Photo of K270 by Evan Lockridge.

Photo of K270 by Evan Lockridge.

Kenworth announced exterior and interior enhancements to its K270 and K370 models on March 26 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

"A new dash and gauge cluster, front air disc brakes, electronic braking module, and a fresh exterior are among some of the key additions," according to Doug Powell, Kenworth's medium-duty marketing manager.

Inside the cab, a new dash and gauge cluster provide more information than ever before to the driver. Both truck models feature a standard air ride driver's seat and two-person bench seating with storage underneath. The company added a new option - single driver and passenger seats with a large console with cup holders in between.

Available with wheelbases ranging from 142 to 242 inches in 12-inch increments, the K270 and K370 can accommodate bodies from 16 to 28 feet. A large 2,500-square-inch wraparound windshield combines with large side windows to give optimum visibility.

Powered by the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, which has power ratings from 200 to 250-hp, and up to 660 lb-ft of torque, the Kenworth cabovers are now available with a 6-speed Allison transmission, joining a 5-speed transmission already available.

New this year on the Kenworth cabovers are Dana axles as well as front air disc brakes for improved stopping power and longer brake life. In addition, as part of the braking system, Kenworth has added an "electronic braking module" that will allow for the addition of stability control later this year.

For specialized applications, Kenworth offers its new "clear rail" package that relocates the air tanks, DEF tank, battery box, and exhaust after treatment up behind the cab. This new option opens up room for custom bodies, such as street sweepers.