SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Peterbilt Motors Co. introduced the new Model 579 UltraLoft here Thursday.
The announcement of the new model came during Peterbilt’s annual dealer meeting.
The UltraLoft offers drivers an integral cab and sleeper design for Peterbilt’s flagship on-highway Model 579 that provides the ultimate level of driver comfort and the distinctive style and quality Peterbilt is known for, according to Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt general manager.
“The Model 579 has been a huge success for our on-highway customers, and today Peterbilt is taking it to the next level,” Quinn said. “The UltraLoft was designed and tested in close collaboration with customers and drivers. The UltraLoft delivers a premium environment while maintaining the distinctive Peterbilt style. I am confident drivers will fully embrace this new home away from home.”
The driver experience was the key factor in designing the new UltraLoft, Quinn said, adding thatthe new sleeper model includes industry-leading storage and comfort.
The UltraLoft gives drivers the largest upper and lower bunk mattresses, best-in-class headroom in both bunks and some creature comforts of home with space to accommodate the industry’s largest microwave and enough room to fit in a 32-inch flat screen TV, Quinn said.
“Peterbilt’s customers have been asking for a product that maximizes the space available in the cab, and the UltraLoft delivers on that request. This makes it an ideal truck for team drivers, training scenarios and customers that want to maximize aerodynamic performance and driver comfort,” said Robert Woodall, assistant general manager, sales and marketing. “The first customers to see and test the UltraLoft have provided overwhelming excitement and requested the first available production models.”
The improvements are not limited to the driver experience, Woodall said, noting that the UltraLoft provides an estimated 2-percent aerodynamic improvement to push the limits of efficiency even further while maintaining the styling and bold look of the Model 579.
“Throughout the design process we asked ourselves, what is best for the drivers to be the most comfortable and productive? So, we added headroom, storage and improved the overall space to maximize the driver’s experience,” said Scott Newhouse, chief engineer. “The expansive loft style space, the increase in efficiency and the reduction in overall tractor weight are a testament to the team’s focus on maximizing the driver experience.”
The 579 UltraLoft is available for order now and production scheduled to begin in the summer.
For more information, visit www.peterbilt.com.