Kenworth adds 52″ sleeper to T680

Jason Cannon

March 20, 2013

20130320-160708.jpgKenworth Trucks unveiled this morning a new T680 model with a 52-inch sleeper, made for regional and mid-range distance applications, said the truck maker. The announcement came this morning at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Kenworth’s Chief Engineer Kevin Baney said the truck is ideal for drivers who spend 3-5 days on the road, as it still offers the amenities of the 76-inch model’s sleeper and cab but weighs 700 pounds less and has “a smaller footprint,” Baney says.

Moreover, the truck has been optimized for flatbed and tanker-hauling operations, says Baney.

“Many regional haul applications don’t utilize full-height trailers,” Baney said. “Operators who run tank, flatbed, heavy haul, lowboy and container trailers typically have lower trailer heights or lower payload heights than traditional 53-foot dry van trailers. The mid-roof sleeper is a more application-specific design and can be more efficient because it pushes less air.”

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Kenworth also debuted at its press event the new severe duty T880, which is like the company’s T800, but with a more utilitarian cab and dash layout.

​The company also announced a new factory-installed and integrated engine-off heating and cooling idle management system for the T680 (76-inch sleeper).

The system is a battery-based APU system for air conditioning that is tied directly into the T680’s ducting system.

Want to see the inside? Watch this…

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