A welcome truncated turning circle and enhanced driver comfort define some of the standout features of the Kenworth T360, one of the latest trucks launched in the Kenworth range.
Set to debut at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, the Kenworth T360, which has been launched alongside the Kenworth T410, offers the iconic bonneted hood only in a smaller package, enhanced, as part of its many noteworthy attributes, by steering geometry, an example of the extra considerations engineers have given to manoeuvring the commercial vehicle on restricted sites.
Having reduced the Bumper-to-back-of-cab by 100mm in contrast with its predecessor the T359 as it offers customers flexibilities in the frame space and length, and refining its agility to perform in cluttered environments like those found on urban construction and demolition sites, the Kenworth T360 sees PACCAR throw its hand into the ring as a rival to European original equipment manufacturers that have specialised in high capacity commercial vehicles common on metropolitan infrastructure projects in recent years.
Designers, according to the commercial vehicle manufacturer, have devoted three years on improvements to the instrument panel to implement an intuitive experience for operators.
Dashboard instrumentation is designed to be visible at a glance with toggle switches to control engine brakes, engine fan, driver-controlled differential locks and suspension dump valves.
Kenworth are claiming that an optional seven inch display enhances levels of detail for instrumentation and media functions.
According to Brad May, PACCAR Australia Director Sales and Marketing, the testing and validation process involved virtual simulation and in-field testing that covered thousands of kilometres over an extended period of time.
“Of paramount importance in delivering a new range is the need to maintain the exceptional performance, quality, durability and productivity for which Kenworth is renowned," he said
But what does that exactly encompass?
For one, enhancements to achieve dynamic safety have been factored into a greater ground clearance on the T360 which is said to enable customers the option of lowering the vehicle's centre-of-gravity.
Designed with fleets in mind, the T360 offers a new work-ready, easy to clean fleet spec interior, or premium trim, with the ‘soft plush’ studded pattern – available in a range of colours.
Available in 6x4, 8x4 and 10x4 axle configurations, the T360 and T360A models are powered by the Cummins ISLe5 engine rated from 280 up to 400 horsepower and either an Allison 3000 or 4000 series transmission, as well as Eaton Manual or Eaton UltraShift Plus transmissions.
The aluminium core radiator removes the need for an additional transmission cooler on the Allison 4000 series transmission, while contributing to a reduction in tare weight and improved fuel economy.
According to Kenworth, the goal of the T360, was to resource the very best of Kenworth's capabilities for intended applications so as to provide exceptional owner and driver appeal.
Developments on the new platform have been the result of gains made possible by the launch of the T610 with its 2.1 metre wide cab and subsequent elements in-line and discoverable from Kenworth's own research and development.
Cab access with steps in an inclined stairway are designed to ensure the driver maintains three points of contact at all times so there is less reliance on pulling themselves up on the rail.
The perforated steps are self-cleaning and provide a safe and tractive surface that minimises the potential of slips and falls, especially when working in and around muddy work sites.
The ability to deliver a low tare weight truck and application specific models for niche markets will, Kenworth anticipates, make the T360A an attractive option for concrete operations.
“Consultation with, and involvement from our customers is on-going and they have been an integral part of our test program to make sure the new products meet their needs for their specific applications,” said May.
Long haul specialist Fuel Distributors of Western Australia in partnership with PACCAR Australia agreed to a comprehensive two-year trial of a DAF XF105 to determine if it could meet the challenge of servicing its depots across the biggest state in Australia. As the company carries combustible dangerous goods long distances it needs a steady platform and the DAF proved itself to be a resilient workhorse.