On Monday, one day prior to the opening of the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, International debuted it’s new Class 8, HX series of vocational trucks–the first completely new line the company has offered since 2010.
“The launch of the HX Series is an opportunity for International to recapture a leading position in the vocational market, a segment we previously led,” says Troy Clarke, president and CEO, Navistar. “The launch of the HX Series underscores our commitment to innovation, our dedication to uptime and our position as a leader within the industry.”
The new HX Series trucks feature a huck bolted frame and cross members and a 12.5-inch single frame rail to stand up to the twisting and racking forces encountered on uneven ground. Rated at 3.5 million rbm, the rails weigh 13 percent less than a 10-inch rail, which gives you more weight for payload.
The cab, constructed of aluminum for rustproof longevity, sits on an air-ride suspension system and 52-inch springs which help smooth-out the bumps and ruts found on most construction sites. The wheel cuts crank to 40 degrees for increased maneuverability in tight spaces. A three-piece Metton hood keeps the weight down and is less prone to damage and cracking than fiberglass.
On the inside, the cab features all the bells and whistles drivers come to expect in a premium truck including: standard power windows and locks, air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, LED lighting, and an angled right-hand console for better visibility to gauges. The doors swing on long-lasting stainless steel piano hinges.
If you have occasion to do recovery work, the HX series sports a tow pin with a 150,000-pound rating, the industry’s highest, according to International.
International is taking orders immediately. The first vehicles will be delivered this spring.
The HX515 is a 115-inch BBC Set-forward Axle Straight Truck with primary vocations including concrete mixer, construction dump, refuse/roll-off and crane.
The HX615 is a 115-inch BBC Set-back Axle Truck or Tractor with primary vocations including construction dump, concrete mixer, platform stake/crane and refuse/roll-off.
The HX620 is a 120-inch BBC Set-back Axle Truck or Tractor with primary vocations including heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane.
The fourth model, the HX520, is a 120-inch BBC Set-forward Axle Truck or Tractor with primary vocations including heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane. It will be formally unveiled at Truck World in Toronto in April.
The HX515 and the HX615 models are powered by Navistar® N13 engines, while the HX520 and HX620 models offer the Cummins® ISX15 engine.
“The HX Series combines aggressive styling, unstoppable capability and driver-centric features to appeal to vocational truck owners in a whole new way,” says Denny Mooney, senior vice president, Global Product Development, Navistar. “All you need to do is get behind the wheel of this truck and you will see that this is a major step forward in design, all with the driver in mind.”
NOTE: This article was written originally for our sister publication, Equipment World, and has been edited for content.