Western Star has announced several new enhancements for its 4700 model, including new engine and transmission options.
4700 trucks and tractors can now be spec’d with the new Cummins X12 engine, which delivers up to 1700 lb.-ft. of torque and 500 HP. Cummins touts the engine’s weight of 2,050 lbs.—which is up to 600 lbs. lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10 to 13-liter category—while increasing payload capacity. The engine also comes with front- and rear-engine PTO offerings, enabling more upfitting options.
Another new option is the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, which can now be spec’d for 4700 trucks with Detroit engines. With features such as creep mode, hill start aid and a precise pneumatic shift and clutch control, the DT12 gives a smoother ride and reduces driver fatigue.
“The 4700 has always been all about providing customers with the choices that are best matched for their exact business needs,” said Samantha Parlier, vice president of marketing and product strategy for Western Star. “Our new powertrain options expand the adaptability of the already versatile 4700.”
The enhanced 4700 also has additional upfit-friendly improvements, including updates to the electrical system—such as the addition of a third Power Distribution Module—and improved interface connections on the back floor of the cab, as well as four new options for trailer connections.
The 4700 also includes new interior options, such as the ability to be spec’d with a 40-in. low or ultra-low roof StarLight sleeper. This additional space can be used for extra storage or fitted with a comfortable mattress, the company notes.
Additionally, the 4700 comes with the option for several safety features. Several new features will keep drivers and others on the road safer. Wabco OnGuard uses a bumper-mounted radar unit to track vehicles and objects in the truck’s path, and then automatically applies the brake if the driver doesn’t slow the truck in time. Bendix lane departure camera tracks the truck’s lane position and provides audible warnings to the driver.
“We’re proud that the 4700 has been an ever-growing number of customers’ choice for eight years, and we know that our new enhancements will make their experience even better and more profitable,” Parlier added.