Kenworth launched its 2006 models for Class 8 T600, T800, W900 and C500 tractors, and a lot of former options now are standard features.
“The multiplexed electronic instrumentation, world-class fit and finish, and increased driver comfort offer a productive new Kenworth experience for on- and off-highway customers,” said Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president.
Many of the new features are right in front of the driver.
“To enhance ergonomics, the standard lighting is now better than any prior combination of optional lighting.” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth’s chief engineer. Driver and passenger seats both have dome lights and task lights mounted over the door. The rear headliner now includes a dome light, and floor glare is reduced by under-dash, red-lens lighting.
A new speedometer and tachometer cluster is accompanied by standard 2-inch diameter gauges, with chrome bezels. Also standard are an outside temperature gauge, engine hour meter, odometer and trip odometer. The dash features new lighting to make gauges easier to see at night and also comes with larger rocker switches and five pre-wired spare switches.
Kenworth engineers cut a full decibel from interior noise in the new models, a 20 percent reduction. Other ergonomic changes to make the driver’s life easier include a new pedal package, which uses a hanging throttle pedal and a complementary brake pedal for easier operation; and a new, soft door pad with a “luxurious feel” that has been put through a 150,000-cycle door-slam test. The map pocket in the door supported more than 400 pounds during load testing.
These new models offer two cab trim levels: the classic Kenworth Diamond and the functional Splendor style. Both come in four primary colors with two-tone seats.
But some of the classic W900s you see in 2006 might look a little different: Kenworth is offering a curved windshield option.