Cat purrs into new era

EFFICIENT: The Cat CT630S has the best in class fuel economy .

CAT Trucks Australia introduced a versatile short-bonnet conventional prime mover, the Cat CT630S, at the Melbourne Truck Show. The truck is available for delivery in the fourth quarter of this year.

"The Australian market has been calling for a short bonnet conventional truck, and Caterpillar has listened to its customers," said Bill Fulton, managing director of Cat trucks in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are now offering a powerful, practical vehicle, the Cat CT630S, which has been developed for the Australian market and designed to meet the demands of the Australian road environment."

The Cat CT630S is a light tare weight vehicle (one of the lightest in its class) and one of the shortest conventional cab trucks in the market to use a 15 litre engine. Its shorter bonnet enables the Cat CT630S to operate comfortably in B-double/34 pallet operations, with superb visibility and dynamic handling. The aerodynamics of its integrated cab also provides linehaul and road train consumers with improved fuel efficiency, making the CT630S ideal for fleets and interstate trucking. Like other Cat trucks, the CT630S represents the only brand of truck on the market featuring the world renowned Cat engine. Its Cat C15 engine delivers up to 550 horsepower and 1850 lb/ft torque. The engine is offered in an ADR 80/03 compliant option, which uses dual horizontal DPFs to eliminate the need for EGR or SCR for emissions compliance. As a

result, fuel efficiency remains essentially the same, as it would be in an equivalent ADR 80/02 compliant vehicle. The CT630S will come with a standard four year, 800,000 km driveline coverage.

Sleeper cab and day cab versions

THE CT630S is available in two versions: a sleeper cab with BBC measurement of 138" (3515 mm), and a day cab with BBC measurement of 112" (2855 mm). Both versions utilise a conventional hood design for improved fuel efficiency and ease of access. The high mount cab also provides increased under-cab airflow. Cab strength is compliant with ECE R-29, with three point cab mount and rear air cab suspension providing improved stability and comfort.

The sleeper cab version of the CT630S features an aerodynamic, integrated sleeper cabin, with a comfortable mattress (1850 mm x 660 mm) for sleeping and resting. The cabin also features an under-bunk storage allowance and side vent windows give added ventilation and comfort. The fully integrated and factory engineered sleeper cabin, through its structural integrity, not only offers the driver greater levels of comfort, but also offers the operator a truck which will stand up to the tough task of transport in Australia.

Jeff Tyzack, general manager of sales and marketing for Cat Trucks in Australia, has been impressed with the quality build and local engineering input that has gone into designing a truck suitable for the Australian terrain.

"We are excited to be able to offer a bonneted truck, which will fit into b-double/34 pallet applications and continue to deliver best in class fuel economy renowned from the Cat engine and aerodynamic cab," said Mr Tyzack.

Both versions feature a robust chassis frame that measures 260mm x 92mm x 9.5mm, with an insert over the tandem axle and an upper frame tie for the high mounted cabin. The vehicle has a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of up to 90,000kg.

Enhanced functionality

THE CT630S comes equipped with the latest highly durable and functional technology, including:

Updated Meritor RT46-160 rear axles, fitted with traction control. A differential lock is standard on the RR axle, as are alloy hubs, while differential locks on both axles are offered as an option;

An Eaton RTLO20918B manual transmission comes standard, with an optional Eaton UltraShift Plus Transmission;

LED headlights come standard and provide improved vision and longer life; and

Parabolic front spring suspension.

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