Navistar presented the new International Loadstar vocational vehicle at the Mid-America Trucking Showing in Louisville, Kentucky. With generous GVWR (gross vehicle weight ratings) which range from 37,000 – 66,000 lbs the new International LoadStar is a severe service low cab forward work truck designed to satisfy needs like the waste, concrete pumping and airplane refueling markets.
The truck comes in numerous wheelbase options ranging from 148” - 270” and is available with either 4x2 or 6x4 axle configurations. Its power comes from the MaxxForce range of engines which feature CleanBurn Emissions Technology and will also be available with optional natural gas version from early 2013. The International LoadStar will be available for orders in October 2012 through International dealers in the United States and Canada.
The Loadstar features a rugged and utilitarian design with a cab forward configuration and boasts the signature appearance and design of the International Truck brand. Thanks to the cab forward design, the truck will have a better steering than the conventional cab models and it will be easier to maneuver around the narrow city streets.
The cabin design is pretty simple and doesn’t feature any modern lines to make is stand out from the crowd. The front shiny grille features a hexagonal shape which is split in two equal sections. The upper section received a bunch of vertical stripes while the lower part is traversed by a central horizontal bar.
The headlights are also pretty rudimentary and feature a rectangular shape that copes well with the utilitarian character of the truck. We like the metallic bumper which is strongly build and underlines the purposeful appearance of Loadstar.
Viewed from the side the truck features an attractive raked windshield, while the door windows received a sloped bottom line to enhance the lateral road visibility.
Moreover, the International LoadStar is fitted with industry’s first stainless steel cab-over design, creating a high-strength, long-lasting and corrosion-resistant cab. The vehicle is fitted with variable depth frame rails designed for vocational usage offering higher durability.
Access inside is made very easy thanks to the wide 90 degree door openings and an easy 18 inch first step height. The cabin offers plenty of space and the seats come with a wide range of adjustment for increased comfort (10" fore/aft and 6.5" up/down seat travel). Besides the comfortable seats the truck is also fitted with a tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel which permit you to find a good driving position. Along with the increased seat and steering wheel movement, International has also adjusted the joystick placement to make it more ergonomic and to offer a customizable work environment.
Thanks to the generous windshield and the plate sized door mirrors, the all round visibility is top notch and you won’t have any complains about the controls layout either, as they are pretty intuitively placed and within easy reach.
Needless to say that there are plenty of storage places available so you can keep you things without problems.
The International LoadStar features Navistar’s Diamond Logic system, which helps decrease downtime and improves productivity by enabling control of and communication between vehicle components and body equipment. This system increases safety and optimizes maintenance.
Engines and transmissions
The truck is offered with 10, 11 or 13L MaxxForce engines and the Cummins Westport ISL-G compressed natural gas engine which will become available from spring 2013. Combined with MaxxForce CleanBurn Emissions Technology, the only no-hassle emissions solution, drivers get a versatile truck without the burden of liquid urea or extra weight.
The MaxxForce engines offer a full range of automatic and manual driveline options and thousands of potential build configurations to serve the broadest range of on-highway applications. The Big Bore engines cope great with the arduous missions of the truck, and deliver outstanding fuel economy, strong power characteristics and high strength without added weight.
The truck is fitted with a 60-100 Gallon, either a non-polished or polished aluminum fuel tank mounted behind front axle right or left side for easy aces.
The engines are mated to the tried and tested Allison 3000, 4000, 4500 Series (RDS) Automatic transmissions which are also used with success by other commercial vehicles.
The stopping power is assured by air drum brakes with ABS. For enhanced performances, the truck is also available with optional Traction Control. This system is a secondary function of the anti-lock braking system (ABS), designed to prevent loss of traction of driven road wheels.
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Ride and suspensions
At the front, the International Load star is available with taper Leaf (16,000 - 20,000 lbs.), multileaf ( 16,000 - 20,000 lbs.) or multi-stage( 20,000 lbs.) suspensions, while the Hendrickson tandem rear suspensions can deal with payloads between 40,000 -65,000 lbs. For the rear there are also available Chalmers suspensions with a maximum capacity between 40,000-52,000 lbs.
As most trucks in the vocational segment, you shouldn’t expect to a comfortable ride, as the suspension configuration sacrifice the comfort for utility and its designed to be stiff in order keep huge payloads in check. This translates into a very pretty harsh ride that transfers every road pothole directly in you spine.
The power steering however should be pretty accurate and its light nature combined with the 40 degree wheel cuts, will give the Loadstar good maneuverability around city.
The new International Loadstar should prove to be a very capable vehicle and thanks to its wide range of wheelbases and engines it is also pretty versatile. The cab forward configuration and the short wheel cuts give it a good maneuverability around city.
Moreover, the MaxxForce engines have already proven their performances in other Navistar trucks, while the Allison transmissions won’t have any big issues either. The cabin however could’ve been more comfortable.