LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY… Western Star Trucks today announced several enhancements to its premium line of rugged and reliable trucks and tractors. These updates, which include a new insulation in the cab and sleeper, an all-wheel drive option for the 6900 XD Twin-Steer, and a restyled 4900 SA hood with a 109 inch bumper to back of cab dimension, were introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.
“By continually listening to our customers and responding to their business needs, we are able to enhance our products to better meet customer demands,” said Jim Crowcroft, Product Marketing Manager for Western Star Trucks.
New Insulation in Cab and Sleeper
Later this year, all Western Star models will be manufactured with new insulation in the cab and sleeper. Already known as one of the quietest cabs in the industry, the new insulation will provide even more sound absorption as well as weight savings.
The insulation will be installed on the walls, ceiling, and along the alcove by the exhaust cut-out in the sleeper and cab. Reflective film on the insulation will help improve the thermal control properties.
6900 XD Twin-Steer All-Wheel Drive
An all-wheel drive option is now available on the Western Star 6900 XD Twin-Steer. Designed for off-road mobility, the all-wheel drive option is ideal for jobs demanding additional traction and power, such maneuvering through deep mud and climbing up and down slick ramps while dismantling oil rigs in oil field applications.
Similar to the 8x6 Twin-Steer, the all-wheel drive Twin-Steer incorporates several advances in steering and suspensions, and is larger and more powerful than previous models. The truck offers the benefit of a dual circuit steering system to provide increased capacity to steer the oversize floatation tires in deep mud. For superior mobility, the front suspension utilizes four asymmetrical taper-leaf slipper springs with four parallel torque rods to control each front steer axle through the 12 inches of suspension travel.
Restyled 4900 SA 109-inch Hood
The Western Star 109-inch BBC 4900 SA has been restyled to reflect the same family look as the 123-inch BBC 4900 SA. With new stainless steel side intakes, improved visibility, and increased aerodynamics, the restyled truck is great for vocational customers that want a shorter BBC with set-back axle. It works well for small dump trucks and mixers and in urban settings where maneuverability is crucial.
Hendrickson HAULMAXX and PRIMAXX Availability
All Western Star models offer the Hendrickson HAULMAXXTM rear suspension and the PRIMAXXTM rear air suspension.
HAULMAXX features a walking beam suspension that allows truck owners to maximize their payload on each run, while also providing superior ride and handling. With higher strength materials and advanced manufacturing processes, HAULMAXX provides reliability, quality, and lower maintenance.
PRIMAXX is a premium heavy-duty air suspension designed specifically for the rigorous demands of vocational and heavy-haul applications. It features a non-torque reactive design that offers improved articulation and mobility on the job site while providing superior ride quality for driver comfort and equipment protection.
Western Star Trucks, headquartered in Willoughby, Ohio, produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a member of the Freightliner LLC Group. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.