Mack Trucks announced several new enhancements to its Granite MHD model, increasing its versatility and enabling additional cost-effective choices for customers demanding a durable but lighter work truck. Mack made the announcement during the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
The options include an additional horsepower rating, a new under-frame exhaust system, a shorter wheelbase 4x2 version, and a tractor configuration.
“Vocational customers have a wide variety of needs,” said Tim Wrinkle, Mack’s construction product manager. “Some require lighter weight options but still need their trucks to meet the difficult demands of the application. The MHD model delivers both without compromise.”
The MHD, for medium heavy duty, equipped with the 8.9-liter Cummins L9 diesel, can now be ordered with a lower rating of 330 horsepower and 1,000 ft.-lb. of torque. The lower rating offers the possibility of greater fuel economy and faster return on investment. The current rating is 350 horsepower and 1,150 lb-ft.
A new under-frame exhaust allows more options for body adaptation, such as for flatbeds, tankers, vans, cranes and certain municipal applications.
The MHD can be spec’d as a Class 7 or Class 8 vehicle, is offered in either an axle back or axle forward configuration, and is available as a 4x2 or 6x4, offering customers the flexibility to choose between a heavy-duty and a lighter-weight medium-duty option.
A shorter wheelbase is also now available for the MHD model in the 4x2 configuration, ideal for the 10-foot dump body commonly used in municipal applications.
Mack MHD can be ordered with a lower , possibly more economical rating for its Cummins L9 diesel, 330 hp and 1,000 lb-ft., vs. the current 350 hp and 1,150 lb-ft.