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Kenworth introduces new W990 truck


Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment Magazine

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Kenworth announced the launch of the W990, its new long-hood conventional truck.

According to Kenworth, the W990 is a successor of sorts to the company’s long-running W900 series—though Kenworth General Manager and PACCAR Vice President Mike Dozier specified that it is not a replacement for the W900, which he said is “not going anywhere.”

Available in day cab, 40-in. flat top, and 52-in. and 76-in. mid-roof sleeper configurations, the W990 is standard with the PACCAR Powertrain, which consists of the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 510 HP and 1,850 lb./ft. of torque, a 12-speed PACCAR automated transmission and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles.

Additionally, the W990 is standard with Kenworth TruckTech+ remote diagnostics system and Kenworth’s NAV+HD seven-inch, color in-dash display.

Like the W900 series, Kenworth is positioning the W990 as a reward truck for drivers.

“For this truck it was all about the ‘wow’ factor, that iconic appearance, and about the presence,” said Jonathan Duncan, Kenworth’s director of design. “It had to be something drivers would be proud to call their own. We wanted to reward drivers with the sharpest looking truck, the smoothest ride, and the most commanding view of the road.”


The interior of the cab will look familiar to those who have been in the T680 or T880, as it’s built on the same 2.1-meter cab platform, but with additional features for driver comfort.

Special comfort and style options include the Limited Edition cab and sleeper interior, and the W990 Driver’s Studio package.

The W990 Limited Edition interior comes in midnight black with glossy Ravenwood door and dash trim accents. The special interior features rich black leather, embroidered W990 logo, Royal Blue double-stitched diamond door pads, black leather wrapped steering wheel with Royal Blue stitching, and driver and passenger seats with suede charcoal inserts and perforated leather with Royal Blue backing.

The W990 Driver’s Studio offers a 180-degree swivel passenger seat and rotating table for two people, drawer-style refrigerator, and convenient space ideal for a microwave. Entertainment is provided by Kenworth’s premium audio package with 320-watt amp, 10-in. subwoofer and eight speakers; swivel TV mount for up to a 28-inch flat screen TV; and optional EpicVue pre-wire for satellite TV. There’s a full-size wardrobe space for hanging clothes, multiple storage drawers, and large storage space under the lower bunk. The 1800-watt inverter includes a shore power connection and four standard 120-volt sleeper outlets to power a range of electrical devices, and the truck is standard with LED lighting.



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