Competition in the work truck space just became a little stiffer with the recent introduction of new models from Western Star and Navistar.
Western Star launched its Western Star 47X to slot below the company’s 49X work truck.
The division of Daimler Trucks and sister company to Freightliner said the new truck is suited to applications that require shorter vehicle length, such as cement mixers. The 47X has a bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement of just under 111 inches. That will allow it to meet a greater variety of federal and local bridge requirements. It also is 200 pounds lighter than the 49X.
Western Start shrunk the length by shortening the hood. The smaller truck also is more maneuverable, allowing it to work in crowded construction sites or congested cities.
“With the 47X and the 49X, we can offer our vocational customers different options that will give them the right tool for their specific job needs,” said David Carson, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Daimler Trucks North America.
The new model comes standard with the Detroit DD13 Gen 5 engine. But for weight-sensitive applications, Western Star will also offer the truck with Cummins L9 and X12 engines.
Western Star is taking orders for the 47X now. Deliveries begin early next year.
NAVISTAR’S INTERNATIONAL MV UPGRADES
Meanwhile, Navistar is upgrading its International MV Series of medium-duty trucks. The truck builder said the vehicles have increased maneuverability, visibility and safety.
New features include an aerodynamic hood and breakaway mirrors that provide drivers with superior visibility. The restyled bumper and black, molded-in-color grille with optional chrome surround update the appearance. The MV Series also now includes standard halogen headlights with optional LED headlights to provide longer life and improved visibility.
Navistar is offering the truck with several optional automated safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, enhanced collision mitigation, multilane vehicle braking, stationary object alert, lane departure warning, and front radar and cameras.
“This is an evolution, rather than a departure, from our existing strategy,” said Diane Hames, Navistar’s vice president of marketing. “The new MV moves the International brand forward and is equipped with the features and technology to be an excellent fit for every customer.”