The International LT with a 73-in. sky-rise sleeper.
On a spin around the 3-mile oval, the LT, powered by a 450-hp Cummins X-15, settles in at a smooth and quiet 65 mph. Visibility is greatly improved and the cab has a very open feeling.
Based on driver feedback, the cab dash has been redesigned with “attention to detail” that ranges from relocating the air horn (from the steering wheel back to a traditional lanyard over the driver-side window), moving the air-brake knobs out of the way, and improving the flow and direction of the air-conditioning and defrost vents. The new display also offers up to 15 customizable digital gauges.
This LT was equipped with the Diamond Black Cheery premium interior package.
The A-cluster gauges and the switches on the B-panel even get a new font to improve readability, as well as better backlighting.
The LT Series will be offered in multiple configurations, including day cab, 56” low roof sleeper, 56” hi-rise sleeper, 73” hi-rise sleeper and 73” sky-rise sleeper. It will offer customers a choice of engines that provide premium performance.
The Bendix Wingman Advance Collision Mitigation system comes standard with every model in the series, and is also available with the optional Bendix Wingman Fusion and Meritor WABCO OnGuardACTIVE systems.
The LT Series features dramatically improved aerodynamics and provides fuel efficiency that is 7% better than the company’s most recent fuel economy leader, a 2017 ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 engine.
The LT Series delivers 3% improvement in fuel economy due to its aerodynamic benefits alone, according to the company.
Upgraded aerodynamic features on the new International LT Series include an aero-contoured hood, fender, wheel opening and chassis skirts and an aero-enhanced three-piece front bumper, while longer side extenders shorten the trailer gap.
The LT Series is being launched with the new 2017 Cummins X15 engine, which has ratings of up to 500 HP in the efficiency series and up to 565 HP in the performance series. The new 2017 Navistar N13 engine, available in April, will have an advanced fuel-efficient 13-liter design that produces up to 475 HP and 1,750 lb.-ft. of torque from a design that is 500 to 600 pounds lighter than traditional big bore engines.
A number of the subsystems and key service points under the hood of the LT series have been relocated for ease of maintenance.
Just over 1,000 new LTs will roll off the line by the end of year, with full production to begin in January.
The same aerodynamic improvements that boosted the LT Series’ fuel efficiency also yielded a four-Sone decrease in wind noise, which eliminates noise harshness for improved driver comfort.
Navistar also provided truck editors with demonstration of platooning technology being developed with Texas A&M University Transportation Institute, the Federal Highway Administration and the Texas Dept. of Transportation. More to come.
And the editors got to do a few laps in the CatalIST International SuperTruck. Much more to come on it, as well.