International Truck has unveiled a newly refreshed medium-duty MV Series, for the first time in four model years.
When International debuted the MV Series in early 2018, it completed the company’s Project Horizon product refresh and brought driver comfort and fit and finish to Navistar‘s medium-duty segment. In re-tooling the MV Series, International focused on increasing maneuverability, visibility and safety with an extra splash of exterior styling – namely a restyled bumper and black molded-in-color grille with optional chrome surround.
When it first debuted, the Class 6/7 truck, which replaced the DuraStar, missed out on many of the aerodynamic refinements found on its Project Horizon-inspired siblings like the LT and RH series. This go-around, the MV Series gets an aerodynamic hood, which along with breakaway mirrors, provides improved visibility.
Debbie Shust, vice president of medium-duty truck, noted that while the MV Series was designed to look good, it was also designed to work hard and work safely, and Vice President of Marketing Diane Hames noted that the refresh after four model years was "an evolution, rather than a departure, from our existing strategy."
Several optional collision mitigation enhancements are also available including Bendix Wingman Fusion System technology with adaptive cruise, enhanced collision mitigation, multilane vehicle braking, stationary object alert, lane departure warning, and front radar and cameras. The Bendix BlindSpotter Collision Warning System is equipped with side object detection alert.
Built for upfit
The MV Series was also designed with upfitters in mind. A high-efficiency cooling module eliminates mega-brackets enabling integrated front frame extensions and an improved snowplow upfit offering. Smart chassis packaging changes allow for improved body integration and improved operating costs for a wide variety of applications.
The Diamond Logic electrical system comes standard, allowing for customized programming for driver and equipment protection, ease of body integration and greater uptime. Hundreds of off-the-shelf features exist today for improved safety, examples of which include: driver safety with the inclusion of pre-trip light inspection, safety on the jobsite with external regen warning, and equipment protection with hydraulic oil power take-off (PTO) shutdown and an outrigger stowed interlock.
Hood-mounted splash panels and on-engine air cleaner provide improved under-hood access while an optional under-hood work light is available for improved visibility during daily maintenance checks.
The MV Series offers two engine options – the Cummins B6.7 and L9 – with increased fuel efficiency as well as extended and aligned maintenance intervals. Corrosion protection is also improved with InterCoat ChemGuard standard on the cab floor as well as optional LINE-X offering for particularly tough environments.
The new MV Series is supported through OnCommand Connection, Navistar’s remote diagnostics system, offering the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of connected vehicle services. Customers have the option to receive real-time information to protect their assets through GPS and geofencing capabilities as well as easy-to-understand and actionable vehicle health reports.
The new MV Series includes the option for customers to add International 360 – the service communications platform that makes it easier than ever to seamlessly communicate with the International service network and streamline the repair process.