Kenworth introduces new T700, other offerings

March 24, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Kenworth Truck Co. rolled out a brand new highway truck, the T700, here at the Mid-America Trucking Show, along with a bevy of other offerings to enhance its vehicle lineup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Kenworth Truck Co. rolled out a brand new highway truck, the T700, here at the Mid-America Trucking Show, along with a bevy of other offerings to enhance its vehicle lineup.

The new Kenworth T700, which will replace the company’s T2000 highway tractor, is a high-roof aerodynamic long-haul tractor that offers 8 ft. in interior sleeper height – making it ideal for team operations, said Bill Kozek, Kenworth’s GM. “It also offers a 3% improvement in drag compared to our T660 highway tractor, which translates into a 1.5% gain in fuel efficiency,” he told FleetOwner.

The T700’s aerodynamic bumper and chassis fairings are made of a Thermal Plastic Olefin (TPO) material that helps minimize fading while improving impact resistance. The T700 comes with 60-plus cubic feet of storage space and nearly 25% more interior volume compared to a similarly specified Kenworth T660, with nearly 30 in. between the driver and passenger seats for convenient sleeper access.

Another feature is Kenworth’s new “NavPlus” offering; a PC-based in-dash system that includes truck-specific navigation, vehicle data, hands-free phoning, audio controls, camera inputs, roadside assistance, and optional Internet access – a system that will be standard on T700 premium trim offerings and optional for all other trim levels. This in-dash PC-based system is available for all of Kenworth’s Class 5 through 8 trucks.

The company is also now making available for order its new T440 natural gas truck for local and regional haul and vocational applications – equipped to operate either on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), a Cummins ISL G engine and Allison transmission.

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