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Kenworth adds new cabover options for more customization

Nov. 24, 2014

Kenworth has announced three new options for its medium-duty cabover models that will increase the number of body options for customers, it said.

The options for the Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers 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.

The clear frame rail package, introduced earlier this year, has been improved and provides nearly 12 additional inches of space for body installations. The clear frame rail package and exhaust package gives body builders even more room for customization by freeing up frame space back-of-cab and allowing body builders flexibility with their components.

“The result is that Kenworth cabover applications have been extended – literally. This combination also allows for additional transmission PTO clearance, which is a plus, especially for construction applications,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

Also available are new engine ratings. The PX-7 engine has a new top rating of 260 hp. and 660 lbs.-ft. of torque, in addition to a new 200 hp. and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque rating. The standard engine rating is 220 hp. with 520 lbs.-ft. of torque, mated with an Allison 5-speed transmission.

“More choices for engine ratings means fine-tuning the Kenworth cabovers to a customer’s specific application,” said Swihart. “These are work trucks and the more we offer, the higher the degree of customization we can provide.”

 Compared to a typical medium duty conventional, the K270 and K370 offer up to a 30 percent improvement in curb-to-curb turning, Kenworth said, while a 63.4-in. BBC provides an extra 45 in. of payload room. The Kenworth K270 and K370 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. The single-seat option is 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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