Walkaround: The brand new Mack medium-duty MD Collection vans (VIDEO)
Mack Vans‘ new MD Collection of medium-duty items are new for 2020, however the Class 6 and seven market is much from unchartered waters for the corporate.
Mack exited the medium-duty phase 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 medium-duty Mid-Liner, and shelving the mannequin in 2003 put Mack all-in on Class eight.
Seventeen years later, a shortening size of haul and the infinite quest for certified drivers has pulled Mack again into the medium-duty pool, and so they’re leaping in with each toes.
Try a video walkaround shot by our mates at CCJ with Mack’s director of product technique Roy Horton under. Or learn on under the video for extra particulars.
Jonathan Randall, Mack Vans senior vice chairman of North American gross sales and advertising and marketing, stated the corporate’s seller community has been pushing for a return to medium obligation for years, and market stabilization and development within the phase created an ideal storm of alternative.
“It’s historically a fairly regular 90,000 to 100,000 vans within the U.S. and Canada,” he stated, noting annual medium-duty gross sales seldom swing as wildly as Class eight.
Reentry into the phase targets a buyer base that features dry van and refrigerated segments, and stake/flatbed, dump and tank truck vocations – segments that aren’t essentially into trucking.
“These are P&D people. These are non-public fleets. These are folks whose core enterprise isn’t essentially trucking,” he stated. “They use vans to maneuver issues, however they’re not trucking firms by commerce.”
Lots of its conventional long-haul clients additionally use lighter obligation automobiles to complement their enterprise and getting again into medium obligation, Randall says, permits Mack to grow to be a single-source resolution supplier for all its clients.
The Class 7 MD7 mannequin has a Gross Car Weight Score (GVWR) of 33,000 kilos. The Class 6 MD6 has a GVWR of 25,995 kilos and targets an enormous slice of the medium-duty truck inhabitants. The heaviest truck you’ll be able to legally drive and not using a industrial driver license, Class 6 vans make up about 75% of all medium-duty truck gross sales, Randall stated.
Each the MD6 and MD7 are exempt from the Federal Excise Tax (FET), shaving 12% off the price of acquisition.
The MD is Mack’s first all-new truck mannequin because the 2017 debut of Anthem. It’s additionally one in all only a few bulldogs to supply a non-Mack powertrain. Each MD fashions are geared up with an inline six cylinder Cummins B6.7 engine, making as much as 300 hp and 660 lb.-ft torque.
The B6.7 is the most well-liked diesel engine ever constructed by Cummins. Cummins’ B Collection has been available on the market for practically 40 years in varied iterations. As of final 12 months, the now-EGR-free B6.7 acquired a 5% energy increase and 31% extra peak torque than prior EGR-equipped fashions.
The engine is matched with an Allison 2500HS transmission and Meritor axles. An Allison 2500RDS is out there for purposes needing a PTO.
Base fashions get a spring suspension however Mack’s Maxlite air suspension is out there. The wheels are an ordinary 22.5-inches however 19.5-inch wheels can be found.
The vans’ chassis are sturdy, but light-weight (7mm thickness for the MD6 and 8mm thickness for the MD7) and are constructed to an industry customary 34-inch body width utilizing 120,000 psi metal rails – fairly the bump from an industry customary of 80,000 psi.
The MD options an industry-best 103-inch BBC, clear again of cab for ease of upfits and an ordinary rear window. The cab can be air-suspended, a function that Mack’s Director of Product Technique Roy Horton stated improves driver consolation and car sturdiness.
Diminished step-up top improves ergonomics. A number of seize handles and a brief hood for higher downward visibility will increase security.
The grille and most of the physique cues are shared with Mack’s Anthem mannequin, and there are many different hints of Mack’s on-highway merchandise inside. 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 discovered within the MD Mannequin.
Horton stated using so many inside parts from its long-haul truck, together with door panels, give the MD fashions an sudden facet profit “of a really quiet cab.”
An non-compulsory two-passenger bench seat permits fleets to deploy crews of three and a flip-up backside grants entry to a big bin for storage.
“It’s a quite simple design nevertheless it’s one thing that the shoppers within the medium-duty market see a ton of worth in,” Horton stated. “Simply having a spot they’ll put objects out of the way in which and gained’t be rolling round everywhere in the flooring.”
The MD is out there in a 4×2 configuration, and eight wheelbase lengths will assist typical our bodies from 10 to 26 toes.
Uptime assist is supplied via Geotab’s Go Rugged resolution with entry via Mack’s Uptime Heart, Mack OneCall and ASIST.
The MD Mannequin shall be in-built Mack’s new 280,000 sq. foot Virginia facility, Roanoke Valley Operations, with manufacturing slated for July. The items are already accessible for order.