Peterbilt introduces new vocational model 567

The Model 567 is the result of the most extensive product research and development in Peterbilt's line-up of vocational vehicles and sets the standard for quality, innovation, and reliability for the vocational market.

Three sleeper sizes – 44", 70" and 80" –all provide an inviting living space. The large sleeper opening gives the feel of an integrated sleeper design while maintaining the resale-enhancing detachable sleeper construction.

The 567 can be spec'd with a wide variety of heavy-duty components and in a number of configurations for increased payloads and optimized weight distribution. The 567 is available in a set-back front axle configuration for increased maneuverability in congested worksites and with steer axle ratings up to 22,000 lbs. An angled steering gear installation further improves maneuverability by increasing wheel cut by up to 9 degrees over other designs, reducing curb-to-curb turning diameter by up to 9'.

"Our optimized steering geometry reduces bump steer by up to 25 percent," said Sproull. "This minimizes steering wheel feedback over rough, uneven surfaces, minimizing driver fatigue."

The 567 is also available with single, tandem or tridem drive axles and a variety of lift axles.

Optimized Chassis Design

The 567 features a chassis design that reduces weight for increased payload capacity, improves stiffness for an exceptional driving experience and improves maneuverability for operating in congested worksites. In addition, the chassis is 10 to 15 percent stiffer than comparable products improving ride and handling while reducing in-cab noise.

The chassis was also designed to consider the needs of service technicians and body manufacturers. Chassis system routing improvements include new air and fuel hard lines and the separation of key air, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid and electrical systems routings which significantly simplifies service, repair and body installation.

The Model 567 is standard with front Air Disc Brakes, providing excellent straight-line braking stability and significantly increasing brake maintenance intervals. Complementing Air Disc Brakes, the standard Electronic Stability Control System provides added stability and traction by applying the brakes when excessive wheel slip or a critical stability threshold is detected.

Ergonomic, Comfortable Interior

The Model 567's interior combines ruggedness and durability with comfort and performance for the vocational market. The new interior begins with a 2.1 meter-wide cab that is spacious, provides a quiet, ergonomic environment that reduces driver fatigue and improves efficiency.

"A key consideration of the Model 567 design process is the driver-centric, roomy cab and sleeper environment," said Sproull. "During our research and planning, we interviewed and surveyed hundreds of drivers about their preferences to ensure the 567 cab would provide operators with the most productive and comfortable operating environment."

The Model 567 is available in Peterbilt's Platinum and Prestige trim levels. The Prestige interior is made with durable materials that are easy to clean and show fewer scratches and scuffs. The Platinum features woodgrain highlights throughout the cab and sleeper. The available interior colors are Titanium Gray and Buckskin Tan.

The new gauge panel is easy to read, completely visible through the steering wheel, and provides critical and functional information to the driver. The Model 567 also features a 5-inch color Driver Information Display. The display features important information including an engine-RPM sweet-spot indicator to help drivers maximize fuel economy. A secondary panel can house up to six optional gauges or, when specified, Peterbilt's SmartNavTM audio and navigation system.

The Model 567 dash brow is sculpted and positioned for excellent forward visibility. The dash top is made from a soft, durable material and includes an integrated tray for quick access to often-used items. All other dash shell and kick panels, along with the steering column shroud, use molded-in-color parts to minimize scratching and marring.

All controls and switches are placed within easy reach to minimize driver distraction. Switches are backlit for enhanced nighttime visibility. LED lighting throughout the cab provides a contemporary look and bulb life is 10 times greater than incandescent lighting and significantly lowers power consumption.

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