Mack Trucks launches its next-generation highway hero

Sep 15, 2017   Supply Chain

Mack Trucks has introduced its new, next-generation heavy truck, the Mack Anthem, during the Mack Global Dealer Summit in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Aerodynamic improvements and LED lighting

Mack has said that the Anthem's new aerodynamic enhancements improve fuel efficiency by up to 3%. In addition to a new hood and grille, Mack engineers redesigned the roof and chassis fairings, mirror covers, and front bumper and air dam to more easily cut through the wind.

The Anthem's redesigned hood and bumper both feature three-piece construction for improved serviceability in the event of damage. A new hood latch and release system also saves drivers' time during pre-trip inspections. A central latch release below the grille eliminates the need for drivers to walk from side to side to tilt the hood. The hood also requires 50% less effort to raise than before.

All exterior lighting on the Anthem is now exclusively LED; the change to LED is most noticeable on the Anthem's headlights, which are 66% brighter than today's bulb. The new LED headlights improve night-time safety by casting a wider beam down the road and producing a whiter light to better illuminate objects.

Designed for the driver

The Mack Anthem features an all-new driving environment that incorporates driver feedback for improved functionality, ergonomics and convenience. Gauges on the instrument panel have been positioned higher for better driver visibility, while HVAC controls and the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission (AMT) shift pad have been relocated closer to the driver's fingertips.

Mack's Co-Pilot display has been updated with a new 5-inch, full-color screen for improved visibility and more intuitive navigation. Co-Pilot provides drivers with a convenient way to monitor vehicle information, including engine and oil temperatures, trip odometers, aftertreatment status, tire pressures and more. A Pre-Trip Assistant guides drivers through inspection points and includes a single person exterior light inspection mode.

Anthem models are available with a new information and entertainment option featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display giving drivers safe access to Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, weather band radio and TomTom truck navigation. The display is also compatible with third-party back-up camera systems.

Proven Mack power

The Anthem is available with the 13-litre Mack MP8 engine producing up to 505 horsepower and 1,860 lb.-ft. of torque depending on spec. Several enhancements to improve efficiency and productivity are included, such as a patented wave piston design that enables more complete fuel combustion and a common-rail fuel system to more accurately control fuel injection.

The 11-liter Mack MP7 is also available as an option on the Anthem. With up to 425 horsepower and 1,560 lb.-ft. of torque, the MP7 gives customers a powerful choice for weight-conscious applications.

Both engines share a number of additional enhancements to improve serviceability and reduce maintenance needs, including a two-piece valve cover, shimless rockers and a low-pressure fuel system with an enhanced, integrated aftertreatment dosing module. An updated, double-walled EGR flow sensor helps reduce condensation and soot buildup in cold weather, while a new intake throttle enables a faster warmup when the engine is started.

Available exclusively with SuperEconodyne is the Mack MP8-TC engine. Featuring turbo compounding, the Mack MP8-TC captures and converts waste energy from the exhaust into mechanical energy that is fed back to the engine. The turbo compounding system feeds up to 50 additional horsepower back to the crankshaft, enabling additional performance while improving fuel efficiency.

Combined with the Anthem's aerodynamic improvements, the Mack MP8-TC engines provide up to an 11.8% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with a baseline from previous Mack models equipped with GHG2014 engines.

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