LAS VEGAS — International Truck Friday launched the International LT Series, its new flagship line of Class 8 over-the-road trucks developed through driver centric design and featuring advanced technologies that deliver fuel efficiency, best-in-class uptime and driver appeal.
The launch came on the eve of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition that officially gets under way here Saturday.
“The new International LT Series reflects our vision for the future of the trucking industry, with a host of advancements that support improved driver safety and productivity, as well as fuel efficiency and uptime,” said Bill Kozek, president, Truck and Parts, Navistar. “This new vehicle reflects our strong belief that integrating the best technology will provide customers with a significant operating advantage.”
In developing the LT Series, International worked hard to assure that drivers will find each vehicle more comfortable, appealing and user-friendly in every detail, Kozek said.
In keeping with the company’s DriverFirst product design focus, International undertook extensive research with truck drivers, including driver clinics that gathered input from hundreds of drivers. International used this research to design an all-new interior and identified multiple new and improved features that enhance driver appeal.
“To ensure the new LT Series is the most driver-centric Class 8 vehicle we’ve ever built; we gave drivers a voice in its design,” said Jeff Sass, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Many of our customers tell us that their No. 1 challenge is attracting and retaining drivers, which is why we put so much effort into understanding and responding to drivers’ needs. These improvements also contribute to increased driver ease of use that will boost the vehicle’s productivity.”
Based on a review of more than 500 points where the driver and truck interact, the ergonomic interior of the LT Series includes better elbow room, hip room and leg room.
The redesigned interior also features a new premium gauge cluster with a digital driver display that places everything within comfortable reach, while offering drivers real-time monitoring of fuel economy and other important alerts in clear sight.
In addition, the Bendix Wingman Advanced Collision Mitigation system comes standard in the LT Series.
The LT Series was designed with the goal of best-in-class uptime, meaning keeping the truck on the road and facilitating quick service when the need arises, Sass said.
To drive improved uptime, International carefully reviewed data collected from OnCommand Connection, the company’s remote diagnostics system, and made multiple enhancements to support increased reliability and serviceability.
“We pored over reliability data to evaluate nearly every single system on our on-highway platform, in order to look for ways to get better,” said Denny Mooney, senior vice president, global product development.
Many of the truck’s new features were designed to improve reliability and serviceability, as well as functionality.
Mooney said the LT Series features dramatically improved aerodynamics and provides fuel efficiency that is 7 percent better than the company’s most recent fuel economy leader, a 2017 ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 engine.
“International has always placed a strong emphasis on industry-leading aerodynamics as a solid foundation for fuel efficiency, and the LT Series delivers 3 percent improvement in fuel economy due to its aerodynamic benefits alone,” Mooney said.
Aerodynamics in the LT Series were fine-tuned using multiple advanced testing methods, including computational fluid dynamics, one-eighth scale and full-size wind tunnel and coast-down testing, to assure that the vehicle would perform well facing winds not just head-on, but also at an angle. In fact, the higher the yaw angle of the wind, the better the LT Series performs against the competition.
The Bendix Wingman Advanced Collision Mitigation system comes standard with every model in the series, and is also available with the optional Bendix Wingman Fusion and Meritor WABCO OnGuardACTIVE systems.
International’s own predictive cruise control looks ahead of the vehicle and recognizes the terrain and continuously calculates the most efficient speed and gear for optimal fuel economy in real time. Unlike conventional predictive cruise technology, International predictive cruise control uses preinstalled GPS maps and the latest commercial route data to make adjustments to cruising speed without the need to pre-drive the route.
The sophisticated new electronic control systems also use programmable parameters to optimize efficiency.
The LT Series will be offered in multiple configurations, including day cab, 56-inch low roof sleeper, 56-inch hi-rise sleeper, 73-inch hi-rise sleeper and 73-inch sky-rise sleeper.
It will offer customers a choice of engines that provide premium performance.
For more information visit https://www.internationaltrucks.com/LTSeriesMedia.