Peterbilt Model 589 walk-around, test drive

Peterbilt Model 589 walk-around, test drive

Get behind the wheel of Peterbilt's new Model 589.

The Peterbilt Model 589 is a cross between two worlds–long-nose classic truck styling outside meets modern-day creature comforts inside. I got my hands on Peterbilt’s latest truck release for a walk-around with Jacob White, product marketing director, Peterbilt, and took it on a drive around Texas to put it through its paces. Under the hood, this Model 589 is powered by a PACCAR MX-13 engine, boasting 510 HP and 1850 ft-lbs. torque, paired with a PACCAR TX 18 Pro automated manual transmission.

White explained that there are a variety of engine and transmission options available for the Model 589, to meet a host of application demands. The Model 589 can be configured as a day cab or a sleeper in 44-, 58-, 72-or 80-in. options.

Outside, the truck shines with the classic Peterbilt truck styling. The truck’s hood, constructed from lightweight aluminum, aims to ensure durability and easy maintenance. White highlighted the distinctive fenders and external air cleaners, a feature that not only adds to its visual appeal but also offers practical benefits like reduced maintenance costs and improved dust capacity.

Inside, the truck shares its cab design with Peterbilt’s Model 567 and Model 579. The sleeper, for example, is equipped with high-quality materials and offers a host of storage and a functional workstation. “Every detail is designed to provide comfort and convenience for life on the road,” White said. A new, more contemporary instrument panel offers reduced glare and better visibility. Numerous trim packages allow for a custom interior look and features automatic climate control and larger dual cup holders.

Watch the video for a full tour of the Peterbilt Model 589 and a hands-on test drive.

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