The trucking industry has had to deal with several challenges in the past few years, with more yet to come. The ever-changing world has ushered in a new era urging the industry to change with it. We have arrived at a point in time, where the environment is better cared for, and driver safety is held supreme. As a result, traditional semi-truck manufacturers have had to adapt and conform to modern safety and emission standards. The new threat from all-electric trucks is another drive for old truck manufacturers to change their ways or risk losing to the competition. We are nearing the era of sustainable, greener trucks that are environmentally friendly and easy to drive.
So what do we have in store for 2021? Let’s take a look at the much-awaited upcoming trucks from the industry-leading marques.
Kenworth is one of the oldest truck manufacturers in America with a rich history. They have plenty to offer when it comes to heavy-duty class 7 and class 8 trucks. The Kenworth T680, the Kenworth W990, and the Kenworth T880 are three notable mentions that deserve a place on our list. The three trucks are due to come out in 2021 with a fresh approach towards safety, efficiency, and performance.
The giant machines are safer than ever, with a host of driver-assist features to make driving hassle-free. The W990 and the T880 can sport the Wabco OnGuardACTIVE safety system that enhances your abilities as a driver.
What’s more, the new T680 gets Level 2 autonomy with Bendix Wingman Fusion, which is a step into the future for the traditional marque. Kenworth has also partnered with the Meritor for the T680e, an electric version of the sturdy T680 that would work wonderfully on short routes.
The Peterbilt 579 comes new and improved for 2021 with even better comfort and safety options. The 579 truck has been a popular choice in the past years, and more customers are likely to turn towards the new UltraLoft Sleeper model. The fresh model 579 comes with the Bendix Wingman Fusion system as standard.
The 579 truck has top of the line aerodynamics that reduce drag, improve efficiency, and result in overall better performance on the highway. Not to mention the mighty engine that roars under the hood producing inhumane levels of torque.
The Peterbilt 389 is another popular model that makes its way into 2021 with extra features to go with its traditional styling. It comes equipped with Peterbilt’s SmartNav technology and the SmartLINQ diagnostics system that allows over the air updates and lets you diagnose engine issues while sitting in the cabin. The 389 is a step in the future with the same traditional looks.
Mack trucks have been around for more than a century and they have proven to be the best of the rest. The Mack Anthem is a testament to Mack’s unwavering commitment to making up-class trucks. The Anthem comes with a dominant design, a potent engine, and a comfortable interior making it the perfect all-around truck for highway driving.
The 2021 machine gets Command Steer that reduces the driver’s effort by over 30% allowing you to maneuver with masterful precision anytime every time. However, if you are a bit of an old-timer then the Mack Pinnacle is the truck for you. This traditionally designed big-rig carries on with the design philosophy of an old truck, but it has the safety and technology of a modern one. The Pinnacle has a low center of gravity for better road grip, a forward axle position for heavier payloads, and a sturdy chassis to handle extremely heavy freight. All in all, a great truck for both off-road and on-road applications.
The Freightliner Cascadia takes the limelight in the Freightliner line-up as this new truck comes with a host of modern technological upgrades that old truckers would only dream of in their time. The Daimler Detroit Assurance Suite 5.0 comes equipped in the Cascadia providing Level 2 autonomy and safety. On the other hand, the Detroit powertrain ensures no payload is heavy enough for Cascadia.
If you are looking to shift to a greener option within the Freightliner line-up, you can consider the eCascadia, an electric version of the brilliant Cascadia. The e-version gets all the tech and safety features and the comfort options found in the Cascadia. The largest difference comes in terms of performance as the eCascadia gets a 475 kWh battery to power the truck for 250 miles. The 0 to 80% charge takes 90 minutes, which is remarkable considering the size of the battery.
When it comes to buying a semi-truck in America there are many options to consider. You can go for the more traditional looking variants or step into modern territory with the futuristic-looking big-rigs. If you go even further, there is the all-electric truck market that hasn’t been tapped to its full potential. The Tesla Semi is one truck you can consider as it is planned for a 2021 release. No matter the case, with emissions reaching alarming levels, it is time for the semi-truck manufacturing industry to move into new territories.
By Aldous Aldwin