The Peterbilt 210 and 220 models are medium duty vehicles designed for the Class 6 and 7 markets. These trucks feature a cab over engine configuration which gives them a better maneuverability around city and more compact dimensions without sacrificing the payload and interior space.
Both models have received a series of style in 2012, but the engines specifications remained unchanged. The vehicles are available with several wheelbases to accommodate a variety of application requirements including pickup and delivery, wrecker and sweeper. The Model 210 and 220 complement Peterbilt’s broad lineup of medium duty vehicles which includes the conventional Model 325, 330, 337, and 348.
The Peterbilt 220 and 210 models are the US version of the European DAF LF and share the same exterior design. The new 2012 designs have paired a lightweight chassis and frame rail with a strategically positioned electrical system to optimize body installation and increase payload capacity.
The Peterbilt 210 is available as a Class 6 straight truck with GVW (gross vehicle weight) rated at 26,000 pounds. It features a tight turning radius for good maneuverability in difficult, confined spaces, and a wrap-around windshield together with extra large side windows. The Peterbilt 210 is recommended for bodies between 18 to 26 feet in length and can be configured for a non-CDL operation.
As a Class 7 vehicle, the Peterbilt 220 Model 220 provides a low chassis weight, perfect for high volume payloads. The front panel opens easy for quick access to the air filter, coolant, washer fluid, power-steering fluid, refrigerant and engine oil, while the ergonomically positioned doors open a wide 90 degrees. The Model 220 is recommended for bodies between 20 and 26 feet in length.
The overall design is pretty simple with a “V” shaped front grille and a rugged bumper made of a single piece of steel that was especially designed for maximum protection in arduous missions.
Access inside the cab is made easy, thanks to the wide opening doors and the anti slip steps. For enhanced practicality, the dashboard features a wrap-round design with ergonomically placed controls.
As most trucks in the segment, the plastics are a bit hard for our tastes, but luckily the fittings are pretty solid and seem lasting. Compared to the conventional cabs, the cab over engine configuration gives the passengers plenty of headroom, while the knee- and leg-room are also generous.
You won’t have any complains about the instrument cluster either, as it is easy to read and is fitted with big stylish gauges. The main gauges offer information on primary functions and there is also a central LCD display which presents only essential vehicle information such as trip duration, fuel consumption, average speed or PTO hours.
The overall atmosphere is pretty pleasant, thanks to the bright colors used for the dashboard and the generous glass area. On the other hand, the dash is a bit cluttered for our tastes and the steering wheel is too big to be called comfortable. Luckily, the steering wheel can be adjusted for both reach and rake, while the air suspended seats are also available with a wide range of useful adjustments which will enable you to find easy a comfortable driving position.
Another advantage of the cab over engine configuration is the excellent road visibility, given by the lack of nose and the high driving position. Moreover, the heated plate sized mirrors keep the blind spots to a minimum level and can be electronically adjusted.
Another strong point of the Peterbilt cabin is the abundance of storage places which can be found everywhere you look. There is plenty of space for documents in the door panels, central cup holders, flat over-head storage and two compartments in the header shelf complete with nets, while a cargo net is also located on the back wall.
Engines and transmissions
Both the 210 and 220 models are powered by the reliable, lightweight PACCAR PX-6 with horsepower ratings up to 250 and torque ratings up to 660 lbs-ft. Designed especially for medium duty trucks, the fuel-efficient PX-6 provides an in-line 6 cylinder devise with four valves per cylinder, a high pressure common rail fuel system and features the best power-to-weight ratio available in its class.
The Peterbilt 210 and 220 models utilize Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology and are 2010 emissions compliant.
The engines are mated on the tried and tested Allison 2100 Series automatic transmission which provides a smooth, comfortable ride while also helping to maintain the fuel consumption to a low level.
The Peterbilt 220 and 210 models can be also equipped with the optional Engine idle shutdown system which prevents unnecessary running of the engine while the vehicle is stationary and thus helping to save more fuel. The trucks are equipped with standard exhaust brake and cruise control, which are easy controlled by means of the steering wheel switches.
Ride and suspensions
The Peterbilt 220 and 210 models feature standard electronically controlled air suspensions. Thanks to this configuration the ride is pretty forgivable and you won’t be disturbed by the road bumps as they are soaked without too much drama. Moreover, thanks to the cab over axle configuration and the short turning radius, the truck manages to deal excellent with the congested situations and the narrow city streets. The truck’s steering copes well with almost anything you’ll request from it, while the air suspensions can deal effortlessly with huge payloads.
The stopping power is assured by all round ventilated disc brakes which are combined with the engine brake to reduce brake pad wear. For enhanced safety the brakes also come with standard ASR and ABS systems.
There aren’t many cab-over-engine configurations in the United States, as most of the trucks in the medium duty segment come with a conventional design. However, despite the fact that these models are pretty rare, they cope better with the needs of urban transportation and have a better maneuverability. The cabin is also pretty spacious and we like the ergonomic layout of the controls and switches. With the range of innovations made by Peterbilt in 2012, the 210 and 220 models became even more comfortable and efficient and this ads a lot to their value, as this is a highly competitive segment where every upgrade plays a major role, if it can cut come costs or increase the payload capacity.