NatRoad would like to congratulate Kenworth on the successful launch of it’s Next Level K220 on Friday June 3rd in Brisbane to a crowd of dealers, customers, and industry partners.
Director Sales and Marketing, Brad May says “The K220 celebrates Australian
ingenuity to engineer a uniquely Australian product to optimise the capability of both
owners and drivers to prosper in what is surely the world’s toughest but most
productive transport industry”.
Brad continued, “It is a development path that has been forged by an amazing
collaboration between Australian transport operators and a dedicated and determined
local development team that has spanned more than five decades. Nowhere in the
world does such a close relationship exist between those who use the product and
those who design it”.
Beginning in late 2018, the project was driven by high levels of customer and driver
input. “We consider this to be a pivotal part of our development program. Only then
can we ensure that we’re giving operators exactly what they need,” said Ross
Cureton, Director of Product Planning.
“Although the K200 has benefited from many years of refinement, customers were
able to give us several areas for product improvement”, said Noelle Parlier, Chief
Engineer. “It became apparent that our focus should be applied to providing greater
driver comfort and technology integration for a more productive ownership
With its streamlined, purposeful contours, the Kenworth K220 is reassuringly familiar.
The K220 has new LED headlamps with integrated indicators and daytime running
lights (DRL) that can be paired with bright look bezels to give the K220 exceptional on
The new grille works with a more efficient fan to deliver optimised cooling system
performance and efficiency.
The new wheel well shield protects the engine bay and critical electrical systems from
road spray and debris.
The most significant exterior change is the new wind cheating roof profile.
Shaped with the aid of computational fluid dynamics, the new roof profile improves
aerodynamic efficiency by 4%, keeping more money in the owner’s pocket.
Immediately noticeable is the absence of the trademark vista windows. Inspired by the
success of this change on the T610, this allows for improved sleeper insulation and a
more easily maintained cabin temperature.
The new roof profile increases headroom and provides greater overhead storage
space, which is now triple the size. The new climate-controlled HVAC system provides
significantly improved performance, to vastly enhance interior comfort in any weather.
The K220 picks up where the K200 left off and remains the most versatile truck on
Australian roads. Starting nominally at 97t GCM and available up to 250t GCM and
beyond, through application approval, the major configurations available are as
8×4 10×4 tandem with lazy axle
8×4 tandem with lazy axle 10×6
The interior boasts a new 15-inch high-definition instrument panel. Intuitive and easy
to read, this new digital instrumentation helps reduce distraction by allowing the driver
to control how much information is shown when operating the truck. This can be
customised from driver to driver and trip to trip.
The instrument panel will display critical content to alert the driver of all necessary
information, constantly monitoring critical vehicle parameters, and displaying them to
the driver as required. This includes early intervention warnings for the driver, allowing
them to respond quickly.
At the start of the working day with a simple press of a button, the K220 will perform a
comprehensive Systems Check. Likewise, at the end of the day upon shutting down,
it will display a detailed trip and vehicle summary. This includes statistics like, average
fuel economy, idle time, cruise control usage as well as any potential mechanical
Driver distraction may be minimised by a new and improved SmartWheel and stalk
mounted controls. This enhances fingertip control of an expanded range of vehicle
functions and settings.
The new 8-inch Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) unit provides easy access display with
intuitive controls for truck navigation, the audio system, and smartphone mirroring.
The AVN can be intelligently integrated with up to six external cameras giving drivers
full visibility of what is happening around the vehicle.
To further help drivers remain focused on the road, the AVN is integrated with the
steering wheel controls and the driver’s phone can be stored safely on either the
charging pad, or in one of the convenient storage pockets in the new dash.
Every K220 is equipped with PACCAR’s proprietary telematics solution, PACCAR
Connect. It offers live tracking and monitoring of the vehicle, driver, and fleet
performance. Fully customisable dashboards and reports are in easy-to-read formats.
The provision of such a powerful and analytic tool supports owners to continually
measure and identify potential vehicle performance improvements.
Moving through the cab, clever storage and meticulously considered switchgear that
falls right to hand, illustrate the detail with which the interior ergonomics have been
reviewed and refined.
The interior is more spacious and quieter than ever. More space in the footwell,
achieved by moving pedals further forward, combined with a greater range of seat
movement, offers drivers more legroom.
Featuring high quality soft plush upholstery in the traditional studded pattern, trim
colours have been updated and brought in line with the contemporary range available
in the Kenworth 2.1m cab range.
Both 2.3m and 2.8m sleeper cabs offer a comprehensive range of sleeper storage and
Available cab options are as follows:
1.7m Day Cab 2.3m Aerodynamic roof sleeper
2.3m Flat roof sleeper 2.8m Aerodynamic roof sleeper
All cab options are available with side extenders. The 2.3m and 2.8m Aerodynamic
versions are available with roof fairings.
Engine and Transmission
Optimised for the Cummins X15 Euro 6 and Euro 5 engines, the K220 can be coupled
with a manual or the all-new 18-speed Endurant XD Pro™ automated transmission.
The Endurant XD Pro™ delivers the right mix of hardware and intelligence to give
drivers more confidence in the most challenging applications.
The Endurant XD Pro™ utilises Eaton’s Extreme Duty clutches, which feature robust
components designed for increased durability, improved noise and vibration, in
addition to higher thermal capacity for enhanced low-speed manoeuvrability. All whilst
being lighter, smoother, and engineered to reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
Contributing to improved safety for drivers and other road users, the K220 has the
largest range of active and passive safety options ever offered by Kenworth Australia,
adding multi-lane Autonomous Emergency Braking and stop-and-go functionality to a
growing list of systems.
With more space and freedom to move, a quieter cabin, more than 60% increased
airflow from the new climate control system, as well as a 2.8m King single bed
combined with more storage options than ever before, drivers can arrive at journey’s
end feeling less fatigued.
The story doesn’t end there. Such is the depth of the development process that there
are so many more subtle but effective enhancements that owners will best appreciate
once they get hands on with the product and experience it for themselves. To provide
this opportunity, Kenworth Dealers are hosting local launch events across the country
in the coming months.
Building on our trusted legacy, inspired by the capability of proven technology, the
Kenworth K220, takes everything to the next level.
Kenworth trucks are designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia by PACCAR
Australia, to meet the world’s toughest applications throughout Australia, New Zealand
and Papua New Guinea. Kenworth is the market leader in heavy-duty trucks in
Australia and New Zealand.
PACCAR Australia, a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc., comprises of Kenworth Trucks, DAF
Trucks, PACCAR Parts, PACCAR Financial and PacLease.
PACCAR Inc. is a Six Sigma company, and is a global technology leader in the
design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium and heavyduty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brands. PACCAR also designs and
manufactures advanced powertrains, provides financial services and information
technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.