and 370-hp. 6.4L HEMI V8 gas powerplants. The Ram 3500 gas model is mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.  

The 2024 Ram ProMaster Class 2 full-size cargo van for commercial fleets comes in 1500, 2500, and 3500 low and high roof models on 118-, 136-, and 159-inch wheelbases. Also offered are ProMaster 3500 Chassis Cab Cutaway models. The front-wheel-drive vans feature the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 276 hp., paired with a TorqueFlite 9-speed automatic transmission.  

On the electric vehicle front, Ram will introduce the all-new ProMaster EV, the first of 26 new electric commercial vehicles that parent company Stellantis is planning by the end of this decade. Recently announced was the 2025 Ram 1500 REV battery-electric pickup in 350- and 500-mile-range versions. Production of the 1500 REV is expected by the end of the year, with deliveries beginning in 2025. 

Volvo Trucks North America 

Volvo’s 2024 model lineup includes VNR Electric 4x2, 6x2, and 6x4 tractors and 4x2 and 6x4 trucks. The all-electric models can be ordered in 169- to 269-inch wheelbases with various GVW and GCW ratings. The VNR Electric is powered by a dual electric motor (340 kW total) producing about 455 hp. and 4,051 lb.-ft. of torque and has Volvo I-Shift transmissions. Energy storage systems include a four-battery pack (377 kWh) and a six-battery pack (565 kWh). 

Also available from Volvo are VNR 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, and 8x4 tractors and 4x2, 6x4, and 8x4 trucks; VNX 6x4, 8x4, and 8x6 tractors and trucks; VHD vocational trucks and tractors in 4x2, 6x4, 8x4, 8x6, and 10x4 configurations; and the VAH auto hauler 6x4 chassis. 

Western Star Trucks 

The newest Western Star model, the 57X on-highway truck, joins the manufacturer’s 47X and 49X models. The latest addition to the OEM’s X-Series comes with a choice of Detroit DD13 Gen 5, DD15 Gen 5, and DD16 engines, and Detroit DT12 direct or overdrive transmissions. Options on the 57X include day cabs as well as 60-in. Mid Roof, 72-in. Mid Roof, or 72-in. Stratosphere sleepers.  

Standard safety features on the new model include the Detroit Assurance 5.0 system with Active Brake Assist 5 and adaptive cruise control. There is an active lane assist option, which includes lane keep assist, auto stop, lane departure protection, and steer assist. Additionally, the 57X can be equipped with active side guard assist designed to mitigate blind-side issues during right-hand turns.  

About the Author

Seth Skydel

Seth Skydel, a veteran industry editor, has more than 36 years of experience at fleet management, trucking, and transportation and logistics publications. Today, in editorial and marketing roles, he writes about fleet, service and transportation management, vehicle and information technology, and industry trends and issues. 

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