Western Star introduces all-new 47X

In News, Western Star2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 24, 2021

Western Star has introduced the newest addition to its purpose-built vocational line-up, the all-new Western Star 47X. 

The truck complements the Western Star 49X to establish the Western Star X-Series and extend the platform’s reach into entirely new vocational applications. 

Penske New Zealand has not confirmed exactly when the 47X will arrive in New Zealand, but it will follow the arrival of the new 49X, planned for end 2022/early 2023.

As the official distributor of Western Star Trucks across Australia and New Zealand, Penske says it is working closely with DTNA in the adaptation of the new X-Series to local on- and off-highway markets.  

With a standard 2834mm BBC, the 47X is well suited to regions or applications that require a shorter overall vehicle length, such as drywall trucks. For those that need to meet federal or local bridge law requirements, such as mixers or super dumps, there is an optional 2814mm BBC. With the shorter hood and a wheel cut up to 50 degrees, the 47X further optimises manoeuvrability for work on construction sites or operation in congested urban environments.

“With the 47X and the 49X, we can offer our vocational customers different options that will give them the right tool for their specific job needs,” said David Carson, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Daimler Trucks North America. “The vocational segment is a broad segment, covering many different applications, and our Western Star X-Series reflects that reality.”

“It’s very exciting to see the 47X unveiled in the United States following on from the launch of the 49X last year,” said Craig Lee, general manager – on-highway, Penske Australia. 

“We are thrilled to be launching the new Western Star range in late 2022 in Australia, and shortly after that in New Zealand,” he said.

“Our local teams here in Australia and New Zealand have worked closely with the Western Star team in the US on the development of the new trucks to tailor them for our local markets in both Australia and New Zealand and will continue to do so.”