International Trucks lifted the veil on the all-new HV Series work truck, a move by parent company Navistar International Corp. to gain a bigger share of the vocational vehicle market.
The HV series will also be the first service truck available with the International A26 12.4-liter engine.
The truck design incorporates feedback from customers and truck equipment manufacturers, making it easily integrated with body styles that run from work trucks to emergency response vehicles, said Denny Mooney, senior vice president of global product development for Navistar during the launch at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show on Monday.
“We’ve been building vocational trucks for over a century and in the HV Series our engineers have successfully incorporated driver feedback into a severe service truck designed to be easily configurable for any application,” Mooney said.
Navistar’s newest vehicle joins a lineup that has almost completely turned over during the last 18 months. Last February, the company brought out its heavy-duty vocational HX Series, which was followed by the LT Series long-haul truck that replaced its aging ProStar. In April, the company unveiled its regional truck, the RH Series, which will also take the place of a decade-old design. And earlier this month, the new LoneStar Class 8 semi made its debut, which will go into production this fall.
The International A26 engine will give it the power and reliability needed to perform a host of vocational functions, the company said.
Customers are responding positively to the new engine, which produces up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 pound-feet of torque. It’s also the lightest in it class, weighing about 600 pounds lighter than its traditional 15-liter counterparts.
“Demand for the A26 has been very strong,” said Persio Lisboa, Navistar’s chief operating officer. “We’ve had more than 3,000 orders to date.”
The company hopes the A26 engine, which was introduced earlier this year, will drive sales to the 13-liter segment.
Paying close attention to feedback from drivers and trucking companies, the HV interior was designed to optimize comfort and productivity.
The cab doors are redesigned with a lower bottom glass edge and no vent window, which gives the driver a single piece of glass to look through, improving side visibility and reducing blind spots.
A customizable gauge cluster also is available. There is a column-mounted stalk shifter integrated with engine braking to help keep hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and provide more leg room.
The wing panel dash offers space for as many as 30 additional switches for any body type mounted on the back of the truck. Switches feature bigger text and recognizable ISO symbols and are back lit for easy night viewing. There is an even higher level of customization available, including different indicator light colors for more complex applications like ambulance, fire or railroad trucks.
The HV Series has an inside wheel cut of up to 50 degrees so it can make tighter turns in crowded urban areas or busy construction sites. The ability to more easily navigate will save the driver time and help reduce collisions.
Navistar also is packing technology into its new truck.
In addition to vocational customers being able to order the specific chassis configuration needed upfront, reducing retrofitting time in post-production, the truck includes Diamond Logic, an advanced electrical system that connects chassis and body equipment for better control.
Every HV Series also can be equipped with OnCommand Connection, the company's open-architecture remote diagnostics system, which is already being used on 325,000 vehicles regardless of make or brand.
The telematics platform will now include Live Action Plans, a new feature that predicts potential part failure, and alerts drivers and fleet managers, as well as Automated Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting, meant to relieve drivers of much of the paperwork required in the vehicle inspection process.
Over the air updates to OnCommand are also available over a secure WiFi connection in order to initiate engine programming at the facility instead of a dealer or service center.
“One day, when the supply chain system is fully integrated, breakdowns and unplanned service events will be remembered only as something in the past,” Lisboa said.
HV Series is also available with the Cummins B6.7 and Cummins L9 engines. The HV Series comes in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. Deliveries will start in March 2018.
The company’s first orders of its new LT and RH Series over-the-road trucks were delivered to customers during the third quarter.