Western Star reveals aluminum cab, Detroit-loaded 49X workhorse

Sources: Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

After extensive field testing in mixer, dump and other vocational applications, Western Star has unveiled the 49X, an aluminum cab model with single channel frame rail, composite hood and other modifications equating to a weight savings of more than 350 lbs. versus the 4900 truck, which will remain available.  

The 49X is built from the ground up in set forward or set back axle configurations. Scheduled for late-2020 production, it will usher the new Detroit DT 12 V series vocational automated manual transmission plus the Detroit Assurance suite of safety features proven in the on-highway models of Western Star and Daimler Trucks North America sister brand Freightliner. Assurance spans Side Guard Assist, Active Brake Assist, Tailgate Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control to 0 mph, Lane Departure Warning, Video Capture, Intelligent High-Beam, plus Automatic Wiper and Headlamp features. 

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Among the 49X steel-reinforced cab’s leading features, Western Star cites abundant headroom—comfortably sufficient for drivers to enter with their hard hats on—and major windshield and rear window visibility increases over the 4900 vocational model.

“Our dealers, truck equipment manufacturers and, most importantly, our customers, rely on the dependability, reliability and sheer toughness of Western Star trucks,” says DTNA Senior Vice President, Vocational Segment David Carson. “With the 49X, Western Star delivers on our promise of tough, while introducing segment-first safety features, an operator-focused experience and easier upfit solution that will keep our customers’ businesses running smoothly. A vocational truck is a tool for a job. We’ve completely rethought the foundation of the 49X to deliver greater durability, return greater payload and improve productivity at the job site.”

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