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Kenworth enhances medium-duty models

Kenworth Truck Company increased the performance, serviceability, driver comfort, and fuel efficiency awareness of its medium-duty models with the introduction of enhanced multiplex instrumentation, Kenworth Driver Information Center, and modern dash styling.

The new multiplex instrumentation system, which can be ordered on all Kenworth T170, T270, and T370 models with 2010 engines, provides increased serviceability and reliability with wiring behind the dash color-coded and numbered for easier servicing, and critical connections maintained with positive locking connectors. The system is supported by the Kenworth Electronic Service Analyst, a computer-based diagnostics tool which simplifies troubleshooting.

The multiplex system is incorporated into a modern, visually appealing, ergonomic dash. A new speedometer and tachometer cluster features 2-inch-diameter gauges with chrome bezels, an engine hour meter, odometer, trip odometer, and outside temperature gauge. A diesel particulate filter (DPF) status indicator lamp, high exhaust system temperature (HEST) warning lamp, and seatbelt reminder light are included. LED back-lighting is used in the faceplate and pointers, and dash rocker switches contain LED indicator lights.

The Driver Information Center provides instant trip access information for miles per gallon, engine and idle hours, idle percentage, and optimum rpm range. A “sweet spot indicator” offers visual cues when the optimum rpm is reached, while a bar graph displays current mpg against trip average mpg.

The standard medium-duty dash panels are a gray cross-weave, vinyl with silver and black accents. The door trim insert and louver trim remain black. Available as an option are dash panels that feature a Trust Walnut colored woodgrain on the main dash panels as well as on the door trim insert and louver trim.

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