Kenworth adds new options to medium-duty cabovers to offer more customization

A new back-of-cab exhaust system, right-side steer and expanded engine ratings for the Kenworth medium-duty cabovers provides customers with more options to customize a truck to their application needs.

Back-of-cab exhaust system
Back-of-cab exhaust system

Kenworth announces three important new options for its medium-duty cabovers that open the door for even more diverse customer applications and body customization.

The new options for the Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers include a compact back-of-cab exhaust system to allow more space for custom bodies; right-side steer for street sweeping, refuse and road maintenance applications; and expanded PACCAR PX-7 engine ratings.

Kenworth’s clear frame rail package, introduced earlier this year, has been improved and provides nearly 12 more inches of space for body installations. The clear frame rail package and exhaust package gives body builders even more room for customization. It frees up frame space back-of-cab and allows body builders flexibility with their components.

“The result is that Kenworth cabover applications have been extended – literally. This combination also allows for additional transmission PTO clearance, which is a plus, especially for construction applications,” says Kurt Swihart, Kenworth Marketing Director.

The K270 and K370 cabovers can now be specified with the PACCAR PX-7 engine at a new top rating of 260 hp and 660 lbs.-ft. of torque, in addition to a new 200 hp and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque rating. The standard engine rating is 220 hp with 520 lbs.-ft. of torque, mated with an Allison five-speed transmission.

“More choices for engine ratings means fine-tuning the Kenworth cabovers to a customer’s specific application,” explains Swihart. “These are work trucks and the more we offer, the higher the degree of customization we can provide.”

Compared to a typical medium-duty conventional, the K270 and K370 offer up to a 30% improvement in curb-to-curb turning, while a 63.4-inch BBC provides an extra 45 in. of payload room. The Kenworth K270 and K370 come with 22.5-inch tire and wheel packages. Kenworth also recently announced a 19.5-inch tire and wheel option for the K270 for easier curbside pick-up and delivery.

Both truck models offer a standard air-ride driver's seat and two-person bench seating with storage underneath, with the single-seat option now also available. Wheelbases range from 142 to 242 in. in 12-inch increments, and Kenworth cabovers can accommodate bodies from 16 to 28 ft. A large 2,500-square-inch wraparound windshield combines with large side windows to give optimum visibility.

“We continue to evolve our Kenworth K270 and K370 cabovers to serve new applications as these models gain customer recognition in the marketplace. There is almost no job these cabovers can’t do,” says Swihart.