Two-Pedal Transmission

| April 07, 2005


Sterling Expands Acterra Series

Sterling Truck Corp. is offering two new versions of its Acterra medium-duty and vocational truck – a crew cab option and an all-wheel drive conversion.

The crew cab option will include an interior passenger compartment measuring 113 inches from the to the rear wall inside the cab. A flat floor front to back and a tall concave steel roof increase overall headroom and legroom. Standard features include a full-length three-person bench seat in the rear and an air-ride suspension. Full-length exterior cab steps and grab handles aid entry.

The crew cab comes standard MBE900 engine, rated from 170 hp to 300 hp. Caterpillar’s 3126 and Cummins ISL and ISC, with available ratings from 190 hp to 350 hp, can also be spec’ed. Available transmissions include those from DaimlerChrysler Powersystems, Eaton-Fuller and Allison. The crew cab measures 163 inches from bumper to back of cab and is available with gross vehicle weight ratings from 19,000 to 46,000 pounds.

The crew cab option is also available for Sterling’s SportChassis recreational tow vehicle. The all-wheel-drive conversion option, manufactured by Fabco Automotive Corporation, is available immediately for all Acterra 4×2 versions. Conversions for 6×4 trucks are expected later this year. The conversion is offered with front axle ratings of 12,000, 14,000 or 16,000 pounds and comes with a choice of one- or two-speed transfer cases.

The new all-wheel-drive features an offset front drive carrier axle and four-shaft transfer case designed to ensure a minimal increase in vehicle height of four to six inches over standard height. Coupled with no step frame modifications, the all-wheel conversion eliminates up to 300 pounds of weight. The all-wheel drive system is engaged through two easy-to-reach electro-pneumatic switches located on the dash.

All-wheel drive is available for Acterra products equipped with MBE and Caterpillar medium-duty engines and with transmission choices from DaimlerChrysler Powersystems, Eaton and Allison.

Sterling Truck Corp.

Special Edition 379X

Production of Peterbilt’s Model 379X, a special edition of its classically styled truck, will begin in September. The vehicle is trimmed with polished aluminum fenders, a polished aluminum centerline hood accent, brushed aluminum dash and sleeper accessories. The truck also features an oversized exhaust stack, factory-installed accessory lighting, charcoal cabinetry and trim, leather embroidered seats, a chromed Texas-style bumper, extended sun visor and chrome shift lever.

Peterbilt also introduced its new Low Air Leaf Suspension, the industry’s lightest standard-duty tandem air suspension that provides better ride quality, reduced maintenance and increased ground clearance, the company says. The proprietary suspension is available for all Peterbilt models.

It is 325 pounds lighter than the previous Low Air Leaf Suspension and has an improved 40,000-pound load rating. The suspension has 45 percent fewer parts than its predecessor and features a completely redesigned frame bracket, leaf spring, axle seat and axle clamp.


Extended Daycab

Kenworth’s new extended daycab is available on T600, T800 and W900 models and features more room and storage space. The cab runs 6 inches longer with the roof raised 5 inches over Kenworth’s traditional daycab. Kenworth Chief Engineer Jim Bechtold says the extension adds 21 degrees of recline to the driver’s seat and adds more space for driver belly and leg room. Storage space is expanded by three cubic feet.

Comments are closed. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.