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PETERBILT’S NEW 348, 337

Posted: August 1, 2014

Peterbilt has introduced two new trucks, the Model 348 and the 337.

The new Model 348 is for applications such as construction, fuel delivery, refuse and utility work, says Peterbilt. The versatile class 7 or 8 truck or tractor has a GVW beginning at 35,000 lbs. and optional capacity ratings to suit almost any speciality work.

It sports an all-new interior with an “in-mould” color process that imbeds the color permanently into the material to “virtually eliminate peeling, scratches, scuffs and fading that can occur in harsh operating environments,” says Pete. A new driver display package features easy-to-read backlit gauges that are easy to read, with key vehicle performance data located at the top of the dash for optimal viewing.  As well, a new HVAC system – also seen on the 337 — not only improves air flow, but is also claimed to reduce maintenance costs. 
 
The Model 348 offers critical vocational options such as FEPTO, REPTO and application-specific transmissions including a hybrid configuration designed for utility service.  The Model 348 is available with two PACCAR engines: in the hybrid configuration there’s the 280-hp PX-6 engine  while the  PX-8 engine (240-380 hp) provides 1050 lb ft or torque for heavier loads. 
 
Both the 348 and 337 trucks have an all-aluminum cab with new exterior enhancements that improve outward vision. The new lowered and slanted side window beltline increases the view outside the passenger side window, creating an overall 17% improvement in side-window visibility. There’s a lowered dash sightline as well.
 
For serviceability, both also have removable dash panels provide easy access to electrical and HVAC components. A new electrical system offers proven multiplex technology that simplifies wiring behind the dash and facilitates troubleshooting.  

The new Model 337 significantly expands Peterbilt’s medium-duty presence with a truck for pickup and delivery, beverage and food service vocations – in fact, for virtually any business. 
 
Like the 348 it gets the all-new driver display package, with an optional GPS system. Power windows, mirrors and lock switches are located in the new door pad design and you also get dual cup holders. The Model 337 also gets the same engine choices, including a hybrid electric configuration that’s said to offer fuel savings of up to 40%.

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