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Peterbilt introduced the all-new Model 220 to its medium-duty cab-over-engine lineup last year at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, the Peterbilt Model 220 has become known for its adaptability—making it a much-sought-after vehicle for urban applications. The Model 220’s tight turn radius allows it to tackle tight spaces and master difficult maneuvers. The truck offers driver comfort, entry safety features, and is designed for easy service. It’s ideal for pick-up and delivery, as well as beverage, refuse, roll-off, and landscaping applications and is available in a right-hand drive configuration for street sweepers and paint striper operations.


The cabs are designed for durability to withstand harsh, urban operating environments; the bumper is manufactured from galvanized steel, the addition of a radiator protection plate offers an added layer of defense, and the headlamps are protected by Lexan covering.
For improved visibility during adverse conditions, fog lamps have been integrated into the bumper. “Productivity and safety are two major areas of improvement. We’ve facilitated ease of entry and egress with doors that open a full 90 degrees and there’s ample courtesy lighting,” says Peterbilt chief engineer, Landon Sproull. According to Sproull, the remodeled cab allowed Peterbilt to integrate the new electronic braking system. “Braking performance is improved with faster response from the pedal to the brakes and drivers will appreciate the improved feel when braking.”
With an available bumper-to bumper length of up to 35 feet, the truck can be upfitted with 16- to 28-foot bodies. The Model 220 can be spec’d with a new clear frame rail package that provides up to 10 inches of additional frame rail space (versus the previous clear frame rail package). “This new option is ideal for customers in applications such as beverage delivery, street sweeping and striping, and refuse collection and packing,” says Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “The clear frame rail package optimizes chassis space to help accommodate installation of a wider range of work bodies. Additionally, this new configuration results in a 40 percent larger capacity DEF tank, improved visibility through the rear window, and greater ease of serviceability.”

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The spacious Model 220 interior features a wrap-around dash with 5-inch driver information display—offered in English, French, and Spanish language settings—, a multi-function steering wheel, and an easily accessible push-button style shifter. “The driver information center display in the Model 220 keeps operators abreast of all vital vehicle and engine functions,” says Sproull. “It also features advice for the operator on ways to improve in areas such as increasing fuel efficiency and reducing brake wear by modifying driving behavior.”
Featured Image: The Peterbilt Model 220, which can be spec’d as a class 6 or class 7, is adaptable for multiple applications.
Above: A new clear frame rail package option provides up to 10 inches of additional frame rail space.
Sproull adds: “Ergonomics were enhanced with easier-to-read instrumentation and all switches are grouped by function. Everything is within easy reach of the driver and the overall layout provides a logical, easy-to-operate environment.” An in-mold process embeds color directly into the dash for a long-lasting finish, virtually eliminating fading, scratching, and peeling.
The cab provides ample storage with compartments in the door panels, along the back wall, in the header, and on the dash. An optional feature is the spacious, lockable compartment with two integrated cup holders that fits along the engine tunnel area. Other interior features include: power windows, locks, and mirrors; air-ride driver’s seat; and air conditioning. It is also available with a passenger-side air-ride seat or fixed two-man bench to accommodate three people.
An expansive windshield gives drivers an unobstructed view of their surroundings, ideal for urban environments. Extra-large side windows and heated mirrors provide visibility when the weather is less than hospitable. Steps with non-slip treads make entering and exiting the cab safe and easy, whether conditions are wet or dry.


The 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine delivers impressive performance with available horsepower ratings from 200 to 260 and it offers up to 660 lb-ft of torque. Peterbilt says the engine minimizes operational costs and maximizes uptime for medium-duty customers. The PX-7 comes standard with a six-speed Allison 2000- or 3000-series 6-speed automatic transmission. StoryStopper-Icon


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