Peterbilt Model 220 cabover in full production

Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced that its new medium-duty Model 220 cabover is now in full production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico. The Class 6/7 truck was introduced earlier this year during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“The new Model 220 brings customers greater levels of productivity. Drivers will enjoy enhanced maneuverability that shortens the curb-to-curb turning radius by 30 percent and the new, standard electronic braking system (EBS) for improved braking performance,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing. “These characteristics combine with an efficient bumper-to-bumper length of 35 ft. for added agility while still delivering an extra 45 in. of payload area and a frame rail system that can be upfitted with bodies ranging from 16 to 28 ft. It is extremely versatile and will exceed expectations in every application, from urban pick-up-and delivery to refuse, and from landscaping to street sweeping and striping.”

The Model 220 features a redesigned interior for improved comfort, safety and productivity.

“Maximizing visibility was a key consideration in designing the Model 220,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt chief engineer.

The cab features a 2,500-sq.-in. windshield, large side windows and multiple-mirror array provides operators with a panoramic view. A curved dashboard features easy-to-read instrumentation and an interactive, 5-in. color display module that provides information on vehicle and driver performance. There are storage compartments in the door panels, along the back wall, in the header and on the dash, conveniently located near the driver for paperwork or other items.

The Model 220 will remain standard with numerous driver-pleasing features, including: power windows and mirrors; air-ride driver’s seat; and air conditioning. It is also available with a passenger-side air-ride seat or fixed two-man bench to accommodate three people in the cab.

The bumper is manufactured from galvanized steel, there’s a new radiator protection plate and the headlamps are protected by a tough Lexan covering. Fog lamps have been integrated into the bumper and doors open a full 90 deg.

The Model 220 is standard with electronic braking systems and is powered by the Paccar PX-7 engine with up to 260 hp. and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque. The standard automatic Allison transmission has a push-button shifter for easy engagement.

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