February 5, 2018 by On-Site Magazine
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. Designed with detailed input from thousands of drivers, the interior was developed to improve comfort and offer an ergonomic, driver-centric layout. 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.