Peterbilt Debuts New Vocational Truck, Interiors, Sleepers, More

March 20, 2013

By Evan Lockridge

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New Sleepers On 579

A new 80-inch sleeper with Platinum interior on a Model 579.
A new 80-inch sleeper with Platinum interior on a Model 579.
On a related note, Peterbilt announced the availability of the all-new 80-inch sleeper for the Model 579. The new 80-inch sleeper represents the largest sleeper in Peterbilt’s history.

The sleeper has a 42-inch bunk, spacious tower storage cabinets, and LED lighting and is fully detachable for enhanced resale value and increased versatility in second- and third-life operations. Additional important features of the 80-inch sleeper include: microwave shelf with power outlet, coffee maker cabinet, upper side and back wall cabinets, full-length sleeper access door with optional window, liftable bunk for additional storage and service access to HVAC and audio components, optional mid-height refrigerator, TV package that includes brackets, power outlets and shelving to accommodate up to a 22 inch flat panel TV and a DVD player or video game console along with more

In addition to the new 80-inch sleeper, the Model 579 is also available with a 72-inch sleeper and a new 44-inch low roof sleeper introduced earlier this year. 

New Interior for 587

Peterbilt introduced a new cab interior for the aerodynamic Model 587. 
Peterbilt introduced a new cab interior for the aerodynamic Model 587.
Peterbilt also introduced a new cab interior for the aerodynamic Model 587. The dash brow has been re-contoured and lowered to provide better forward visibility for a wide range of driver height profiles. In addition, the dash shape has been optimized to bring switches, controls and storage to within easy reach of the driver and help reduce distractions.

“From a design perspective, we focused on the touch points,” said Sproull. “Hundreds of drivers were interviewed and measured during the research and development to ensure this new cab environment meets their needs.”

For example, the 587 also features new gauges positioned to maximize usability. The new 5-inch color Driver Information Display communicates critical vehicle operational information to the driver. Also, the driver package includes an efficient pedal design with floor-mounted feel and actuation, as well as a new air over hydraulic clutch system that reduces pedal effort by fifty percent. The truck has all-LED interior lighting, which dramatically extends bulb life and reduces battery power requirements.

SmartAir, SmartNav & PreSet Plus

Peterbilt also announced the production availability of its battery powered SmartAir anti-idle cooling system to reduce fuel costs and improves driver comfort.

“The SmartAir system is designed to maintain a comfortable rest space in hot climates without idling,” said Bill Kozek. “This system has exceptional cooling capacity and delivers bottom line savings to customers through reduced fuel consumption.”

From an operator’s perspective, the system is easy to run and has the cooling capacity to keep the sleeper comfortable even in the harshest hot-weather climates. SmartAir has a 7,500 BTU/Hour cooling capacity and can operate up to 10 hours on a single charge.

SmartAir also features on-board diagnostics, fully automatic temperature control, and digital LCD display battery monitoring. It’s available on the  384, 386, 388, 389, 587 and new 579.

When it comes to navigation, entertainment and information, Peterbilt gave details of new enhancements to SmartNav, its proprietary system. Now included in SmartNav are expanded audio controls and 10 new virtual gauges. New standard virtual gauges include engine oil temperature, and transmission temperature.

The company also announced the availability of PreSet Plus hub systems as standard equipment on all Peterbilt class 8 trucks. PreSet Plus hub systems, it says, are designed to improve serviceability and reliability of vehicle wheel ends.


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