Truck & Components
- Written by CP Staff
Eyeing eventual replacement of its stalwart for dump trucks and concrete mixers, the T800, Kenworth has introduced the T880 in 116.5-in. or 122.5-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab lengths. Scheduled for summer production, the model's spacious, 83-in. wide cab is assembled with self-penetrating fasteners and stamped aluminum panels for a durable enclosure exhibiting enhanced noise, vibration and corrosion resistance.
Stamped aluminum cab. The lightweight cab is new for vocational applications. Robotically assembled, its stamped aluminum panels are connected by Henrob self-penetrating fasteners to produce an extremely durable structure. The cab sports company's signature cowl-mounted mirrors for better visibility, increased durability, and reduced adjustment.
Panoramic windshield. Standard, one-piece, bonded-in windshield with high visibility and marked increase in size compared to the T800 windshield. Extra thickness minimizes the effect of rock incidents and replacement time requirements.
Robust door. The lightweight, stamped aluminum door supports up to 400 lb. It provides smooth airflow around the cab and minimizes noise-inducing turbulence. A pressure relief valve equalizes interior and exterior air pressure to make the door easy to open and close. The door is triple sealed against the elements and road noise.
Hood and bumper. The new vocational hood is made of Metton, a lightweight, durable composite material with excellent impact resistance and finished surface. The hood, which offers easier and faster repair, is offered in two configurations, both with bolt-on fenders. With a polished stainless steel surround, the signature Kenworth grille is made from corrosion- resistant aluminum wire mesh to protect cooling system components. An advanced assist system enables the hood to be lifted with 35 lb. of opening force. Augmenting serviceability and replacements, the T880 is available with all current T800 metal bumpers.
Lighting. The T880 is standard with dual lamp complex reflector headlamps. All standard exterior lights utilize LED technology that provides a 20,000-hour life, which equates to about 15 years of truck life. LED lights are also used extensively in the cab.
Vocational axle options. The T880 is available with five new, factory-installed and lightweight Watson & Chalin lift axles, including a 10K offering for the first time and a 20K version with a 200-lb. weight savings. Also offered are new steering gears for improved steering feedback and increased wheelcut for greater maneuverability.
Driver Performance Center. A full-color, high-resolution, 5-in. Thin Film Transistor display screen presents current truck information, diagnostic data, and pop-up alerts. It also displays situational-specific recommendations to help improve vehicle performance.
HVAC system. With standard Automatic Temperature Control, drivers simply set the desired temperature and the system maintains it. A one-touch feature provides maximum defrost.
Seats. Proprietary Kenworth seats' advanced air suspension system automatically adjusts to various driver weights. A full range of seat comfort is available to meet specific preferences. The company outfits the T880 with DuraSupreme heavy-duty seat fabric in charcoal, gray and tan.
Dash. The dash cluster has an easy-to-read layout with nine standard gauges and 12 additional gauges available. The switches utilize driver-preferred toggling feature, while maintaining rocker switch functionality. The T880 uses new electric-over-air dash switches introduced on the T680, and offers additional options augmenting vocational and body builder requirements. The dash includes Kenworth NavPlus, with hands-free cell phone capability via Bluetooth connections and voice commands (optional with standard interior; included with premium interior). — www.kenworth.com
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