Peterbilt plans special 379, new cabover and engines

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Peterbilt announced at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas that its flagship Model 379 will go out in style with a 1,000-unit special Legacy Class Edition. During a meeting Thursday with trucking journalists at the company’s Denton, Texas, plant, the company also announced a new medium-duty cabover and new medium-duty engines.

Peterbilt said earlier this year that it would replace the 379 with the new Model 389, which incorporates key styling elements of the 379 while introducing advanced technologies and refinements for improved aerodynamics. The 379 “defined the appearance and performance expectations for a generation of trucks,” said Dan Sobic, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president.

The Legacy Class features:

  • Emblems on the grille and both sides of the cab;
  • A custom dash plate inscribed with the production number of the vehicle;
  • A polished aluminum hood centerline;
  • Premium UltraRide seats embroidered with an emblem; and
  • The exterior Platinum Oval Package and the Platinum interior.
  • Sobic said the Legacy’s special features will add a premium of about $3,000 over a comparably spec’d truck. It is limited to the extended hood, 127-inch BBC configuration. The truck can be ordered now, for delivery in the first quarter of 2007, with 2006 engines.

    The new cabover, Model 220, will be offered initially in Class 7 configurations and limited to 100 units. Full production of the 220 is scheduled for late 2007, at which time a Class 6 version will be offered. “The Model 220 is based on the award-winning design of the DAF LF, a European market leader for our sister company DAF Trucks, which introduced the vehicle in 2001,” Sobic said.

    The new engines, the Paccar 6.7-liter PX-6 and the 8.3-liter PX-8, will be available in 2007. The PX-6 will have horsepower ratings from 200 to 325 and torque ranging from 520 to 750 pound-feet. It will be standard for the Class 6 Model 330 and an option for the Class 7 Model 335. The PX-8 will have horsepower ratings from 240 to 330 and torque ranging from 660 to 1,000 pound-feet. It will be standard for Models 335 and 340.