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Rainier Truck Targets 2018 Launch

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Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  December 5, 2017

Rainier Truck & Chassis, LLC, announced that it is set to reboot sales and products with a target production launch of summer 2018 for its Class 4-5 and Class 6-7 truck models. 

SINOTRUK has signed on to supply its cabins to Rainier's new low-cost, low-tech lineup of cabover trucks.

With a starting MSRP of $37,185, the truck will be powered by a Cummins 6.7L diesel, rated at 300 hp and 600 lb.-ft. of torque or a 6.4L HEMI that achieves 370 jp and 429 lb.-ft of torque are standard on the Class 4-5 models.

A 6.7L Cummins diesel engine that achieves 325 hp and 750 lb.-ft. of torque will be standard on the Class 6-7 models.

Load leveling air suspension will be standard on all models. 

Ordering is open at www.rainiertruckandchassis.com

Rainier first launched its start-up in 2014 but ran into issues with its cabin suppliers and announced that with its partnership with SINOTRUK production is back on schedule. 

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Like I said last year, Gary Jones who heads Yakima, Washington-based Rainier is a great guy. But he's a chassis engineer, mostly for motor-homes. He's not a truck guy, and his chance for success was painted on the wall from day one.

Most people aren't going to buy a no-name truck from a very small no-name truckmaker with a Chinese cab (nothing wrong with the CNHTC cab).

Originally, Rainier was promising Cummins and PSI-sourced CNG/LNG/gasoline engines. However now he's talking of offering Cummins a Chrysler (FCA) HEMI. Odd to walk away from the CNG/LNG engine option.

 

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