The new Mack Anthem coming to Australia will be using the new platform released into the US market last year as a basis for new models to be developed. The Mack Anthem has now go into production in Mack’s plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the US market.
This week, Diesel News got a chance to drive the new US models at the company’s test track in the US. This represents a step change for the US truck maker and not only changes the outward appearance of the Mack brand, but also brings all of the latest technologies used by the newest truck designs into a Mack for the first time.
Mack in Australia looks set to introduce new models using the new vehicle architecture and picking up the new angular look on the Anthem, as well as bringing the Anthem name to some Mack models to be made in Australia.
Precise specifications and details of the new trucks is yet to be finalised, The distinctive angular fuel saving bonnet is bound to be a signature of the new model. The sharp interior design with a more modern looking dash, larger colour screen, improved switching and distinctive flat-bottomed steering are all very likely to get a guernsey.
The latest electronic systems bringing concepts like predictive cruise control and other smarts are also going to become available to the Australian Mack buyer, as the Volvo Group extends the availability of these kinds of technology across its brands.
Mack Anthem saw the company’s highway and vocational truck range in North America re-engineered, redesigned and bringing the latest in new technologies to the Bulldog brand. The distinctive new look is claimed to improve aerodynamics to get a three per cent reduction in fuel consumption.
In addition to a new bonnet and grille, Mack engineers redesigned the roof and chassis fairings, mirror covers, and front bumper and air dam to more easily cut through the wind.
Gauges on the instrument panel have been positioned higher for better driver visibility, the new steering wheel contains illuminated controls for cruise control, Bluetooth and the audio system and behind the steering wheel, Mack’s Co-Pilot display has been updated with a new full-colour screen for improved visibility and more intuitive navigation.
“Every detail on the Anthem was designed with purpose,” said Jonathan Randall, SVP Sales, Mack Trucks North America, at the launch last year. “We surveyed thousands of drivers and incorporated their feedback to deliver a functional, strong, efficient highway truck with an authentic design unlike anything on the road today.”