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Kenworth Expands Into Class 5 Market With New T170 Model

Fri December 14, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Kenworth Truck Company is expanding into the Class 5 market with the introduction of the Kenworth T170 model.

The Kenworth T170 is a straight truck in a 4x2 configuration with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) up to 19,500 lbs. (8,845 kg).

Standard features include the PACCAR PX-6 engine rated at 200 hp (149 kW) and 520 ft.-lbs. (705 Nm) of torque, an 8,000-lb. (3,629 kg) front axle and an 11,500-lb. (5,216 kg) rear axle, hydraulic brakes, low-frame height chassis with 19.5 in. (49.5 cm) wheels and tires, power door locks, passenger-side electric windows (optional on driver’s side), and Kenworth DayLite doors with right-hand peeper window.

Customers can choose a manual or automatic transmission. The 6.7-L PACCAR PX-6 engine offers a high horsepower to weight ratio and has a 2-year warranty with unlimited miles.

The Kenworth T170 is available with the Kenworth Medium Duty Van Body Program.

“Kenworth’s latest addition to its expanding medium-duty truck lineup offers outstanding performance, quality and reliability,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager of marketing and sales.

“The Kenworth T170 provides a highly affordable and maneuverable product for customers … in the non-CDL, Class 5 market while also aiding driver retention. Customers also will benefit by being able to have their T170s serviced at Kenworth dealerships instead of at car dealerships.”

The new Kenworth T170 incorporates a single-piece, painted steel bumper that is forward of the hood to help reduce impact damage and new Metton quarter fenders for additional durability and impact resistance. The new sheet molded composite (SMC) hood offers improved access to the engine compartment with 90-degree hood tilt for ease of service.

New halogen projector low beam head lamps provide up to 30 percent more light down the road and three times longer life than sealed beam head lamps. The Kenworth T170 also comes with a steel battery box and ABS cover, heat-treated frame rail, and 35-gal. (132.5 L), steel rectangular fuel tank.

Inside, the Kenworth T170’s ergonomically friendly dash features a wrap-around instrument panel with large, easy-to-read, gauges. The fully trimmed cab does not include a doghouse, which greatly reduces interior noise.

Key options include a telescoping and tilting steering wheel, workstation with two 12-volt power ports for laptops or printers, optional corner windows to aid in backing and negotiating tight spots, and an electronic shift module.

The Kenworth T170 joins Kenworth’s latest lineup of medium-duty trucks which features the T370 Class 7 and T270 Class 6 conventional models (both also available in a diesel-electric hybrid configuration starting in 2008), and the K360 Class 7 and K260 Class 6 cabover models.

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