Caterpillar’s C9 engine and an extended day cab are two new options Kenworth Truck Co. unveiled at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas this week for its vocational trucks.
Caterpillar’s C9 engine is now available as an option for Kenworth’s W900S mixer and T800 short hood vocational models, along with T800 front-engine power take-off (FEPTO) configurations.
Gary Moore, Kenworth’s assistant gm for marketing & sales, noted that fleets can save nearly 900 lbs. with the Caterpillar C9 over the 12.5-liter Caterpillar C13 while still getting the power needed for their specific application. He noted Kenworth would offer two versions of the C9: one with 350 hp. and 1,250 ft.-lbs. of torque governed at 2,200 rpm and a 335 hp. version with 1,150 ft.-lbs. of torque governed at 2,200 rpm.
An extended day cab option is now available for Kenworth’s W900S mixer model, to provide an additional six inches of length and five inches of cab height compared to the company’s traditional day cab dimensions. Moore said the extended day cab also offers two more inches behind the wheel, additional leg room, up to 21 degrees of recline in the driver’s seat, and two extra cubic feet of storage behind the driver’s seat.
The company also tweaked the W900S design to give it better maneuverability, Moore said, by moving the steering gear forward ahead of the axle and adding longer front springs as part of a front end redesign that increases wheel cut by four degrees and reduces the overall turning radius.