By Anthony Capkun
July 17, 2014 – The first new Peterbilt medium-duty COE (cab over engine) Model 220 rolled off the assembly line at the company’s COE manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico and, with that, the Class 6 and 7 truck is now in full production.
“Drivers will enjoy enhanced maneuverability that shortens the curb-to-curb turning radius by 30%, and the new standard electronic braking system [EBS] for improved braking performance,” said Robert Woodall, director of sales & marketing. “These characteristics combine with an efficient bumper-to-bumper length of 35 ft for added agility while still delivering an extra 45 in. of payload area and a frame rail system that can be upfitted with bodies ranging from 16 to 28 feet.”
The 2500-si windshield, large side windows and multiple-mirror array provide operators with a panoramic view, helping them navigate confined and congested areas, noted chief engineer Landon Sproull. “The Driver Information Centre display in the Model 220 keeps operators abreast of all vital vehicle and engine functions,” added Sproull. “The multi-language system features advice for the operator on ways to improve in areas such as increasing fuel efficiency and reducing brake wear by modifying driving behaviour.”
Storage is abundant, said Sproull, noting the compartments in door panels, along the back wall, in the header and on the dash. Additionally, there is an optional lockable compartment with two integrated cup holders that fits along the engine tunnel area. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, air-ride driver’s seat, and air-conditioning. The Model 220 is also available with a passenger-side air-ride seat or fixed two-man bench.
On the outside, the bumper is manufactured from galvanized steel, there’s a new radiator protection plate and the headlamps are protected by a Lexan covering. For improved visibility, fog lamps have been integrated into the bumper. The truck is equipped with the PACCAR PX-7 engine, which promises up to 260 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque.