May 21, 2013
The new ProBilt interior for Peterbilt’s low- cab forward vehicle features ergonomic improvements, system enhancements and improved overall visibility.
“The Model 320’s new interior delivers unparalleled fit and finish and provides drivers a comfortable and productive operating environment for outstanding performance in this specialty market,” Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Director of Sales and Marketing, says.
The Model 320 interior underwent a floor-to-ceiling re-design, Woodall says, beginning with an ergonomic dash layout.
“The new instrumentation panel includes LED backlit gauges that are easy-to-read and are easily visible through the new steering wheel, along with the new Driver Information Display that provides critical vehicle data, as well as rocker switches that are within easy reach,” Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, says.
Peterbilt incorporated an in-mold process, embedding color directly into the dash to inhibit fading, scratching and peeling, and removable dash panels allow easy access to electrical and HVAC components. The truck maker says it improved the HVAC system throughout the cab, and the new header includes overhead HVAC controls and toggle switches for body devices and the ConcertClass audio system.
The cab’s B-pillar has been re-designed to include cab corner windows for increased visibility. A lowered dash brow and a large, retractable sunshade that spreads the length of the front windshield also contributes to improved overall visibility.
The new interior also includes a large, multi-purpose center console. Removable panels allow for easy installation and convenient access to body controls. Storage space is abundant, with multiple large storage compartments, a space designed specifically for a small lunch cooler, driver and passenger side cup holders as well as a USB charging port and 12VDC charging outlet.
“The interior is symmetrically designed to make sure the driver enjoys the same convenient comforts whether the cab is a left hand or right hand drive configuration,” Sproull says.
The cab features the extensive use of LED lighting, including two directional dome lights in the header, as well as two over-the-door lights and one large light on the back wall. LED lighting reduces eye fatigue and power consumption and also provides extended bulb life.
“Our engineers consulted with numerous customers during the design process to get their input regarding the pedal placement and space between the throttle and the brakes,” said Sproull. “This resulted in an optimized pedal layout that provides a more comfortable driving position.”
Additional features include:
The foundation of Peterbilt’s rugged Model 320 is the huck-bolted aluminum cab that features lap seam construction and bulkhead style doors on a zinc-coated, steel subframe for maximum durability and corrosion resistance. In applications where stopping distance is critical, the 320 comes standard with air disc brakes, which improve brake life and reduce service time. An industry-leading, 65-degree cab tilt provides technicians easy access to key service points for improved serviceability and reduced downtime. Use of LED marker lights, instead of incandescents, extends service intervals.
A 90-degree door opening with multiple grab handles and an impact-resistant, bolt-on step provides easy entry and exit. The exclusive use of taper leaf front springs provides an increasingly smooth ride. An impressive 44-degree wheel cut allows drivers to easily maneuver in congested urban environments. The Model 320 offers a full range of axle selections in single, tandem or tri-drive configurations, plus a full complement of liftable axle options and a tandem steer front axle configuration rated at 36,000 lbs.
In addition, the Model 320 is available in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with the Cummins Westport ISL G and ISX 12 G Engines. Both configurations provide flexibility to locate the fuel tanks either off the frame rail or integrated with the body.