See New Interior, Engine and Safety Enhancements Now Available On Western Star 4700s
Las Vegas, Nevada – Western Star debuted its newly enhanced 4700 this week at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.
The truck maker says its most popular model has been updated with several new enhancements that make it lighter, safer, more productive and faster to upfit. “We know customers already appreciate the truck’s versatility and dependability, and our newest features will deliver at an even higher level,” said Samantha Parlier, vice president of marketing and product strategy for Western Star.
New Cummins Engine, More Powertrain Options, Easier Upfitting for Body Builders
4700 trucks and tractors can now be spec’d with the new Cummins X12 engine. Weighing 2,050 pounds – which is up to 600 lbs. lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10 to 13-liter category. Also, front- and rear-engine PTO offerings enable more upfitting options, a benefit to both customers and body builders.
The Cummins X12 engine, which delivers up to 1700 lb.-ft. of torque and 500HP, has a low-friction design that is well-suited for higher MPGs. It is compatible with a broad range of fully automatic, automated manual and manual transmissions, and has oil drain, filter and fuel filter replacement intervals that rival comparable engines.
Another new option available on the 4700 is the Detroit™ DT12™ automated manual transmission. Western Star said the addition of the DT12 with features such as creep mode, hill start aid and a precise pneumatic shift and clutch control, gives “a smoother ride and reduces driver fatigue.”
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.
4700 Gets A “Refreshed Interior”
The 4700 is getting a bit of an update inside the truck as well. Larger gauges on the instrument panel now provide improved visibility, and a new LCD dash display delivers more information to the driver in an intuitive format.
Four customizable LED indicators are available for body builders to keep the operator informed of various truck functions, data and alerts. The truck’s multi-function steering wheel offers the driver easier-to-reach access to cruise control, radio functions, phone controls and dash display menus.
Also, for the first time, the 4700 can now be spec’d with a 40-inch low or ultra-low roof StarLight sleeper. This additional space was designed to be used for extra storage or fitted with a comfortable mattress.
Parlier said the interior update ideas came directly from customers. “We worked directly with customers to create an environment that drivers can customize to best meet the needs of their specific job and lifestyle. From dash-mounted USB ports for personal mobile devices, to a variety of mounting and pre-wire options for telematics systems, the 4700 is easier than ever to operate,” Parlier said.
New Safety Features
Western Star has also added several new safety features to the 4700 as well such as the Wabco OnGuard driver-assist radar system. 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.
Parlier said each of the new enhancement were designed to improve the experience for drivers. “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,” she said.