The Kenworth new medium-duty models are now in production at the Paccar assembly plant in Ste-Thérèse, Québec, according to the company.
The new medium-duty conventional models feature the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), T280 (Class 6), T380 (Class 7), and T480 (light Class 8). The new T380V and T480V models are for vocational applications.
The Kenworth vehicles are available with the 6.9L Paccar PX-7 and 8.9L Paccar PX-9 engines. Kenworth also offers the Cummins Westport 8.9L L9N natural gas engine as an option.
The Paccar TX-8 automatic 8-speed transmission is standard.
"The employees at Paccar Ste-Thérèse are dedicated to building excellent medium-duty trucks. Every vehicle they build is assembled with leading-edge technology. We take great pride in this opportunity to produce Kenworth’s outstanding new medium duty trucks,” said Chakib Toubal-Seghir, Paccar Ste-Thérèse plant manager.
Since opening in 1999, the 425,000 square-foot plant has produced nearly 240,000 medium-duty trucks.
There are thee hood types that support the lineup’s application versatility: short aero hood that accommodates front axles from 8,000-20,000 lbs., medium aero hood for higher horsepower and AWD applications, and Kenworth’s vocational "sloped" hood for the T380V and T480V.
The Kenworth sloped hood employs a fixed grill for front engine power take-off (PTO) operations.
The trucks may be specified with either a standard low roof or a raised roof option. The low roof is 63 inches tall.