Modern look for old master
Kenworth has a stylish upgrade, writes James Stanford
KENWORTH has overhauled its range with bold styling changes, cleaner engines and interior upgrades.
The heavy-duty Australian sales champion will reveal its 2011 range at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame reunion in Alice Springs today.
Big Wheels and Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr visited Paccar’s Bayswater Kenworth factory last week to see the trucks taking shape.
Kenworth started working on its 2011 range of trucks more than two years ago with an emphasis on making them comply with the ADR 80/03 emissions standard that comes in on January 1.
Paccar sales and marketing director Andrew Hadjikakou says: ‘‘The need to change for 2011 was initially driven by new emission standards, it also allowed us to further refine and enhance many other aspects of the range in line with our own research and development and feedback from our broad customer base.’’
Styling is a key part of the 2011 program. The aerodynamic models, including the T403, T409 and T609, as well as the K200 cab-over, have all been given styling upgrades.
It was easy to spot the differences between the old and the new when Kenworth parked a T403 nose to nose with the previousgeneration T402.
The most noticeable element for the bonneted aero models was the bigger and bolder grille with a thick chrome centre strip and surround.
Then there were the swept-back headlights, the contoured engine compartment and bolder wheel arches.
Kenworth has also added stylish air vents to the sides of the bonnet. All 2011 models get new tapered front under-run protection bumpers.
Kenworth says the bumper design pushes more air into the grille for better cooling.
The tough T409 SAR workhorse retains the same rugged styling as before, as do the T359, T609, T909 and C509.
Kenworth has also made several changes to make life easier for drivers.
The Delphi heater, ventilation and airconditioning unit already fitted to the cab-over has now been added across the conventional model range.
It features a serviceable filtration system to keep out dust.
Kenworth has fitted new doors with new handles, electric windows and central locking. There are wider padded armrests that feature integrated window and mirror controls.
All of the new Kenworth models will meet the ADR 80/03 emission standards thanks to a mixture of cooled exhaust-gas recirculation and a particulate filter on most models, plus selective catalytic reduction on its smaller T3 model.
Aerodynamic: the Kenworth T403 (above) and Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr with Paccar Australia managing director Joe Rizzo (left).