Peterbilt Motors Co. introduced the new Model 579 UltraLoft—a new integral cab and sleeper design for Peterbilt’s on-highway Model 579. The driver experience was the key factor in designing the new UltraLoft, the manufacturer noted. By optimizing the space available, the new sleeper model includes a massive amount of storage and Peterbilt line-up leading comfort. The UltraLoft gives drivers ultra wide upper and lower bunk mattresses, impressive headroom in both bunks and some creature comforts of home with space to accommodate a large microwave and enough room to fit a 32 in. flat screen TV.
“The UltraLoft was designed and tested in close collaboration with customers and drivers,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt Motors Co. general manager and PACCAR senior vice president.
“Peterbilt’s customers have been asking for a product that maximizes the space available in the cab and the UltraLoft delivers on that request,” added Robert Woodall, assistant general manager of sales and marketing with Peterbilt Motors Co. “This makes it an ideal truck for team drivers, training scenarios and customers that want to maximize aerodynamic performance and driver comfort.”
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The improvements are not limited to the driver experience. The UltraLoft provides an estimated 2% aerodynamic improvement, compared to the Model 579 discreet sleeper.
“Throughout the design process we asked ourselves, what is best for the drivers to be the most comfortable and productive? So, we added headroom, storage and improved the overall space to maximize the driver’s experience,” said Scott Newhouse, chief engineer with Peterbilt Motors Co. “The expansive loft style space, the increase in efficiency and the reduction in overall tractor weight are a testament to the team’s focus on maximizing the driver experience.”
The 579 UltraLoft is available for order now and production scheduled to begin in the summer. Stay tuned to Fleet Equipment for an in-depth conversation with the Peterbilt team that brought the UltraLoft to life.