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Western Star announced new options available on its 49X model intended to widen coverage in heavy-haul and construction applications.
It introduced an optional power hood for the 49X, designed to allow for higher horsepower and more cooling for set-forward front axle configurations — such as for heavy-haul, oilfield service, and construction applications.
The second option is the Meritor P600 planetary drive axle. It is available in tandem or tridem rear axle configurations, and paired with the Neway AD260 or AD390 rear suspension, the company noted.
The 49X is scheduled to begin production with the power hood and P600 drive axle in September, according to the company.
Also available for order now on the Western Star 49X and 47X trucks are factory-installed twin steer front axle options available in set-back axle configurations.
In addition to these factory-installed, set-back axle twin steer options, the 47X offers a twin steer prep kit for set-forward configurations. Factory twin steer production begins in late 2022 for the 49X and early 2023 for the 47X.
Western Star is a brand of Portland, Ore.-based Daimler Truck North America. — Transport Topics