International Truck’s new MV Series medium-duty truck completes the company’s Project Horizon refresh of its product portfolio.
The MV Series, which was introduced earlier this year, reflects the Project Horizon initiative’s improved cab design, along with the same driver-centric enhancements already introduced in Class 8 vehicles.
“Project Horizon was focused on delivering new levels of efficiency to customers, creating unparallelled driver satisfaction and leveraging the smartest technologies available,” said Michael Cancelliere, president of Truck and Parts. “The MV Series delivers on those promises by combining uncompromising reliability with enhanced productivity for the driver, maintainer and upfitter.”
The MV Series was designed with the goal of delivering a truck that is easily configurable. The redesigned features include new cab doors with a lower bottom glass edge and removed vent window. This gives the driver a single large piece of glass to look through, which improves side visibility and reduces blind spots. By reshaping the doors and side glass, the position of the optional pedestal mirrors is optimized, allowing drivers to turn their heads less and keep their eyes on the road while reducing neck strain.
As well, a new premium gauge cluster, with a digital driver display, was added to provide real-time monitoring of vehicle operation and other important alerts in clear sight. The new display also offers up to 15 customizable digital gauges.
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The instrument panel features a customizable digital display suitable for any medium-duty application. The flat-panel dash contains space for up to 30 customizable switches providing functionality for any type of body mounted on the back.
Next, a column-mounted stalk shifter is integrated to help keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The new stalk shifter placement and the lower instrument panel design improves leg room for the driver, particularly at the knee.
The MV Series is also equipped with a new HVAC system, designed to improve reliability, which includes a high-performance defrost feature. The MV Series also includes an additional vent to help keep the middle front passenger comfortable.
“The new International MV Series reflects our vision for the future of commercial vehicles with a host of advancements that support improved driver safety and productivity,” said Jeff Sass, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We challenged ourselves to make the best even better and this new vehicle was designed to provide the best driver environment in the industry and we exceeded all of our targets.”
To further improve driver productivity and safety, the MV Series features Diamond Logic, an advanced electrical system that streamlines chassis and body equipment integration and allows customers to program automated tasks.
Equipped with the Diamond Logic electrical system, the MV Series offers nearly 200 factory available body options and driver efficiency features, plus the ability to customize an infinite number of vehicle functions.
“Our Diamond Logic electrical system is known for its ability to provide control and communication between trucks and body equipment,” Sass said. “We were a pioneer in custom programmable chassis electronics and multiplexing and we continue to partner with end users and body builders to further increase productivity and make it easy to integrate with our system.”
Like all International models, the MV Series is managed digitally through the OnCommand Connection platform, which features the company’s Advanced Remote Diagnostics system designed to enhance fleet efficiency, as well as Over-The-Air (OTA) programming through the nine-pin OnCommand LINK device. This enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate authorized engine programming at the customer’s facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection.
Fit for upfitted
The MV Series is available in a variety of specifications, including regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. It is available with the choice of either the Cummins B6.7 or L9 engine. The standard transmission on the MV Series is the Allison 1000 HS automatic, with Allison FuelSense 2.0 and DynActive Shifting as an available option that features a patented torque converter to provide variable shift points based on vehicle configuration operating conditions.
“As a result of customer and truck equipment manufacturer feedback during the design process, we have designed the MV Series to seamlessly integrate with any body solution,” Sass said.
“This truck can be easily configurable for any application.”