Western Star introduces new Class 8

4700 model intended for construction, municipal markets

Western Star Truck Sales has introduced its all-new Class 8 vocational truck - the Western Star 4700.

Available in a set-forward and set-back configuration, the 4700 features a 110-inch BBC - the shortest BBC in its class - and is the ideal solution to meet the needs of the dump, mixer, crane, roll-off, sewer vac and plow applications.

"The Western Star 4700 broadens our product line-up to meet the growing needs of value-minded vocational customers who still demand the attributes found in a traditional Western Star truck," said Mike Jackson, general manager, Western Star. "Hand-built with unmatched attention to detail, the 4700 features the same durability, ruggedness and reliability our customers expect from Western Star.

Power and performance

The Western Star 4700 is available with the broadest range of powertrain options in a single truck model, Jackson noted, including the Detroit Diesel DD13 engine and the Cummins ISC and ISL engines.

The DD13 features a six-cylinder, in-line configuration, 350 to 450 hp and 1,250 to 1,650 lb ft of torque. Combined with Daimler's proven BlueTec Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology and Amplified Common Rail System (ACRS), the DD13 can save vocational customers up to five percent in fuel economy.

For vocational customers who do not require 13-liter power, the Cummins ISC and ISL are ideal for applications that include the light plow and mixer market. Also utilizing proven SCR technology, the ISC features 260 to 350 hp and 1,000 lb ft of torque, and the ISL features 345 to 380 hp, and 1,100 to 1,300 lb ft of torque.

A broad range of transmissions is also available for the 4700, including the latest Eaton Ultrashift PLUS transmission, and Allison 3000 and 4000-series transmissions.

"Both Detroit Diesel and Cummins engines are perfectly suited to meet the specific performance and efficiency needs of the vocational market," said Jackson. "Together with the Allison and Eaton transmission options, we're providing a premium powertrain package that will deliver every time."

Operator safety

The Western Star 4700 is equipped with a galvannealed steel cab specially designed to withstand the rigors of vocational applications. The cab is precision welded, then dipped and protected with a proprietary 17-stage e-coat process for long-lasting corrosion resistance and superior paint finish.

The newly designed, sloped hood offers outstanding site lines for optimal visibility. Plus, the short BBC, combined with a 55-degree wheel cut, provides better maneuverability on tight job sites.

The Western Star 4700 features a new interior that will make working on the job site more functional and comfortable. These include updated materials that are easier to clean, as well as lighter headliner colors that make the 72-inch wide cab a little brighter.

Customizable, marine-grade switches and a hinged dash with exposed fasteners for easy serviceability and accessibility are also included.

The 4700's large cab also provides ample storage space. The all-new, redesigned door maximizes storage and improves fit, finish and durability, all while maintaining excellent entry and egress.

Body builder friendly

Body builder friendly features are key in the vocational market - not only for ease of upfit, but for reducing body installation time. The 4700 features standard specs such as clean back of cab, in-cab batteries for clear frame rails and front frame extensions.

The truck's body builder interface connectors and transmission control unit is located in-cab, providing greater protection against harsh or corrosive environments, ultimately preventing the possibility of wiring shorts and downtime.

Also included is a bolt-in pass through plate in the cab floor that eliminates unnecessary drilling, and an industry-first - dedicated Body Builder Wiring Raceway. An easily accessible routing path through the cab floor, the Raceway provides plenty of room for body builders to route wiring more efficiently.

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