Improved ergonomics, contemporary styling, an improved HVAC system and additional storage are key features of Kenworth's new cab interior for its T600, T800, W900 and C500 models the company announced today.
First production of Kenworth models with the new cab interior will begin during the first week of March. The new cab interior also will be displayed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. March 22-24.
"Kenworth places a great deal of emphasis on building trucks that are comfortable and convenient for drivers," said Ed Caudill, Kenworth general manager and vice president of Kenworth parent-company Paccar. "We listened closely to suggestions and recommendations from fleet customers and Kenworth Drivers' Board members to help hit their customer satisfaction target."
To enhance driver ergonomics and convenience, Kenworth's new interior design features a standard wrap-around instrument panel, easy-to-reach dash location for placement of an AM/FM radio, and rotary controls for the HVAC system.
"The wrap-around design makes the cab almost like being in a jet cockpit," said Steve Gilligan, Kenworth general marketing manager. "This set-up enables the driver to easily reach all the controls and read all the gauges."
Paying close attention to detail, Kenworth further enhanced the dash by installing rocker-style switches in the key-switch panel, a dedicated light-switch panel, and a flush-mounted knob for the wiper switch. Driver survey results had a significant impact on switch selections.
Under-dash trim and a steering column shroud provide an additional level of noise dampening. Soundproof insulation is placed underneath the trim and shroud.
To help make driving more comfortable, Kenworth added an under-dash console which includes driver and passenger cup holders, storage compartment, ashtray, lighter and 12-volt power outlet. A premium console upgrade includes an extra ash tray and power outlet plus a premium soft-touch vinyl surface.