Last month’s 2013 Work Truck Show saw the unveiling of a brand new line of vocational vehicle – the new Western Star 4700 SB, featuring Western Star’s famous 110-inch BBC – the shortest in its class – as well as a 42-degree wheel cut, a boon to maneuvering in tight spots with a big vehicle.
The 4700 comes equipped with a top-of-the-line Cummins ISL engine and an Allison 3000-series transmission. It can boast up to 370 hp and 1,250 lb-ft of torque. Take-off power can be customized to the front or back of the truck to fit the owner’s preference.
The real advantage of the newest addition to Western Star’s all-wheel drive family (including the 4800 and 4900) is the lightweight versatility of a vocational truck, which will prove immensely powerful to customers, saving on resources and making for a more versatile ride on a variety of terrains. The 4700 has been categorized as being ideal for cranes, utility, digger derricks, and small dumps.
The earlier models in the family, particularly the 4800 and 4900 are more suited to slightly heavier duty jobs, like snow plowing, dumps, utility, construction, and oilfield trucking.
For the heaviest jobs, the 6900, which also features AWD technology is available. This one is geared more toward your mining and agricultural jobs, your heavy construction, and the bigger jobs on oilfield projects.
With the addition of the 4700, the all wheel drive family really seems complete, and covers the full spectrum of job demands and necessities.
“We’re meeting our customers’ demands for a rugged, yet lightweight truck suited for the most challenging of job sites,” said Peter Schimunek, marketing segment manager at Western Star. “Our 4700SB AWD combines the best in performance, customization and durability in an affordable package. Complemented by Western Star’s roomy, comfortable interior, this truck is the ultimate workhorse.”
We know we’re always at the height of excitement when a new truck hits the market. What does Star Nation think of this newest addition to the already phenomenal class of all-wheel drive options available from Western Star?