The Mack Anthem’s first outing at a truck show was at the recent Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Diesel News was there to see the new truck, to get a look and feel of the new model, before it heads over to Australia, some time soon.
There is also a new look bonnet with the new range, an angular 21st century look which appears quite good in photos, but looks great in the metal. It freshens up the look of the Mack truck without going too far away from the traditional tough stance the trucks have traditionally had.
However, the changes are a little more than skin-deep. The Anthem is the Mack truck coming bang up to date and offering all of the latest electronic safety technology. The only omission is the inclusion of air bags, although Mack are not alone among the North American truck makers in this.
One of the other major requirements for any Mack truck is for it to have the distinctive Mack ‘look’ and this model does. When the model was first unveiled, those reading the news and looking at the photos may well have thought the new truck looked a little clunky and not so stylish. Actually seeing the truck in the metal, on the Mack testing track in Pennsylvania and on the company’s stand at the Mid America Trucking Show changed that perspective. This is a good looking truck as well as being undeniably Mack.