Peterbilt Motors Company unveiled its all-new vocational Model 567 during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Model 567 is the result of the most extensive product research and development in Peterbilt’s legendary line-up of vocational vehicles and sets the standard for quality, innovation, and reliability for the vocational market.
Maximum forward visibility is achieved through a panoramic windshield that features integrated locaters in the cab structure to allow for high-quality and time-efficient field repairs. A-pillars utilize strategically placed supports for added strength, allowing them to be 13% narrower than other designs, further enhancing visibility.“Visibility of traffic, construction and pedestrians is critical on today’s jobsites,” said Sproull. “Our design team evaluated real-world scenarios during day time and nighttime situations to optimize the visibility for the operator.” Designed for the Job The Model 567 is designed with the versatility necessary for vocational trucks which are often required to perform highly specialized jobs. The 567 is available in two BBC configurations – the 121-inch and 115-inch – in a day cab or with a selection of detachable sleeper configurations. Three sleeper sizes – 44”, 70” and 80” – all provide an inviting living space. The large sleeper opening gives the feel of an integrated sleeper design while maintaining the resale-enhancing detachable sleeper construction. The 567 can be spec’d with a wide variety of heavy-duty components and in a number of configurations for increased payloads and optimized weight distribution. The 567 is available in a set-back front axle configuration for increased maneuverability in congested worksites and with steer axle ratings up to 22,000 lbs. An angled steering gear installation further improves maneuverability by increasing wheel cut by up to 9 degrees over other designs, reducing curb-to-curb turning diameter by up to 9 feet. “Our optimized steering geometry reduces bump steer by up to 25 percent,” said Sproull. “This minimizes steering wheel feedback over rough, uneven surfaces, minimizing driver fatigue.” The 567 is also available with single, tandem or tridem drive axles and a variety of lift axles. Optimized Chassis Design The 567 features a chassis design that reduces weight for increased payload capacity, improves stiffness for an exceptional driving experience and improves maneuverability for operating in congested worksites. In addition, the chassis is 10 to 15 percent stiffer than comparable products improving ride and handling while reducing in-cab noise.
The chassis was also designed to consider the needs of service technicians and body manufacturers. Chassis system routing improvements include new air and fuel hard lines and the separation of key air, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid and electrical systems routings which significantly simplifies service, repair and body installation.The Model 567 is standard with front Air Disc Brakes, providing excellent straight-line braking stability and significantly increasing brake maintenance intervals. Complementing Air Disc Brakes, the standard Electronic Stability Control System provides added stability and traction by applying the brakes when excessive wheel slip or a critical stability threshold is detected. Ergonomic, Comfortable Interior The Model 567’s interior combines ruggedness and durability with comfort and performance for the vocational market. The new interior begins with a 2.1 meter-wide cab that is spacious, provides a quiet, ergonomic environment that reduces driver fatigue and improves efficiency. “A key consideration of the Model 567 design process is the driver-centric, roomy cab and sleeper environment,” said Sproull. “During our research and planning, we interviewed and surveyed hundreds of drivers about their preferences to ensure the 567 cab would provide operators with the most productive and comfortable operating environment.” The Model 567 is available in Peterbilt’s Platinum and Prestige trim levels. The Prestige interior is made with durable materials that are easy to clean and show fewer scratches and scuffs. The Platinum features woodgrain highlights throughout the cab and sleeper. The available interior colors are Titanium Gray and Buckskin Tan. The new gauge panel is easy to read, completely visible through the steering wheel, and provides critical and functional information to the driver. The Model 567 also features a 5-inch color Driver Information Display. The display features important information including an engine-RPM sweet-spot indicator to help drivers maximize fuel economy. A secondary panel can house up to six optional gauges or, when specified, Peterbilt’s SmartNav TM audio and navigation system. The Model 567 dash brow is sculpted and positioned for excellent forward visibility. The dash top is made from a soft, durable material and includes an integrated tray for quick access to often-used items. All other dash shell and kick panels, along with the steering column shroud, use molded-in-color parts to minimize scratching and marring.
All controls and switches are placed within easy reach to minimize driver distraction. Switches are backlit for enhanced nighttime visibility. LED lighting throughout the cab provides a contemporary look and bulb life is 10 times greater than incandescent lighting and significantly lowers power consumption.“The 567 is designed with an efficient hanging pedal design with floor-mounted feel and actuation,” Sproull explained. “This design provides a more comfortable driving position and less fatigue, which makes a safer driver. Pedal position preferences, pedal effort requirements, and driver safety and comfort have all been accommodated in this pedal package.” The Model 567 will have two steering wheel options. The Standard wheel is an 18-inch soft-touch, four-spoke wheel and the Premium wheel is leather-wrapped and features wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons. Both steering wheels feature tilt and telescoping capabilities through an easy-to-use, column-mounted lever. Designed for Serviceability The new Model 567 was designed to provide ease of serviceability and improve vehicle uptime. The electrical system features angled dress covers providing added protection for electrical connections and several routing troughs have been incorporated to define harness placements and ensure reliability. The Model 567 features Electric-over-Air rocker switches, enabling valuable electronic interlocks. This technology removes complex air plumbing from the dash, and provides fleet owners and drivers with the peace-of-mind that critical components will not be damaged due to driver oversight. The durable Metton ® hood opens a full 90 degrees for easier access to key service points so technicians can reach the cab electrical and air connections, air intake filter, A/C service ports, and cab fresh air filter, which are all firewall mounted for convenient access. Powered by Quality The 567 is available with the new PACCAR MX-13 engine, which features proven technologies and state-of-the-art innovations that improve fuel economy. Power offerings are expanded with the addition of a 500 horsepower rating with 1,850 lb-ft of torque. The new PACCAR MX-13 engine’s common rail system maintains injection pressures of 2,500 bar, which helps achieve the lowest possible fuel consumption, emission and noise levels. The MX-13 provides longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and higher resale value.
The 567 is also available with the Cummins ISX15, proving up to 600hp for heavy haul applications.“We are proud that the Model 567 joins Peterbilt’s vocational product lineup with its long history of quality, innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Kozek. “The inherent design features contribute to a durable and reliable product backed by the strength of the Peterbilt dealer network.” About Peterbilt Motors Company Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry. Through its 270-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com. Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.