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International truck unwraps the new HX Series trucks

Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 14 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

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The new International HX Series is the first product released under the company’s Navistar 4.0 strategy and its Project Compass initiative. The new HX Series is available in both a set-forward axle HX520 and a set-back axle HX620. The HX620 comes standard with the International A26 engine, delivering up to 500 HP. Additionally, both the HX520 and HX620 models can be ordered with the Cummins X15 engine, delivering up to 605 HP and 2,050 lb./ft. of torque. Both vehicles are now available for order and deliveries will start early next year.

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“The new HX Series represents our most comfortable, durable, technologically integrated and driver-focused severe service truck ever,” said Mark Stasell, vice president of vocational truck at Navistar. “It is the physical representation of our Navistar 4.0 strategy – putting the customer at the center of everything we do.”

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The new HX Series features a cab that the company says is designed and validated to perform in punishing vocational applications. It comes with a three-piece hood that is crack-resistant and specifically engineered to offer improved front-forward visibility, the OEM explained. Backed by rigorous testing, the extreme duty cab is structurally reinforced in key locations to ensure long life and is now protected by ChemGuard, LineX and International Truck’s own topcoat process, which the company says makes it nearly impenetrable to salt. The new HX Series is backed by a 10-year perforation warranty.

The new HX Series also comes with functional dual external air cleaners, offering increased filtration, which is critical when running in dusty environments. All marker lights have been replaced with LEDs which provide night time visibility and safety while reducing the frequency of repair. Optional stainless steel visors, bright finish mirrors and additional stainless steel options are available.

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Inside, the overall cab size has been increased. The cab features improved HVAC and larger power windows, creating a view with improved visibility compared to its predecessor, the company said. The expanded cab also comes laid out with International Truck’s newest and highest trim package Diamond Elite. Included in this package is a new line of premium heated and ventilated seats. Integrated driver assist technology from Bendix also helps improve driver’s awareness and safety, International Truck stated.

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On a jobsite, the new HX Series is available with dual steering gears and advanced anti-lock braking systems that result in improved turning, traction and control. The HX Series continues to offer a high-strength 12.5- x 0.5-in. single rail frame option delivering 3.5M RBM, meaning it is capable of withstanding even the heaviest loads. International Truck also includes a Huck-bolted frame and cross members on the chassis that minimize movement and wear, a wide range of factory-installed lift axles, and for the rare occasions a driver does get stuck, a front tow pin option rated up to 150,000 lbs.

It also features the new Hendrickson Haulmaxx HMX-EX Suspension, bringing improved reliability and increased job site ratings. A wide range of steerable lift axles are also offered for the new HX Series. All lift axle combinations are available from the factory. Notably, International Truck now offers the option for all controls to be placed in the wing panel of the dashboard for improved ergonomics and quality appearance.

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The new HX Series features the Eaton Fuller manual transmissions, Eaton Ultrashift automated manual transmissions or the Allison 4000 Series Transmissions. The automated manual and automatic transmissions are controlled through International Truck’s stalk shifter control.

International Truck has integrated the Diamond Logic electrical system into the new HX Series. Diamond Logic offers fleets an integrated, programmable and customizable electrical system that operates directly from the dash. According to the OEM, it decreases body installation labor, increases uptime and safety and allows drivers to operate the truck’s body with confidence.

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The new HX Series is supported through OnCommand Connection. All HX Series customers will have visibility into the health of their fleet, making it easier to manage maintenance and repair. This technology allows International Truck and its service network to predict parts needs, so dealers have inventory on shelves where and when you need it.

The new HX Series is also backed by the International 360 service communications and fleet management platform.

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