The launch of the latest truck to come out of Bayswater sees Kenworth mix classic with modern in a new model in the growing range of ‘10s’, this time it’s a T410SAR. This launch sees the familiar and classic radiator and bonnet shape now available on Paccar’s follow up to the release of the more modern styled T410 model last year.
In the larger T610 models truck buyers were offered the modern styling or classic shape simultaneously. This time with the smaller T4 models the rearrangement of engine compartment geography has taken longer to develop with the classic bonnet shape than it did for the more modern, aerodynamic T410.
One of the important consideration was to achieve the traditional look of a conventional Kenworth while gaining the improved visibility and manoeuvrability achieved on the first T410 released. This new model sees the standard 2.1 metre cabin introduced further into the Kenworth range, leaving only the top end T9 conventional without an option to be fitted with this more modern design and including multiplexed electrics.
“Of paramount importance in delivering new product is the need to maintain the exceptional performance, quality, durability and productivity for which Kenworth is renowned,” said Noelle Parlier, Chief Engineer, Paccar Australia. “Our extensive testing and validation process supports this, as does our own research and development, further enhancing product as innovations come to hand.”
The new SAR offers the weight distribution benefits for which the SAR models are known. Th new model has been specifically designed to provide for maximum payload under Australian regulations for 19m B-Double, most 19m Quad Dog applications and car carrier specifications, 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, it is is aimed at local and interstate distribution and suitable for PBS and other heavy-duty applications.
“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,” said Brad May, Director Sales and Marketing, Paccar Australia. “The same combination being made available in the T410SAR.”
Powered by the Paccar MX-13, the T410SAR is available in either 460 or 510 horsepower variants. Transmission options are the Paccar 12-speed or Eaton 18-speed automated transmissions, integrated with the Paccar 12volt MX-13 engine.
The Paccar 12-speed transmission features an aluminium main case, internal sensors and wiring, and helical cut gearing. With a torque capacity of 1850 ft lb it is rated to 50 tonnes GCM, and claimed by Kenworth to tick all the boxes in terms of class-leading weight, durability and serviceability.
The Eaton 18-speed UltraShift Plus transmission is available with a torque capacity of 1850 ft lb or 2050 ft lb and a rating of up to 70 tonnes GCM. Both automated transmissions are operated via a transmission stalk controller mounted on the right hand side of the steering column, selecting various transmission modes and exhaust brake is easy with both the transmission and engine brake in one convenient location.
According to Kenworth, moving the transmission controller away from the dash has provided more space in front of the dashboard to allow easier movement around the cabin. The T410SAR also comes optioned with an 18-speed Eaton manual transmission.
As with all of the new models using this cabin configuration, large, adjustable, aerodynamic, multi-way power adjustable mirrors with high strength cast break-away brackets reduce mirror vibration and offer an optimal rear view of the vehicle.
As an example of how Kenworth mix classic with modern in a new model, the T410SAR is available with collision avoidance and mitigation technology. The suite of technologies include active cruise with braking and lane departure warning. Toggle switches provide full control of systems such as engine brakes, engine fan, driver-controlled differential locks and suspension dump valves.
An optional 7 inch display provides access to satellite navigation systems, radio and media functions and virtual gauges, unique to Kenworth. For enhanced ease of operation, cruise control and audio controls are on the steering wheel.