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Mack reveals brand new truck

Mack Trucks has revealed its next-generation prime mover, the Mack Anthem.

The Mack Anthem is reportedly a re-engineered, redesigned and reimagined interpretation of what Mack says today’s highway truck should be.

“As one of the most significant new trucks in Mack’s 117-year history, the Anthem combines our latest innovations with more than a century of truck-building know-how,” said Dennis Slagle, President, Mack Trucks.

“The incredible result is a truck that’s been built for our customers’ business and designed for drivers, all while delivering the power and presence that only a Mack truck can deliver.”

Whilst the Mack Anthem is currently only for the North American market, Dean Bestwick, Vice President of Mack Trucks Australia, said it is committed to making it a reality for Australian and New Zealand operators.

"Whilst the North American Mack Anthem is primarily a serious on-highway truck, we feel there would certainly be a demand down under for a rigid version in vocational applications," said Bestwick.

"Like all global releases, we will not launch a product locally until we’ve extensively validated it in the unique and challenging conditions of the Australian and New Zealand markets.”

The Anthem is available in several configurations, including a Day Cab, an all-new 48-inch Flat Top Sleeper, and an all-new 70-inch Stand-Up Sleeper that is 35 per cent larger than previous models and comes in single or double bunk options.

"What’s particularly exciting is the inclusion of a fully-integrated stand-up sleeper on the Mack Anthem, and its huge potential in the Australian and New Zealand markets," said Bestwick.

The Anthem features an all-new exterior design with a all LED lighting, redesigned hood, grille, roof and chassis fairings, mirror covers, and front bumper and air dam to optimise aerodynamics that Mack says will improve fuel efficiency by up to three per cent.

The Anthem’s redesigned hood and bumper have a three-piece construction that also helps cut service time, Mack said, while a new central hood latch and release system eliminates the need for drivers to walk from side to side to tilt the hood and requires 50 per cent less effort to raise.

Gauges on the instrument panel have been positioned higher for better driver visibility, while HVAC controls and the 12-speed Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission (AMT) shift pad have been relocated closer to the driver’s fingertips.

Inspired by racecar controls, a new flat-bottom steering wheel is a Class 8 (heavy-duty) trucking industry first, providing improved dash visibility, as well as easier ingress and egress. The new steering wheel also contains illuminated controls for cruise control, Bluetooth and the audio system.

Redesigned back wall and side cabinets provide up to 27 cubic feet of storage space for drivers. A Mack-exclusive under-bunk storage system offers three additional illuminated storage trays which lift for access to a luggage compartment. Optional comfort features include a television prep kit that can accommodate up to a 24-inch flat screen and a drawer-style refrigerator mounted on the passenger side.

The Anthem is available with the 13-litre Mack MP8 engine producing up to 505hp and 1,860 lb-ft of torque, depending on spec. Several enhancements to improve efficiency and productivity are included, such as a patented wave piston design that enables more complete fuel combustion and a common-rail fuel system to more accurately control fuel injection.

The 11-litre Mack MP7 is also available as an option on the Anthem.

Both engines share a number of additional enhancements to improve serviceability and reduce maintenance needs, including a two-piece valve cover, shimless rockers and a low-pressure fuel system with an enhanced, integrated aftertreatment dosing module. An updated, double-walled EGR flow sensor helps reduce condensation and soot buildup in cold weather, while a new intake throttle enables a faster warmup when the engine is started.

Mack also introduced Mack Connect, which uses predictive analytics and connective technologies to turn data produced by the truck, the driver and the service process into insights and actions, resulting in increased support and service to Mack customers.

“It’s a really exciting time for Mack Trucks. Mack has been going from strength to strength, both locally and globally, and the Mack Anthem is an insight into the future direction for Mack Trucks; and what a great looking future that is," said Bestwick.

"Mack went to unprecedented lengths to get driver input during the development of the Mack Anthem, and the result is unlike anything on the road today. The engineers and designers at Mack have done an amazing job retaining the iconic bold and chiselled looks whilst improving aerodynamic properties resulting in increased fuel economy."

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