FORT WORTH, Texas — Peterbilt Motors Co. unveiled its new Model 589 on Tuesday, May 9, at a special event held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, just a few miles from its manufacturing plant in Denton, Texas.
Additional commemorative activities included a Ride & Drive featuring the 589, along with other Peterbilt trucks. The 589 replaces the retiring 389.
“We have built the most iconic and aspirational trucks throughout Peterbilt’s history. The Model 589 takes cues from our heritage designs and incorporates essential customer feedback to bring it to life,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR vice president and Peterbilt general manager. “It is an exceptional-looking truck that is distinctly Peterbilt in its bold style and superior workmanship, supported by best-in-class technologies to delight drivers time on the road.”
The 589 includes a robotically assembled cab, an aluminum hood, multiple sleeper configurations, wraparound grille crown with triple bars, rectangular grille mesh and the signature swan hood ornament — all features that are reminiscent of classic Peterbilt trucks.
Other exterior features include 15-inch air cleaners, 7-inch exhaust stacks and exhaust shield and Peterbilt’s exterior lighting package, featuring LED daytime fender-brace running lights.
The styling of the 589 is supported by advanced engineering and innovative technologies that provide maximum performance and uptime, including features such as an air-assisted hydraulic clutch on manual transmissions, which reduces driver fatigue and maintenance, and the latest collision mitigation for improved driver safety.
The truck also features advanced driver technology and predictive cruise control. The Trucker Media Group‘s managing editor, Linda Garner-Bunch, was privileged to take part in the event, including the Ride & Drive. She describes the truck’s interior as “surprisingly luxurious and spacious,” noting that the ride is “much smoother than expected, with a noticeable reduction of exterior noise,” making the trip more pleasant for both driver and passenger.
“Feedback from our drivers helped shape the interior design, which starts at the entry with larger tread steps for easier ingress/egress,” company officials stated. “A new, more contemporary instrument panel offers reduced glare and better visibility. Numerous trim packages allow for a custom interior look, and the latest creature comforts, such as high-performance automatic climate control, abundant storage space and larger dual cup holders create an inviting environment.”
The interior of the first 589 Model 589s will be enhanced with an individually numbered special plate installed on the passenger side dash.
“The Model 589 is truly built for the quintessential Peterbilt customer with its legacy characteristics and workhorse powertrain,” Skoog said. “It’s incredible and we are pleased to share the new Model 589 with our customers as they are unequivocally the design and development inspiration for this legendary truck.”
The Model 589 will be available for customer orders in August for 2024 delivery.
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