<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT"%> ROCKCRAWLER.com - International Expands the XT Pickup Truck Line
International Expands the XT Pickup Truck Line

CHICAGO (Feb. 10, 2005) – International Truck and Engine Corporation, the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) and a leading truck manufacturer, has unveiled the International® RXT, a more than five-ton, 22-foot-long commercial pickup truck.

Internationa XT Pickup Trucks
International RXT (left) and CXT (right)

Drawing on the family bloodlines of the International® CXT – the world’s largest production pickup truck – the International RXT is one of four vehicles that International is showcasing at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show from February 11-20 as part of its new “International® XT Family” that the company is bringing to customers – now and in the future. “International is a company boldly building brand excitement,” said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The International RXT is an example of our ability to proactively and quickly bring products to market . With this truck, and the whole International XT Family, we are giving our customers one more reason to say, ‘I’m excited to own an International.’”

International RXT
International RXT

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 truck. 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 an air cab suspension and an International® ride-optimized suspension (IROS).

International RXT
International RXT

“The International RXT is like nothing else on the road today,” said Dee Kapur, president of International Truck and Engine Corporation’s Truck Group. “After introducing the International CXT in 2004, International received an overwhelming customer response for more vehicles that are powerful in performance but refined in appearance. The International RXT meets that need with refined styling and functionality. It is yet another symbol of the creative innovation helping to drive the company’s bold growth.”

The International RXT features an International® VT 365 diesel V8 engine with 230 horsepower and 540-lb.-ft. of torque for optimal performance and efficiency .

“As the leading manufacturer of mid-range diesel engines, International is proud to showcase our product in the International RXT and XT Family,” said Jack Allen, president of International Truck and Engine Corporation’s Engine Group. “International has a strong history of diesel engine leadership and we continue to build on our legacy. Today’s diesel engines are in fact 20 to 40 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline engines and are delivering increasing levels of environmental performance.”

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.

International MXT
International RXT
International RXT

The International MXT is a commercial pre-production prototype. It has the same distinctive International 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.

International PROJECTXT
International RXT
International RXT

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. Ideal commercial markets for the International XT Family include: the horse industry, ranchers, commercial boating businesses, auto body repair, construction companies, lawn care businesses, lawn and garden stores, racecar haulers, home builders, home improvement companies and business owners who want to promote their business.

International XT Family Specs

 2005 International CXT

  • 4x4 Crew Cab with Bright Finish Tanks and Exhaust
  • Custom Interior Trim
  • 8-foot Dualie Pickup Bed
  • International DT466 I6 diesel, 220 HP, 540 lb. ft. torque
  • Allison 2500 HS 5-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Air Brakes with 4-channel ABS
  • 25,999 lbs. GVWR
  • Price Range : $90,000-$130,000

2006 International RXT

  • 4x2 Crew Cab with Body Side Skirts
  • Prestige Interior Trim
  • 8-foot Dualie Pickup Bed
  • International VT365 V8 diesel, 230 HP, 540 lb. ft. torque
  • Allison 2200 HS 5-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Hydraulic 4-wheel Disc Brake System
  • 20,500 lbs. GVWR
  • Price Range : $70,000-$90,000

International PROJECTXT Concept Truck

  • 4x2 Crew Cab with Rear Cab Spoiler
  • Integrated Bumpers and Side Skirts
  • Designer’s Interior Trim with Dual Skylights
  • 8-foot International Pickup Bed with no Wheel Wells
  • International VT365 V8 Diesel, 300 HP, 540 lb. ft. torque
  • Allison 2200 Series 5-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Hydraulic 4-wheel Disc Brake System
  • 20,500 lb. GVWR
  • Price Range : TBA


International â MXT Concept Truck

  • 4x4 Crew Cab with Slide Out Steps
  • 7-foot Low Side Concept Pickup Bed
  • Premium Interior Trim with Four Racing Seats
  • International VT275 V6 Diesel, 230 HP, 460 lb. ft. torque
  • Allison 2000 Series 5-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Hydraulic 4-wheel Disc Brake System
  • 18,000 lb. GVW
  • Price: TBA


©2005 Rockcrawler 4x4 and Off-Road Magazine. All Rights Reserved