Mack unveils MD6 and MD7 in return to medium obligation vehicles

Mack’s new medium obligation entries – the Class 6 MD6 and Class 7 MD7 – unlocks new over the street segments for the truck maker.

The Mack MD6 has a Gross Automobile Weight Ranking (GVWR) of 25,995 kilos, and the MD7 mannequin has a GVWR of 33,000 kilos. Each are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET).

Serial manufacturing of the vehicles is ready to start this summer season and the corporate is already taking orders.

The MD lineup turns into the primary automotive venture within the State of Virginia to go from prototype to manufacturing, and targets trucking purposes in dry van and refrigerated segments, and stake/flatbed, dump and tank truck vocations.

The outside is stylized equally to Mack’s on-highway champion, Anthem and shall be made out there in a 4×2 configuration. Mack says each fashions will characteristic a pointy wheel reduce for city maneuverability and famous the MD Sequence cab design encompasses a quick, industry-leading, 103-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) measurement.

The MD fashions are Mack’s first all-new truck mannequin for the reason that 2017 debut of Anthem. It’s additionally the primary truck exterior of refuse fashions to supply a non-Mack powertrain. Each MD fashions are geared up with a Cummins B6.7 liter engine, making 300 hp and 660 lb.-ft of torque, and matched with an Allison 2500HS transmission and Meritor axles.

Mack exited the medium obligation section within the early 2000s shortly after the debut of the Mack Freedom – extra reborn Renault than Born Prepared Mack. The Freedom concluded Mack’s 20-plus 12 months run with its Mid-Liner, and shelving the mannequin in 2003 put Mack all-in on Class eight.

Jonathan Randall, Mack Vans senior vice chairman of North American gross sales and advertising and marketing, stated the corporate’s vendor community has been pushing for a return to medium obligation, and market stabilization and development within the section created an ideal storm of alternative.

“It’s historically a reasonably regular 90,000 to 100,000 vehicles within the U.S. and Canada,” he stated, noting medium obligation gross sales seldom swing as wildly as Class eight.

The MD’s chassis are sturdy, but light-weight (7mm thickness for the MD6 and 8mm thickness for the MD7) and are constructed to an industry commonplace 34-inch width utilizing 120okay psi metal body rails.

The MD cab options an industry-best 103-inch BBC, clear again of cab, an air-suspended cab and a regular rear window.

The air-suspended cab, stated Mack’s Director of Product Technique Roy Horton, improves driver consolation and car sturdiness. Lowered step-up peak improves ergonomics and a number of seize handles and a brief hood for improved downward visibility will increase security.

The surface is all MD however the inside is Mack-inspired. Loads of hints of Mack’s on-highway Anthem are apparent when the doorways swing open. A wrap-around sprint with ergonomic controls; a tilt telescopic steering column with flat-bottomed steering wheel; energy home windows and door locks; cruise management and a driver air-ride seat are all common long-haul driver comforts.

The usage of so many inside components from its lengthy haul truck, together with door panels, Horton stated gave the MD fashions an surprising facet profit “of a really quiet cab.”

Out there in a 4×2 configuration, eight wheelbase lengths can be found which can help typical our bodies from 10-26 toes.

The MD Mannequin shall be inbuilt Mack’s new 280,000 sq. foot facility Roanoke Valley Operations in Salem, Virginia. Manufacturing is ready to kickoff in July. The truck is on the market for order now.