Leading heavy duty truck maker Kenworth has announced a new model, hitting Australian roads right in the middle of  the  Covid crisis, with the launch of  the new T410 SAR.

Paccar Australia says the T410 SAR is another example of the benefits of local Australian application-engineering for Australian road transport operators.

The company says the new model has been driven by a continuous innovation and product development process,  and has been influenced heavily by customer and driver feedback, and says it has taken features of the T410 and applied those and more to bring the T410SAR to its customers.

“Combining classic Kenworth styling with modern enhancements, the T410SAR complements the existing Kenworth product range and provides Australian and New Zealand customers with additional solutions for their application needs,” said the director of sales and marketing for Paccar Australia, Brad May.

“The new model combines the best attributes of both a cab-over and conventional truck, offering ‘excellent manoeuvrability and visibility and like a cab-over, a minimal overall length, with the serviceability, ease of cab access and low-tare weight of a bonneted truck,” said Brad May.

“Of paramount importance in delivering new product is the need to maintain the exceptional performance, quality, durability and productivity for which Kenworth is renowned. Our extensive testing and validation process supports this, as does our own research and development, further enhancing product as innovations come to hand,” he added.

“First released in 2016, the T410SAR is the latest evolution of the T610 platform with 2.1m wide cab, further development of the platform has enabled us to refine and enhance many key elements in the T410SAR,” he said.

Chief engineer for Paccar Australia Noelle Parlier, said this development has allowed the company to bring a product to market with all the Kenworth hallmarks and more.

Offering better weight distribution with its set-forward front axle and classic Kenworth styling, the T410SAR delivers bigger payloads, a superior driver environment, improved fuel economy and a greater choice of options.

Specifically designed to provide for maximum payload under Australian regulations for 19m B-Double, most 19m Quad Dog applications and car carrier specifications, Kenworth says the T410SAR offers a shorter bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) length of 2,850mm.

The T410SAR is available in rigid, single and multi-trailer combinations and is currently available in a 6×4 configuration, with car carrier and 8×4 configurations confirmed for release later this year.

Rated at up to 70 tonnes GCM, Kenworth says the new truck is ideal for local and interstate distribution and suitable for PBS and other heavy-duty applications. The company adds  that the truck. Is built to last the distance, and adds that the durable T410SAR ‘sets the benchmark for whole of life value and has been designed with customers’ requirements in mind’.

“To develop a new product that meets the needs of our customers, consultation is paramount and is the foundation of its development. Sharing many of the same attributes as the T410SAR, feedback from customers on the performance and handling of the T410 has been positive, including feedback received from customers with an integrated PACCAR Powertrain, incorporating the PACCAR MX-13 engine and 12-speed transmission. The same combination being made available in the T410SAR,” added  Brad May.

The company says that for optimal driver appeal, the in-cab environment comes with a choice of premium traditional diamond pleat trim in a range of contemporary colours, or the smart new fleet spec trim. The T410SAR also boasts four sleeper cab options, a 600mm aero, 760mm mid-roof, 860mm aero and for car carrier specifications, a new 600mm flat-roof sleeper due for release early in 2021.

The T410SAR will be available in either 460 or 510 horsepower variants of the Paccar MC-13 mated to either the Paccar branded 12-speed or Eaton 18-speed automated transmissions. Paccar points out that the 12-speed transmission features an aluminium main case, internal sensors and wiring, and helical cut gearing and boasts  a torque capacity of 1850lbft and is rated to 50 tonnes GCM.

The Eaton 18-speed UltraShift Plus transmission is available with a torque capacity of 1850lbft or 2050lbft and a rating of up to 70 tonnes GCM. Both AMTs are now operated via a transmission stalk controller mounted on the right hand side of the steering column, with various transmission modes and exhaust brake in one location. Kenworth says moving the transmission controller away from the dash has provided more space in front of the dashboard for easier movement around the cabin. The T410SAR is also available with an optioned with an 18-speed Eaton manual transmission.

In addition to the full EBSS safety suite, the T410SAR according to Kenworth, also offers improved ingress and egress for the driver, enhanced visibility within the cab and ergonomics to round out the safety offering for which Kenworth is known.

The company says that  enhanced visibility has been achieved by the intelligent design of the windscreen, doors and mirrors allowing the driver to be in complete command, easily glancing at anything without having to turn or duck their head.

The T410SAR is available with the latest collision avoidance and mitigation technology including active cruise with braking and lane departure warning, building on existing active and passive safety design elements and overall ergonomics designed for comfort and control.

T&B News hopes to bring you a full road test story on the T4190 SAR as soon as is practicable.