International unveils first all-new truck in six years

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Updated Feb 7, 2016
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International Truck on Monday unveiled its first all-new vehicle since 2010 as the company sets its sights on winning back work truck marketshare – a segment the Illinois-based truckmaker used to dominate.

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“The design of our new HX Series is based on in-depth discussions with leading users of severe service applications,” says Bill Kozek, president, Truck and Parts, Navistar, Inc. “Each of the four models in the series has been engineered to deliver unmatched performance for the most punishing jobs, while making operators more productive.”

Each of the HX Series’ four models are available in either set-forward or set-back front axle models and in short or long hood configurations.

The HX515, powered by Navistar’s N13 engine, is a 115 inch BBC set-forward axle straight truck aimed at concrete mixer, construction dump, refuse/roll-off and crane vocations.

The HX615, which also gets the N13 engine, is a 115 inch BBC set-back axle truck or tractor aimed at construction dump, concrete mixer, platform stake/crane and refuse/roll-off applications.

The HX620, powered by a Cummins ISX15 engine, is a 120 inch BBC set-back axle truck or tractor targeting heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane users.

The HX520, which also uses the Cummins ISX15 engine, is a 120 inch BBC set-forward axle truck or tractor catering to heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane segments.

HX_logoEach model features a huck-bolted frame and cross members to minimize vibration and maximize structural integrity. An available 12.5″ x .5″ single rail delivers 3.5 million RBM at 13 percent less weight than a 10 inch rail, allowing room for a heavier load, Navistar says.

Each truck features a three-piece Metton hood designed to resist cracking and doors feature stainless steel piano hinges for added strength. The tow pin is rated at 150,000 lbs. for extreme recovery towing.

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A right and left 40-degree wheel cut allows for improved maneuverability, the company says, while angled fenders provide greater wheel clearance. Navistar says the hood’s low angle makes for the industry’s best front forward visibility, and the new model also gets a larger rear window compared to the company’s prior model.

The HX Series is equipped with the all-new DriverFirst Cab Air Suspension, designed with 52 inch springs to produce a comfortable and quiet ride.

Updated look

Hoods and grilles across the entire lineup get a refreshed look and customers will have options for bright finishes.

Navistar says the interior was ergonomically designed to offer more room for the driver. Contoured door handles added hip room and storage space, and a central console is angled for an easy reach to controls.

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The standard tilt/telescoping steering column adjusts to accommodate any size driver and gauges are designed and positioned to deliver optimal visibility and vital information at a glance.

LED lighting is standard throughout, as are air conditioning, power windows and power locks.

The HX Series underwent testing at Navistar’s Proving Grounds in Indiana, where it was subjected to accelerated life testing, which simulated 10 years of wear and tear and vibration in extreme duty cycles. Vehicles underwent staggered bumps testing, which generated torsional twist in the chassis, to ensure suspension components were stabilized and equalized. Each model was also subjected to severe duty ditch event, in which a fully loaded vehicle is run through four ditch events that are 12 inch in depth.

The trucks are currently available for order with deliveries expected to begin this Spring.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected].