New Kenworth T680 sets High standard for excellence, performance

March 28, 2012
Kenworth Truck Company officials said they set a high standard for excellence with the introduction of the Kenworth T680, which offers superior fuel efficiency, performance and comfort

Kenworth Truck Company officials said they set a high standard for excellence with the introduction of the Kenworth T680, which offers superior fuel efficiency, performance and comfort. The announcement came at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

The Kenworth T680 is designed to maximize performance in line haul, pickup and delivery, and regional hauling operations. Available with a new 76-inch sleeper or as a daycab, the T680 is standard with the fuel-efficient, 12.9-liter PACCAR MX engine and optional with the Cummins ISX15 engine.

“It’s a great honor to proudly introduce the Kenworth T680, which establishes a new standard of excellence in the industry with exceptional styling, superior fuel efficiency, outstanding performance and extraordinary comfort,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Our goal for the T680 is to be best-in-class in key areas, including aerodynamics, quietness, comfort, reliability, durability, and serviceability. The Kenworth T680 is the new leader of The World’s Best product line.”

The T680’s extremely stylish and aerodynamic body shape also benefits from sculpted full-height roof, optimized bumper and hood, full-height side extenders, cab/sleeper-to-fairings closeout panels, chassis fairings extenders, and flush-mounted lighting. It all adds up to a significant 10% enhancement in aerodynamics. The T680 was engineered with 65% more storage capacity, a 50% larger windshield, 40% less interior noise, 30% larger door openings, and best-in-class forward lighting.

Here are key Kenworth T680 features:

Stamped Aluminum Cab: The lightweight and corrosion-resistant cab uses stamped aluminum panels joined with self-penetrating Henrob fasteners, which help ensure excellent fit and finish while providing an extremely durable structure more resistant to water, noise and vibration. Acoustic treatments in the floor and firewall help block out airborne noise.

Sleeper: The T680 features a new 76-inch sleeper integrated with the cab. The sculpted, full-height sleeper roof is a visually captivating styling feature that blends cab and sleeper shapes into one smooth aerodynamic arc. The roomy sleeper is 96 inches wide with a high ceiling, 60 cubic feet of storage, and a full-height wardrobe cabinet.

Panoramic Windshield: The T680 is standard with a new panoramic one-piece, bonded-in windshield with a superior visibility. The windshield is 50% larger, has increased thickness to minimize the effects of rock incidents, offers efficient replacement time, and provides enhanced aerodynamics.

Robust Door: The stamped aluminum door is lightweight and stiff resulting in an extremely durable design. Computational fluid dynamics was used to design for smooth airflow around the cab and minimize 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 3-piece aerodynamic hood is made of sheet molding compound (SMC). SMC is a lightweight, durable composite material with excellent finished surface, which is not only robust but also enables high paint quality. With the advanced hood assist system, lifting the hood requires just 35 pounds of opening force.

Lighting: The T680 is standard with dual lamp Halogen headlights and optional with High Intensity Discharge Xenon lights. Seamless, integrated jeweled headlamps improve aerodynamics. All standard exterior lights utilize LED technology that provide a 20,000-hour life, which equates to about 15 years of truck life. LED lights are also used extensively in the cab and sleeper.

Driver Performance Center: The all-new Driver Performance Center (DPC) has a full-color, high-resolution, 5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display screen, which includes current truck information, diagnostic data, and pop-up alerts. Additionally, the DPC will display situational-specific recommendations to the driver which help improve vehicle performance.

HVAC System: With industry-leading Automatic Temperature Control, simply set the desired temperature and the system maintains it. A one-touch feature provides maximum defrost. These new features help keep drivers comfortable and maintain their focus on driving.

Kenworth Dash: The new dash cluster has an easy-to-read layout with nine standard gauges and 12 additional gauges available. New switches utilize the toggling feature that drivers prefer, while maintaining rocker switch functionality. The Kenworth dash includes Kenworth NavPlus® with hands-free cell phone capability via Bluetooth connections and voice commands. NavPlus is standard with premium interior trim.  ♦

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