Cummins announces new pairing for X12 engine

Cummins is announcing that its X12 engine will be going into Western Star trucks.

Production is expected to begin in August for the new engine/truck combination. Cummins announced the pairing yesterday, saying that the X12 is the lightest engine in its class and has the highest power-to-weight ratio — capable of 500 horsepower and 1700 pound-feet of torque, while weighing only 2 thousand and 50 pounds.

A Western Star company spokesperson says the engine will be available in the 4700 model trucks, one of the company’s best selling models.

The X12, which is begin made in Jamestown, N.Y., has already been announced in partnerships with Freightlner and Autocar.