The Mack® Granite® model featuring an all-new interior developed to help customers attract and retain drivers while also improving their productivity took center stage in the Mack Trucks booth Jan. 23-26, 2018 at World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Designed through detailed input from thousands of drivers, the new interior was developed to improve comfort and offer an ergonomic, driver-centric layout.
“The new Granite interior offers the best working environment for vocational drivers,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Mack Trucks. “The Granite manages to handle even the most difficult tasks with ease, and it’s critical that drivers have a surrounding environment that makes it easier for them to do their jobs in comfort.”
Mack unveiled the new Granite interior in September. One of the premier features of the layout is the new flat-bottom steering wheel, a trucking industry first, enabling easier entering and exiting of the cab, as well as offering more belly room. The new steering wheel also gives the driver a better view of the dash, and can be equipped with illuminated cruise control, Bluetooth and audio system buttons.
The new gauge cluster and dash layout in the Granite model improves visibility and readability. Frequently used controls are within reach of the driver’s fingertips. Switches were repositioned higher on the dash, and the Mack mDRIVE™ automated manual transmission shift pad is closer to the driver. The dash panel can accommodate 18 easy-to-read switches, which have laser etched labeling for readability and to prevent them from being worn off, even with repeated use.
An Automatic Temperature Control feature was added to the HVAC controls so that air temperature is maintained once set by the driver. Cup holders and storage bins are now in a new lower center console, and both are easily removed for cleaning. Multiple 12-volt and USB charging ports are available throughout the dash, and a new non-slip pad on top of the dash features two USB charging ports.
“Developing a more comfortable cab that was more ergonomic for the driver was a priority for us when we designed the Granite interior,” said Tim Wrinkle, Mack construction product manager. “We listened to the input from drivers, brought their insight in and the result speaks for itself when you get in the seat.”
A new five-inch full-color display offering enhanced visibility and intuitive navigation were added to the Mack Co-Pilot™ display behind the steering wheel. Co-Pilot is a convenient way for drivers to monitor essential vehicle information, such as engine and oil temperature, odometers, aftertreatment status, tire pressure and more. The Pre-Trip Assistant function guides drivers through inspection points and offers a single person exterior light inspection mode. Co-Pilot controls are located on the updated right-hand steering column stalk.
A new information and entertainment option, featuring a seven-inch touchscreen display, is also available in the Granite model, offering safe access to Apple Car Play, satellite radio, weather band radio and TomTom truck navigation. The display is also compatible with third-party back-up camera systems.