When Western Star
introduced the 49X in 2020, the company said more work trucks would be on the way. Sure enough, 2021 brought the launch of the next model in the line: the lighter, shorter and more maneuverable 47X. Western Star's goal with the 47X is to offer a truck that fits well on urban construction sites and other smaller spaces, while meeting the needs of buyers and body builders for concrete mixer, dump truck and other uses. A lighter base truck means more hauling capacity, and a variety of features intended to make it easier for body builders to install their equipment adds flexibility to the 47X.
A larger cab allows extra comfort for drivers, and is designed to remove the need for a control box between the seats to add legroom and reduce obstacles. Controls can be easily mounted using a flex panel in the dash, placing them within reach and in a spot that doesn't require the driver to turn away from the road.