New Cab or Not?
It was an obvious question: When will the T909 get the 2.1-metre wide cab fitted to Kenworth’s new T610?
With a shrewd smile, Brad May answered simply, “Not sure really, but I can tell you it definitely won’t be tomorrow or anytime soon.”
The T9’s current 1.83-metre wide cab dates back to the original T600 from the mid-80s, so it seems fair to assume that given the big investment in the T610, the new cab will be eventually used across Kenworth’s conventional range.
“Right now, there’s no pressing demand for the wider cab on the T9,” Brad continued, “but over the next few years we will sound the market out and see what appetite there is for it.
“In the meantime, we’ll let the wide cab continue to establish itself in the T610 and perhaps some other models.”
While he wouldn’t be drawn on ‘other models’, the next truck with the wide cab will almost certainly be a T410.
“Whatever happens, it has to be the right product for customers,” Brad commented. “Change is not always readily accepted or sought by truck buyers, but that said, once advantages of a particular product are established – be it a wider cab or whatever – it normally doesn’t take long to see a change in thinking.
“I have no doubt the wider cab on the T9 will come. When? Five years, maybe!” he said with shrug.
In other words, don’t hold your breath.
Above: The model’s 2.1-metre wide cab won’t be finding a home on the T9 chassis anytime soon