International 3300

The International 3300 is a Type-C cowled bus chassis (conventional-style) manufactured by Navistar International, derived from the International DuraStar since 2004 for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. While most examples are produced as yellow school buses, variants of the 3300 are also produced for commercial applications; International also produces as cutaway-cab variant of the model line.

International 3300
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IC CE-Series
ManufacturerNavistar International
Body and chassis
ClassType C
Layoutconventional 4x2
Body style(s)Cowled chassis
RelatedInternational DuraStar
International 3200
Engine(s)Navistar VT365 V8
Navistar MaxxForce 7 V8
Navistar DT466/MaxxForceDT I6
Cummins ISB6.7 I6
PredecessorInternational 3800

Developed as the successor to the International 3800 (the final model line of the International S series), the 3300 is a derivative of the International 4300 medium-duty truck (later the Durastar, the International MV since 2019); a single generation has been produced since 2004.

Design overviewEdit

In 2001, International introduced the NGV (Next Generation Vehicle) line of trucks, with an all-new 4000-series medium-duty truck line.[1] For the 2005 model year, the 3300 was introduced as the replacement for the International 3800 (the final model of the long-running International S-Series). The 3300 shares its powertrain and forward body components with the 4300 medium-duty truck (the replacement for the 4900).

Though remaining under the same model nomenclature since 2004, the 3300 has followed the model development of the International DuraStar (today, the International MV).

Body manufacturersEdit

Blue Bird SBCV

As an effect of the alignment between industry chassis suppliers and school bus body manufacturers, production of the International 3300 has been more directly associated with IC Bus than its 3800 predecessor. From 2004 to 2008, the 3300 was also bodied by Blue Bird Corporation, who offered it as an additional model alongside its proprietary Blue Bird Vision conventional.

Since 2009, the 3300 chassis has been bodied by IC Bus exclusively in the United States and Canada. Navistar also manufactures the chassis for export, though body manufacturers outside North America do not produce school bus bodies for the chassis.

Body Manufacturer Model Name Years in Production Notes
Blue Bird Corporation SBCV 2004–2008 The final version of the Blue Bird Conventional, the SBCV replaced the GM-chassis CV200.
Sold alongside the Vision, which replaced it after 2008.
IC Bus BE-Series


2001-present IC BE uses a low-profile version of the 3300 chassis (flat-floor interior)


At the time of its introduction, the International 3300 was sold exclusively with Navistar-sourced diesel engines. For 2008 production, the VT365 and DT466 engines were replaced by the MaxxForce 7 and MaxxForce DT engines, respectively. Introduced as an option during 2013, Cummins ISB6.7 diesels became the standard diesel engine during 2015.

In 2015, the 3300 expanded to alternative-fuel powertrains, as Navistar introducing a PSI-supplied (Power Solutions International) propane-fuel engine; in 2017, the same engine became available fueled by gasoline.[2] In 2018, IC Bus introduced a prototype fully-electric bus based on a 3300 chassis, named chargE;[3] the production of the fully-electric vehicle is intended for 2020.[3]

International 3300 Powertrain (2005-present)
Engine Configuration Fuel Production Notes
Navistar VT365 V8 6.0 L (365 cu in) 32V turbocharged V8 Diesel 2004-2007 Standard on CE200 and BE-Series

Replaced by MaxxForce 7

Navistar MaxxForce 7 V8 6.3 L (387 cu in) 32V turbocharged V8 (2008-2010)

6.3 L (387 cu in) 32V twin (sequential) turbo V8 (2010-2015)

2008-2015 Standard on CE
Navistar DT466 I6

Navistar MaxxForce DT I6

7.6 L (466 cu in) 24V turbocharged I6 (2005-2009)

7.6 L (466 cu in) 24V twin-turbo I6 (2010-2014)

2004-2007 (DT466)

2008-2014 (MFDT)

Optional engine on CE (unavailable on BE)

Replaced by Cummins ISB6.7

Cummins ISB6.7 I6 6.7 L (409 cu in) 24V turbocharged I6 2013-present Introduced in 2014 model-year production as option as replacement for MaxxForce DT.

Became standard engine in 2015 production.

PSI 8.8L V8

(Power Solutions Int'l)

8.8 L (535 cu in) 16V V8 LPG/Propane


2015-present (propane)

2017-present (gasoline)

The gasoline-fuel IC CE is the first gasoline-fueled vehicle produced by Navistar since 1986.


IC BE200 school bus
International 3200 low-floor bus (IC LC body)

3300 (low profile)Edit

From 2004 to 2015, IC Bus produced a Type-B low-profile version of the 3300 chassis, serving as the basis of the IC BE-Series bus. Produced primarily as a school bus and as its commercial-market derivatives, the BE was designed for operators transporting special-needs passengers. As an alternative to van-based buses, the BE was designed with a flat-floor interior, maximizing the available space for wheelchair passengers.


From 2004 to 2015, the cutaway-cab variant of the International DuraStar was produced for bus use, designated the International 3200, replacing the previous-generation 3400 based on the S-Series cab. Alongside second-party manufacturers, in 2006, IC began production of several types of commercial bodies for the 3200 chassis, including transit shuttle buses, tour buses, limo buses, and low-floor transit buses.

Following the 2010 introduction of the IC AE/AC-Series (based on the smaller International TerraStar), many cutaway International buses adopted IC grille badging, though the 3200 itself was never marketed with a school bus body.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Writer, James P. Miller, Tribune Staff. "NAVISTAR BETTING HEAVILY ON `NEXT GENERATION' LINE". Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  2. ^ "IC Bus Unveils Gasoline-Powered Type C School Bus - Management - School Bus Fleet". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  3. ^ a b "IC BUS TAKES chargE™ ON THE ROAD Kicks Off West Coast Leg of National Electric Bus Tour" (PDF). IC Bus. March 23, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)