The annual Work Truck Show, held this week in Indianapolis, featured a number of new feature and product announcements from truck makers . Full coverage of the show can be found on Overdrive sister site CCJ.
The show is hosted each year by NTEA and focuses on the work truck industry. Some equipment-related announcements made at this year’s event were:
Peterbilt announced it is adding remote diagnostics and the Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system to its medium-duty product line this year.
As of this month, Peterbilt’s SmartLINQ will be available for order on Models 348, 337, 330 and 325 when equipped with a Paccar PX Engine or a natural gas engine. A two-year subscription is included with the SmartLINQ option.
The Bendix Wingman Fusion will be available on Peterbilt’s medium duty Models 348 and 337 beginning this fall.
International debuted a new body builder program designed to streamline the spec and upfit process between its dealer network and truck equipment manufacturers.
The Diamond Partner Program aims at refining the small details that help sell work trucks, which tend to come in smaller quantities than their heavier over-the-road siblings. Sales of trucks in work truck space happen one to five units at a time, and the company is working directly with dealers to determine plans to improve their market share in their area.
Mack Trucks announced a new package for over-the-air (OTA) engine update customers in need of more frequent parameter changes.
Now available for order, the Mack Parameter Plus package enables up to 50 parameter updates per VIN over a 12-month period on all model year 2018 and newer Macks equipped with GuardDog Connect. Previously, customers were limited to just two parameter changes per truck per year as part of their Uptime subscription.
There remains no limit for Mack-initiated software updates. Mack Parameter Plus also is available for previously purchased vehicles with EPA 2017 engines.
Mack is also adding standard vertical shock absorbers on factory-installed auxiliary axles on Granite axle forward and axle back models. Mack factory-installed auxiliary axles feature Huck Bolt installation for added durability and are factory aligned and fully integrated.
Isuzu Commercial Trucks announced plans for two new Class 5 gasoline engine models next year. The NQR Gas, with a target GVWR of 17,950 lbs., and the NRR Gas, with a target GVWR of 19,500 lbs., will each be powered by General Motors‘ 6-liter Vortec V8 and will be mated to an Allison 1000 RDS transmission with PTO gear. Production is expected to begin in mid-2020.
The company, beginning in May, will also update its N-Series and F-Series trucks with Mobileye advanced driver-assistance features, including forward collision warning, pedestrian collision warning, lane departure warning and headway monitoring warning.
Also starting in May 2019, all Isuzu N-Series and F-Series trucks will offer new audio and backup camera options. The Alpine iLX-207 audio upgrade ($1,264 MSRP) features a seven-inch VGA touchscreen display and Bluetooth hands-free capability. For an additional $200, the upgraded audio system can be augmented with the Alpine HCE-C1100 backup camera.
Fuso Truck at the show this week debuted its new FE180 gasoline-powered truck. The first Class 5 gasoline cabover on the market – and part of the Fuso FE GAS Series that debuted last year – is exclusive to North America.
The truck is powered by a General Motors 6-liter V8 with 297-hp and 361 lb.-ft. of torque. It is expected to hit dealerships later this year.
Ford, beginning with 2020 model year, will add all-wheel-drive as an option for the first time on its Transit commercial vans. The Transit will also be available with an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue bi-turbo I4 diesel, all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 gasoline engine with port fuel and direct injection and new 10-speed automatic transmission, plus new interior and seating options.
The new AWD system will be available on Transit gasoline powertrains.