Peterbilt Motors Co. has announced new design enhancements for its 2012 medium- duty cabover Models 210 and 220, which serve the Class 6-7 market in such applications as P&D, wrecker and sweeper.

Given those duty cycles, according to Bill Jackson, Peterbilt gm & Paccar vp, maneuverability is a “key attribute” to maintain. “The Model 210 and 220 offer that and driver comfort, entry safety features, serviceability and vigorous power all in a compact package. And with its low chassis weight, it’s perfect for high volume payloads,” he said.

According to the OEM, the 2012 designs pair a lightweight chassis and frame rail with a strategically positioned electrical system to optimize body installation and increase payload capacity. The Models 210 and 220 use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust-aftertreatment technology and are EPA 2010 emissions-compliant. In addition, the trucks are available with an Allison 2100 Series automatic transmission, which Pete said helps provide a smooth, comfortable ride.

The Model 210 is available as a Class 6 straight truck with GVW rated at 26,000 lbs. The OEM said it features a tight turning radius for maneuverability in difficult, confined spaces, and a wrap-around windshield, extra large side windows and heated mirrors for exceptional visibility. Standard with an automatic transmission and air suspension, the Model 210 is recommended for bodies between 18- to 26-ft. in length and can be configured for non-CDL operation. In addition, the wraparound dash highlights the spacious interior with its capacity to seat three people and ample storage with overhead compartments running the width of the cabin.

The Class 7 Model 220 is “tailor-made to deliver a compact package of maneuverability, visibility and serviceability,” said the OEM. In addition to the tight turning radius and wraparound windshield, the truck provides a low chassis weight, “perfect for high-volume payloads.” The front panel opens for quick access to the air filter, coolant, washer fluid, power-steering fluid, refrigerant and engine oil, and ergonomically positioned doors open a wide 90 deg. The Model 220 is recommended for bodies between 20- and 26-ft. in length.

Both vehicles are powered by the Paccar PX-6 diesel with horsepower ratings up to 250 and torque ratings up to 660 lbs.-ft. Peterbilt said the engine is ideal for medium-duty truck owners. The fuel-efficient PX-6 is an inline 6 cylinder with four valves per cylinder, a high pressure common rail fuel system and it features the best power-to-weight ratio available in its class, according to the OEM.

The Model 210 and 220 are part of Peterbilt’s lineup of medium-duty vehicles that includes the conventional-hood Models 325, 330, 337, and 348. Models 330, 337 and 348 are also available in hybrid electric configurations.