Reinvented truck lineup offers new features (with related video)
Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled the latest Freightliner Cascadia truck lineup. The truck line will further lower the Real Cost of Ownership (RCO) for customers, according to the company. The truck offers improved fuel efficiency, connectivity, safety, quality and uptime performance levels, says Richard Howard, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for the company.
The new Cascadia (photo below to the right) is available with the integrated Detroit Powertrain, which combines the fuel-efficient downsped 400 hp/1,750 lb/ft. of torque Detroit DD15 or Detroit DD13 engines with the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM4) and corresponding Detroit steer and rear tandem axles. The new Detroit rear axles have features such as lower sump volume, gear-set coating, friction reducing gear cutting and optional Axle Lubrication Management that reduces parasitic loss and improves fuel economy.
The vehicle’s new DT12 transmission has been updated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce friction by using super-finished gears and use of low viscosity transmission oil. It also features updated intelligent powertrain management (IPM4), which uses a GPS-based system to anticipate upcoming road terrain and maximize the powertrain’s ability to use fuel effectively.
The truck line has a fresh, aerodynamic shape that will help to improve fuel efficiency, according to the firm. Standard enhancements such as an upper door seal, elliptical-shaped mirrors, sloped hood, bumper with integrated air deflector and integrated antennas all minimize drag.
The truck has a new front suspension that provides a smooth ride and improved roll stiffness. The vehicle’s steering gear is now located further forward to help improve steering precision and ultimately lead to less driver fatigue.
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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore. The firm is a heavy-duty truck manufacturer. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks.
In the video, view an intro to the 2018 Freightliner Cascadia.