In 2004 Navistar International began producing a line of pickup trucks known as the International Extreme Truck series, or XT. Between 2004 and 2008 they released three versions of the truck. The first was the CXT, Commercial Extreme Truck. In 2005 they released the RXT, Recreational Extreme Truck. They were followed in 2007 by the MXT, or Military Extreme Truck.
I first saw one in 2005 parked at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. I immediately fell in love with it and wanted one, but I didn't have $115,000+ available that was needed to buy one. In the twelve years since, I have only seen a handful. That was until last weekend when I attended the 4th Annual Hot Rod Party in Mechanicsville, Virginia. This truck was parked in the backyard of the host, until a young lady drove away in it. I was sorry that I had not taken a video camera with me, and that my DSLR was in the trunk of my SS parked in front of the house.
International had not produced a consumer pickup since it discontinued the 100 Series pickup in 1976. However, lower than expected sales brought an end to the XT series in 2008.
The first truck in the XT Series, the CXT, was based on the International 7300 chassis. To convert the chassis to a pickup, Navistar purchased F-350 dually pickup beds from Ford instead of producing their own beds. They offered a hydraulic tilt for the bed as an option. There were also many improvements inside the cab that their work trucks did not have, like leather and ostrich skin seats and available DVD player and satellite radio.
Navistar mated a 5-speed Allison 2500HD automatic transmission to a 220 hp version of its 7.6L DT466 inline-6 diesel engine to power to CXT. To stop the 14,500 lb. truck, Navistar included the air brakes from the 7300 chassis.
Photos of International CXT taken in Mechanicsville, Virginia
After researching the specifications of the CXT, I decided to compare the XT series to my truck and my son's truck. I have a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, and my son has a 2016 Ford F-250.
Here are the results of the comparison.
Before the CXT left the party someone drove up in a lifted GMC. As it drove by, it looked very high, but when it was parked in the backyard next to the CXT, it looked small.