Western Star's first truly aerodynamic truck, it gets the brand into the big league highway market, but also keeps a traditional look, and with many power, axle capacity and configuration options it is likely that there will be many interested operators.
The main feature, aside from the exterior styling is the Detroit Diesel Integrated drive train consisting of engine, transmission and axles - all from one manufacturer. You can't get any other manufacturer's engine - but it does come in DD13=470HP, DD15=550HP and DD16=600HP engines, with a variety of axle loading from 12-14,600lbs forward and single or tandem drive axles 23-46,000lbs. The drive train is promoted as superbly efficient and economical, and integrated for one stop service.
(Detroit Diesel and Western Star have been part of Daimler since 2000.)
There is also a whole variety of cab options from a 126"BBC day cab to sleeper options from 34", 40", 64", 68" and 82" with low, high and ultra-high roof configurations (the latter only on the 82" sleeper) on wheelbases up to 250".
The list of features such as automated clutch, ABS brakes, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation goes on and on.with numerous other weight saving and aerodynamic components. The cab is steel however and there is steel on the grille bumper and visor - not just chromed plastic.
When Western Star moved from Canada in 2002 it established its new plant in Portland Oregon, but this model and a few others, are built at another new plant, this one in Cleveland, North Carolina.
It is one sharp truck.