This week during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, International Truck put on display major enhancements to their flagship LoneStar truck product line
. The truck has been redesigned and features a sharp, aerodynamic design and functional innovations inside and out. Just some of the innovations include all-new HVAC system, new single-canister aftertreatment system, new cab wiring, improved fuel efficiency, redesigned doors, side glass and cab mirrors for enhanced visibility, new instrument cluster, and much more. The LoneStar's standard engine is the Cummins X15, available with 400–605 hp and between 1,450–2,050 lb.-ft. of torque.
The LoneStar was engineered with the DriverFirst philosophy which actively asked for driver input on how to improve the interior design of our trucks to better meet the needs of drivers who spend countless hours in the driver seat and cab. As a result, the LoneStar features an all new ergonomically designed interior with new digital information display, a new integrated stalk shifter integrating transmission and engine brake functionality, durable and easy to clean soft touch vinyl interior, and stylish diamond interior is standard.
Drivers will notice that the doors, side glass and cab mirrors have all been redesigned to enhance visibility and ultimately helping to reduce neck strain and fatigue over the long haul.
Central to the advances of the International LoneStar are advanced driver assistance systems that support safety and efficiency goals and pave the way for additional customer-selected options. LoneStar comes with Bendix Wingman Advanced Collision Mitigation system standard and is also available with the optional Bendix Wingman Fusion. Additional safety features include improved side visibility and RollTek seats which all make the LoneStar one of the safest trucks on the road.
"Over the past decade drivers have come to love the iconic status of the LoneStar tractor's exterior styling and appearance with the distinctive grille and sloped hood that were inspired by International's D-Series trucks. Based on this feedback, we wanted to incorporate much of what we've recently learned from drivers and focus our engineering on an all new driver-centric interior while maintaining the iconic exterior look of the truck. As a result, we've made major improvements to the LoneStar in vehicle uptime performance and multiple new and improved features that enhance driver appeal."
- David Majors, vice president, Product Development, Navistar
The LoneStar was designed with the goal of best-in-class uptime with new features that improve reliability and serviceability, as well as functionality. Some innovations include:
- The new single-canister aftertreatment system is not just 60% smaller and 40% lighter, but is also simplified for quicker servicing.
- The cab wiring includes all-new harnessing and an in-cab power distribution module that is inside the truck, away from the elements.
- All key service points under the hood, inside the cab and around the vehicle are designed for easy access and servicing, and many components have been engineered with longer intervals between required maintenance.
- The all-new HVAC system delivers outstanding comfort and visibility. It is not only more robust and reliable, drivers will be impressed by the quick defrost functionality. During testing at a frigid 0°F, LoneStar's best-in-class MAX defrost cleared 100% of the windshield in under 30 minutes from start-up.
Fuel efficiency is increasingly important for truck owners and with the addition of the Cummins X15 engine, the contoured hood, fenders and new aerodynamic pedestal mirrors, the LoneStar is up to 3% more fuel efficient than the previous generation. The LoneStar is available in specialized ratings to dial in the ideal balance of performance and efficiency required for any on-highway operation.
LoneStar was engineered to make it easier to get maintenance and get back on the road fast. And when service is needed, count on an International dealer with expert technicians and an extensive parts inventory wherever a driver may be throughout North America.
Every LoneStar can be equipped as an option with OnCommand Connection, the company's leading-edge remote diagnostics system and Over-the-air (OTA) programming. OTA, available through the nine-pin International LINK device, enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate authorized engine programming at the customer's facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection. The service offers drivers and fleets an easy, secure means of updating engine control modules to reflect the latest manufacturer-approved calibrations, without the necessity of visiting a dealer or other service facility.
Bold Styling that Makes a Statement
The LoneStar is an 'advanced classic' that combines one of the most recognizable grille shapes in the trucking industry with classic exterior styling that gives owners and operators the flexibility to add lighting options to the large, chrome external air cleaners that are standard while also giving their truck a unique feel with optional full running light packages.
The company is taking orders today and will begin market availability of the trucks is December 2017.