The time has come to announce the top new truck news story for this year as determined by Successful Dealer readers. Coming it at No. 1 is the long-hood conventional W990, Kenworth’s head-turning tribute to a truck model that has been traversing North American roadways since 1961.
The Kenworth W990, the latest addition to the iconic W900 lineup, is designed to maximize performance in line haul, pickup and delivery, regional haul and heavy haul operations, the company says.
Introduced in September, the truck is available in day cab, 40-in. flat top and 52-in. and 76-in. mid-roof sleeper configurations. It comes standard with the proprietary Paccar Powertrain consisting of the MX-13 engine rated up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque, a 12-speed Paccar automated transmission and Paccar 40K tandem rear axles. The W990 is built on the 2.1-meter cab platform used in the Kenworth T680 and T880.
The W990 comes standard with the Kenworth TruckTech+ remote diagnostics system. Kenworth NAV+HD 7-in., color in-dash display provides access to features such as truck-specific navigation, roadside assistance, vehicle data, hands-free calling, audio controls, blind-spot camera inputs and the Internet.
The truck also includes full-size wardrobe space, multiple storage drawers and large storage space under the lower bunk. The 1800-watt inverter includes a shore power connection and four standard 120-volt sleeper outlets. Entertainment is provided by Kenworth’s premium audio package, swivel TV mount for flat screen TVs up to 28 in. and optional EpicVue pre-wire for satellite TV.
The W990 Limited Edition interior comes in midnight black with glossy Ravenwood door and dash trim accents. Other interior features include royal blue double-stitched diamond door pads, black leather wrapped steering wheel with royal blue stitching and driver and passenger seats with suede charcoal inserts and perforated leather with Royal Blue backing.
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