Kenworth launches next level K220

The manufacturer has released its latest truck model in Brisbane

Kenworth launches next level K220
The latest K220 is Kenworth's pride and joy

Kenworth has unveiled its next level cabover in the K220 last week in Brisbane in front of 500 dealers, customers and industry partners.

The project to develop the K220 began in late 2018 as customer and driver input became critical to the development of Kenworth’s latest truck model.

"The K220 celebrates Australian ingenuity to engineer a uniquely Australian product to optimise the capability of both owners and drivers to prosper in what is surely the world’s toughest but most productive transport industry," Kenworth director of sales and marketing Brad May says.

"It is a development path that has been forged by an amazing collaboration between Australian transport operators and a dedicated and determined local development team that has spanned more than five decades."

Kenworth says it considered its consultation and development phase to be a key part of producing the K220, as the company looked to build on its K200 model.

Kenworth says the K220’s exterior is familiar but has new LED headlamps with integrated indicators and daytime running lights as well as a new grille with a more efficient fan.

A new wheel well shield protects the engine bay while the most significant exterior change is the new wind cheating roof profile and the absence of trademark vista windows.

The interior boasts a new 15-inch high-definition instrument panel that is customisable from driver to driver and trip to trip.

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Kenworth says the K220 will perform a comprehensive systems check at the start of each day with the press of a button, as well as profiling a detailed trip and vehicle summary at the end of the day.

SmartWheel and stalk mounted control also enhances Kenworth’s technological development inside the truck.

Equipped with Paccar’s telematics solution Paccar Connect, Kenworth says its interior is more spacious and quieter than ever, while the Cummins X15 Euro 6 and 5 engines make it a performance beast.

The other main change for the latest model is in safety, as Kenworth has included multi-lane autonomous emergency braking and stop-and-go functionality to its growing list of systems.

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