Peterbilt adds 386 aero

LOUISVILLE, KY. -- Peterbilt is adding is another aerodynamic unit, Model 386, to its lineup of premium trucks, the OEM announced during its press conference here at the Mid America Trucking Show.

Model 386 can be configured either as a day cab or with the full range of Unibilt sleepers. Since the Unibilt sleeper system allows for the sleeper to be detached from the cab, it provides the vehicle with a second and even third service life as a day cab in regional or vocational applications, according to the OEM.

Compared with its predecessor, Model 385-120, Model 386 offers a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, or about a 0.3 mile per gallon increase in fuel economy, Peterbilt said.

A new chassis design enables a lower radiator mounting and a new front axle position.

Also at Mid-America, Peterbilt unveiled its entire 2006 lineup of Class 8 conventional trucks and tractors: Model 379, 385, 378, and 357, as well as 386.

Improvements to truck electrical systems include "multiplexed electronic technology," which means a significant reduction in the amount of behind-dash wiring for improved diagnostics and serviceability, said Peterbilt chief engineer Craig Brewster.

Fresh for 2006 is a new lineup of interior options, featuring "precision fit and finish, improved ergonomics and enhanced serviceability." The interiors feature improved lighting, five grab handles for safety entry and egress, an ergonomic pedal package with "dead pedal" footrest, new gauge and instrumentation lighting, and additional overhead space when combined with the UltraCab. Peterbilt is offering three new interior trim levels for 2006: ProBilt, Prestige and Platinum.

The OEM also announced that ABS-6 Bendix antilock braking systems will be available as an option for Peterbilt Models 379, 385, 378, 357 and 386, beginning in April of this year.

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