WILLOUGHBY, OHIO…Western Star Trucks today introduced a low-profile, “LowMax” version of the Western Star 4900 EX heavy-duty truck. The 4900 EX LowMax features a lowered cab and sleeper height and is loaded with styling features for maximum driver appeal. The retro-looking “LowMax" is available as a highway tractor in a 132-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) dimension with a set-forward front axle.
“Western Star’s new 4900 EX LowMax is designed for those owner-operators who appreciate a high-style truck with low-profile performance possibilities,” said John Merrifield, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Western Star Trucks. “The truck’s combination of premium features and extremely low overall vehicle profile make it unique in its class. We expect the Western Star 4900 EX LowMax to be popular with truckers who take pride and pleasure in owning a great-looking truck. And for owner-operators who enjoy competing in truck beauty contests, the LowMax is a genuine
contender for best-of-show.”
With its extended hood, dual stacks and close-to-the-road design, the LowMax achieves the sought-after traditional styling while adding its own distinctive flair. The truck’s characteristic look is complemented by chrome and stainless steel accessories available exclusively through Western Star dealers. Inside, operators can select premium interior trim packages from a number of available options.
The 4900 EX LowMax features a cab height almost a foot lower than standard. With its lowered step height, the LowMax 4900 EX gives the operator easy access to the cab. The truck’s low center of gravity also provides advantages in road handling and stability. In addition, Western Star engineers reduced the frontal area of the truck, creating significant aerodynamic enhancements as well as contributing to the truck’s distinctive look.
The 4900 EX LowMax has a minimum overall height just over 104 inches -- with the cab lights and horns removed and with low-profile 275/70 R22.50-inch tires. Standard equipment includes a 1,300-square inch cross-flow radiator for optimum engine cooling. A low-ride-height front suspension and 6.38-inch ride height AirLiner™ rear suspension contribute to the low-profile design. The Dana Spicer E-13201 front axle has a five-inch drop. The dual six-inch exhaust stacks feature horizontal low-noise mufflers.
For routine maintenance, the LowMax offers enhanced accessibility to the engine and service points along the firewall. It is also easier than ever for the operator to clean the windshield. “Our customers have asked for these features, and the 4900 EX LowMax delivers them,” Merrifield said.
The 4900 EX LowMax is available with a range of sleeper sizes and roof heights, all arranged to the lowered configuration. The truck is available now from Western Star dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
“Western Star’s new 4900 EX LowMax is a great addition to the Western Star product line and another example of our commitment to delivering the most distinctive heavy-duty trucks on the road today,” Merrifield said.
He added, "We have big plans to grow the Western Star brand and are making significant investments in product development, marketing, and in a new production location in Portland, Oregon. Stay tuned for more exciting news as we further Western Star's reputation as one of North America's most prestigious heavy-duty truck brands."
Western Star Trucks Inc. is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading North American producer of heavy-duty trucks. Headquartered in Willoughby, Ohio, Western Star produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Freightliner LLC is a DaimlerChrysler Company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.