Kenworth Truck Company launched the new T880 at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville KY recently.

This truck is for vocational applications, including dump, mixer, refuse, and heavy haul. Its addition will complement Kenworth’s current vocational line-up that includes the T800, T440, W900S, and C500. The T880 will be available for production in summer 2013.

The T880 is standard with the 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine. With its high-end ratings of 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, the MX-13 engine provides a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine option for vocational applications, including dumps and heavy haul applications of more than 100,000 lbs. The T880 also is available with the Cummins ISX15 engine with up to 600 hp and 2,050 lb-ft of torque.

The T880 uses Kenworth’s 2.1-meter wide, stamped aluminum cab, which is robotically assembled. The cab has a comfortable 23 inches of room between the seats. The T880 offers the Diamond VIT and Vantage trim levels and two interior color options of Sandstone Tan and Slate Gray.

Key T880 features include:

•Stamped aluminum cab—The lightweight cab is new for vocational applications. First introduced with the T680 in 2012, the cab’s durability testing regimen focused on achieving the highest, demanding requirements for vocational trucks. Robotically assembled, the stamped aluminum panels are connected by Henrob self-penetrating fasteners to produce a durable cab with enhanced resistance to noise, vibration, and corrosion. The cab also uses Kenworth’s signature cowl-mounted mirrors for better visibility, increased durability, and reduced adjustment.

•Panoramic windshield—The T880 is standard with a panoramic one-piece, bonded-in windshield with superior visibility. The T880 windshield has excellent thickness to minimize the effect of rock incidents, offers efficient replacement time, and is much larger than the T800 windshield.

•Robust door—The lightweight, stamped aluminum door is durable and robust enough to support up to 400 lbs. The door provides smooth airflow around the cab and minimizes noise-inducing turbulence. A pressure relief valve equalizes interior and exterior air pressure to make the door easy to open and close. The door is triple-sealed against the elements and road noise.

•Hood and bumper—The new vocational hood is made of Metton, a lightweight, durable composite material with excellent impact resistance and finished surface. The hood, which offers easier and faster repair, is offered in two configurations, both with bolt-on fenders. The T880 is available in a 116.5-inch BBC. It also is available in a 122.5-inch BBC standard length. Both include a five-piece Metton hood. The signature Kenworth grille is made from corrosion-resistant aluminum wire mesh for protection of cooling system components. The grille’s surround is made of polished stainless steel. With the advanced hood assist system, lifting the hood requires just 35 lbs of opening force. To aid in serviceability and replacements, the T880 is available with all current T800 metal bumpers.

•Lighting—The T880 is standard with dual lamp complex reflector headlamps. All standard exterior lights use LED technology that provides a 20,000-hour life, which equates to about 15 years of truck life. LED lights are also used extensively in the cab and sleeper.

•Vocational options—The T880 is available with five new, factory-installed and lightweight Watson & Chalin lift axles, including a 10,000-lb-capacity offering for the first time and a 20,000-lb version with a 200-lb weight savings. Also offered are new steering gears for improved steering feedback and increased wheelcut for greater maneuverability.

•Driver Performance Center—The Driver Performance Center uses a full-color, high-resolution, 5-inch Thin Film Transistor display screen, which includes current truck information, diagnostic data, and pop-up alerts. The center also displays situational-specific recommendations that help improve vehicle performance.

•HVAC system—With standard Automatic Temperature Control, simply set the desired temperature, and the system maintains it. A one-touch feature provides maximum defrost.

•Seats—The proprietary seats offer an advanced air suspension system that automatically adjusts to various driver weights. A full range of seat comfort can address driver-specific preferences. For the T880, Kenworth offers the DuraSupreme heavy duty seat fabric in charcoal, gray and tan.

•Kenworth dash—The dash cluster has an easy-to-read layout with nine standard gauges and 12 additional gauges available. The switches use the toggling feature that drivers prefer, while maintaining rocker switch functionality. The T880 uses new electric-over-air dash switches introduced on the T680, and offers additional options to aid with vocational and body builder requirements. The dash includes Kenworth NavPlus—with hands-free cell phone capability via Bluetooth connections and voice commands. NavPlus is standard with premium interior trim.

Access www.kenworth.com for full information.

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