New Western Star Vocational Truck
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently presented its Western Star 49X. The new model will be used predominantly in the vocational segment. DTNA designed the all new Western Star 49X from the ground up to meet the needs of vocational customers by being tougher, safer and lighter in weight. In addition, the company incorporated feedback from the leading truck equipment manufacturers to ensure this truck would meet their needs for a quicker, more efficient conversion. The all-new Western Star 49X is available for order this winter and first deliveries will begin in early 2021.
The new Western Star 49X enables total weight savings of more than 150 kg in like-for-like specifying versus the current Western Star 4900 and that weight savings starts with an all-new vocational frame. Single channel frame rail options are available in a variety of thicknesses and feature best-in-class RBM (Resisting Bending Moment) strength rating – yielding greater durability and weight savings. The new cab is constructed of steel-reinforced aluminum and delivers greater strength and durability while being 8% lighter than the current cab. The low roof is designed to accommodate overhead equipment while maintaining overall vehicle height.
The all-new DD15 Gen 5 engine offers enhanced performance, uptime and reliability from Daimler Trucks proven heavy-duty engine platform (HDEP). In addition, the all-new DT12-V and –VX transmissions are built on the proven DT-12 and received US$100 million ($133 million) of investment and over 35 million miles (56 million km) of validation testing to ensure they are ready for the toughest jobs.
The new Western Star 49X brings Detroit Assurance industry-leading safety equipment to the vocational segment, including active brake assist, side guard assist, adaptive cruise control and more to keep operators, workers at the job site, pedestrians, and fellow motorists safe.
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