World's Largest Production Pickup Truck Gains Sidekick With Introduction of International RXT
CHICAGO — International Truck and Engine Corporation, the operating company of Navistar International Corporation, on February 10 unveiled the International RXT, a more than five-ton, 22-foot-long commercial pickup truck. The International RXT is one of four vehicles that International is showcasing at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show as part of its new “International XT Family” that the company is bringing to customers – now and in the future.The International RXT was built for business owners who want a truck that promotes themselves as much as their businesses. However, just as people have unique personas, the International RXT is designed for business owners who prefer a strong and athletic look rather than a vehicle as big and bold as the International CXT.Standing eight feet tall, the International RXT is a 4x2 pickup. It features an eight-foot-long bed, great hauling and tow capability, and commercial hydraulic brakes for stopping large loads or trailers. Its exterior design is sleek and refined, offering full-body side skirts, a low step-in height, aerodynamic hood and overall stylish design. From the driver’s seat, the ride is made comfortable by a spacious crew cab that seats five, as well as cab air suspension and an International ride-optimized suspension (IROS).The International RXT features an International VT 365 diesel V-8 engine with 230 horsepower and 540-lb.-ft. of torque for performance and efficiency.In addition to the International CXT and RXT, two other vehicles are included in the International XT Family of trucks. A pre-production prototype vehicle derived from a military chassis, called the International MXT, which was unveiled in March 2004, and a futuristic concept pickup truck, called the International ProjectXT.The International MXT is a commercial pre-production prototype. It has the same distinctive grill and the same crew cab as all of the XT Family, a whole different look with an aggressive design of headlights integrated in the front fenders, rough terrain tires, low step-in height and outstanding 4x4 capability. The International ProjectXT is a commercial concept truck showcasing such customizing capabilities as special interior and exterior trim with dual sky glass roof panels and a rear roof spoiler that shades passengers from direct sunlight and improves aerodynamics. The truck also features a “straight-through” design pickup bed that eliminates wheel well humps. Orders for the International RXT can be placed through International dealers throughout North America in fall 2005, with a starting price just under $70,000. The International MXT will be available late 2005 with the first version designed for military applications and government agencies, such as the U.S. Border Patrol. A commercial variant of the International MXT is targeted for production in 2006.