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June 29, 2018 3:30 PM, EDT
Kenworth Makes Bendix Brakes, Predictive Cruise Control Standard on T680
Kenworth T680 A Kenworth T680 at a trucking trade show this year. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Kenworth Truck Co. announced two features are now standard on its flagship T680 on-highway truck.

Bendix ADB22X front and rear air disc brakes are now standard equipment. The Bendix brand front air disc brakes had been standard on the vehicles for several years, and now the rear disc brakes are being added.

Bendix says the ADB22X air disc brakes offer superior braking performance, shorter stopping distances and enhanced safety along with lighter weight and lower maintenance costs. Bendix also says the design of these brakes reduces brake fade with no degradation of stopping power.

Kenworth, a unit of Paccar Inc., also announced that beginning July 1, its Predictive Cruise Control system becomes standard on the T680.

The company said its predictive cruise control system will combine GPS with cruise control to deliver enhanced fuel economy, by using topographical GPS data inputs to enhance the vehicle’s performance. For example, as the truck climbs and reaches the peak of a hill, the system will modulate the cruising speed to optimize the vehicle’s fuel economy as the truck is now using momentum instead of fuel to maintain the set cruise speed.

“The T680 equipped with Kenworth Predictive Cruise Control system provides opportunities for increased drivability and fuel economy through the fine-tuning of the engine’s modulation of speed and torque over a variety of actual driving conditions,” Kenworth Marketing Director Kurt Swihart said.