Kenworth officially launched their new T610 truck in Melbourne after almost a decade of development. This is the result of more than 100,000 design hours and more than ten million kilometers of testing. Basically, Kenworth developed the T610 for the local road transport market specifically.
According to Brad May, Paccar Australia’s Director of Sales and Marketing, the T610 is the single largest investment in product development the company has ever made in Australia. In addition, he says that it represents everything a Kenworth should be in terms of durability, reliability and safety. Furthermore, the really noticeable product improvements are the superior space, ergonomics and driver comfort and control. Brad May continues to say that the truck features an entirely new cabin. It now centers around the needs of the driver.
May further explains that the core of the project is about building a bigger cab. But more than that, it’s about creating the ultimate driver environment. “A good driver environment leads to better all-round driving performance, safety, efficiency and productivity.” The cab of the T610 measures at 2.1m. That is 300mm wider than its predecessor. It also meets Australia’s stringent length laws with its new design of a pushed cab over the engine. Because of that, the T610 becomes more attractive for the fleet market.
Ross Cureton, Kenworth’s Engineering Project Design Manager, mentions that Kenworth elevated the benchmark for the T610. He elaborated by saying that the new truck underwent testing three times more than any Australian Kenworth truck before it. He goes to explain that all Kenworth trucks run on a standard 60-day shake test program. Here, they mount the physical cab on a simulation machine to determine whether it will survive. However, they did this with the T610 three times. Cureton shares that the cab passed with flying colors.
Another part of the new cab is the automotive quality dashboard. This comes with an improved access to the air conditioning system, as well as a tool free access to electrical circuit protection. In the meantime, you get to experience the power of the Cummins X15 Euro V engine with Advanced Dynamic Efficient Powertrain (ADEPT) technology.
Kenworth will offer the two models, the T610 and T610 SAR, in either day cab or a 860mm sleeper. This makes it versatile enough to accommodate any application.
In essence, the new design boasts of a greater foot space, wider walkthrough access between the seats, more standing room and storage, and more expansive door and windscreen glass. These offer “space, visibility, and ergonomics never before seen in Kenworth’s suite of Australian made trucks”.