Peterbilt Motors Company announced the addition of a mid-length BBC configuration to the all-new Model 579 product line up. The new lightweight 117-inch BBC design offers excellent maneuverability and outstanding visibility while maintaining the Model 579’s exceptional aerodynamic characteristics.
Peterbilt Introduces 117" BBC for Model 579 (Photo: Business Wire)
“The Model 579 improves customers’ bottom lines through higher reliability, better fuel economy, increased driver retention, and enhanced resale value,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. “The new mid-length BBC Model 579 configuration offers additional weight reduction and performance advantages with the standard PACCAR MX-13 engine as the perfect powertrain complement. This combination of performance attributes optimizes the vehicle for weight sensitive customers, such as regional and bulk haul applications.” The new mid-length Model 579 can be configured as a day cab or with the full range of detachable Peterbilt sleepers. The 117” BBC hood features a durable, low-cost-of-repair 3-piece design. In addition, the signature Peterbilt stainless steel grille and chromed surround not only provide long-lasting appearance, but is designed to protect the cooling module from road debris. The 117” BBC hood is dramatically sloped for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, and when combined with the 579’s panoramic-style windshield, offers exceptional forward visibility. Also, the set-back front axle position optimizes weight distribution and provides excellent maneuverability in congested environments. “The turning radius and the ride and handling characteristics of the 117” BBC Model 579 provide increased efficiency and performance,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “It is a truly flexible platform that is comfortable and efficient on the road, yet durable and effective in the most demanding markets.” The 117-inch BBC Model 579 will be available with the 2013 PACCAR MX-13 engine June 2013.