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Paccar launches the new Kenworth T410SAR

Refined offering is available in prime mover and rigid forms


Paccar Australia has unveiled its latest Kenworth, the T410SAR, describing it as “yet another example of the benefits of local Australian application-engineering”.

The T410SAR is the result of a “continuous innovation and product development process”, influenced heavily by customer and driver feedback, according to the Paccar company.

 “Combining classic Kenworth styling with modern enhancements, the T410SAR complements the existing Kenworth product range and provides Australian and New Zealand customers with additional solutions for their application needs,” Paccar Australia sales and marketing director Brad May.      

Paccar underlines that the new model combines the best attributes of both a cab-over and conventional truck, particularly in terms of manoeuvrability, visibility and a minimal overall length, along with the serviceability, ease of cab access and low-tare weight of a bonneted truck.

“Of paramount importance in delivering new product is the need to maintain the exceptional performance, quality, durability and productivity for which Kenworth is renowned,” Paccar Australia chief engineer Noelle Parlier says.

“Our extensive testing and validation process supports this, as does our own research and development, further enhancing product as innovations come to hand.”

“First released in 2016, the T410SAR is the latest evolution of the T610 platform with 2.1m wide cab.”

“Further development of the platform has enabled us to refine and enhance many key elements in the T410SAR.

“This development has allowed us to bring a product to market with all the Kenworth hallmarks and more.”

Paccar has sought better weight distribution through a set-forward front and insists the T410SAR delivers “bigger payloads, a superior driver environment, improved fuel economy and a greater choice of options”.

The design aims to maximum payload under Australian regulations for 19m B-double, most 19m quad dog applications and car carrier specifications.

The T410SAR B-double in red

This sees, the T410SAR offers a bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) length of 2,850mm.

It is available in rigid, single and multi-trailer combinations and is currently available in a 6×4 configuration, with car carrier and 8×4 configurations confirmed for release later this year.

Rated at up to 70 tonnes GCM, Paccar says it is ideal for local and interstate distribution and suitable for PBS and other heavy-duty applications.

“To develop a new product that meets the needs of our customers, consultation is paramount and is the foundation of its development,” May adds.

“Sharing many of the same attributes as the T410SAR, feedback from customers on the performance and handling of the T410 has been positive, including feedback received from customers with an integrated Paccar powertrain, incorporating the Paccar MX-13 engine and 12-speed transmission.

“The same combination being made available in the T410SAR.”

Experience out T410 test drive, here

The cab comes with a choice of traditional diamond pleat trim in a range of contemporary colours, or the new fleet spec trim.

The T410SAR also boasts four sleeper cab options, a 600mm aero, 760mm mid-roof, 860mm aero and for car carrier specifications, a new 600mm flat-roof sleeper due for release early in 2021.   

The T410SAR 600mm flat roof sleeper

Engine and transmission

T410SAR is available in either 460hp or 510hp (343kW or 380kW) variants.

“The 12v MX-13 provides exceptional levels of refinement and service simplicity,” Paccar says.

“No longer requiring 24v-12v inverters, the electrical architecture is even more simple, durable and cost-effective to service and maintain.”

The T410SAR comes with the choice of the Paccar 12-speed or Eaton 18-speed automated transmissions.

The Paccar 12-speed, with a torque capacity of 1850lb-ft and rated to 50 tonnes GCM, features an aluminium main case, internal sensors and wiring, and helical cut gearing.

Like the Paccar 12-speed transmission, the Eaton 18-speed UltraShift Plus transmission is available with 1850lb-ft or 2050lb-ft (2,508Nm or 2,779Nm) of torque and a rating of up to 70 tonnes GCM.

Both automated transmissions are operated via a transmission stalk controller mounted on the right of the steering column.

“Moving the transmission controller away from the dash has provided more space in front of the dashboard to allow easier movement around the cabin,” Paccar says.

The T410SAR also comes optioned with an 18-speed Eaton manual transmission.

The T410 and T410SAR in blue

Safety and visibility

Paccar is enthusiastic about the Kenworth’s ease of use, pointing to the T410SAR cab’s ease of entry and broad lines of sight.

The latter comes courtesy of broader and better positioning of windscreen, doors and mirrors in the 2.1m cab’s design.

“Large, aerodynamic, multi-way power adjustable mirrors with high strength cast break-away brackets reduce mirror vibration and offer an optimal rear view of the vehicle,” Paccar says.

“Intelligent mirror placement, sitting low on the cab also allows for an effective forward line of sight, both over the mirrors and between the mirror and A-pillar making for exceptional cross-traffic visibility.

“The use of asymmetric mirror arms place the mirror heads in optimal position for rearward vision, while minimising any obstruction.”

The T410SAR is available with collision avoidance and mitigation technology.

The suite of technologies include active cruise with braking and lane departure warning working in harmony to take safety to the next level. It builds on existing critical active and passive safety design elements and overall ergonomics designed for comfort and control.

Inside the cab

The cab was introduced with the release of the T610.

“The instrument panel, switches and controls have been positioned intuitively with dashboard instrumentation visible at a glance,” Paccar says.

“Everything has been situated to allow drivers to maintain concentration and reduce fatigue.”

Toggle switches provide full control of systems such as engine brakes, engine fan, driver-controlled differential locks and suspension dump valves.

An optional 7-inch display provides access to satellite navigation systems, radio and media functions and virtual gauges, unique to Kenworth. For enhanced ease of operation, cruise control and audio controls are on the steering wheel.

Heating and air-conditioning system come with automatic climate control, specifically designed for the variable extremes of the Australian climate.

There is access to the service items in the HVAC system.

“LED interior lighting provides either bright or subtle lighting to reduce fatigue, using red lights and soft dash lights to minimise distracting glare when driving at night,” Paccar says.

 “A door-mounted floodlight allows safer ingress and egress of the cab and a rear cabin wall LED strip light provides a safe well-lit  when connecting air lines and light coils in poor light conditions.

“To quickly identify non-functioning lights, a light check function is provided and can be activated via either the dash or button on the key fob.”


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