Cab-over delivers the goods
Twelve years in the making, the new Argosy from Freightliner is here
ANEWFreightliner Argosy Evolution cab-over has been revealed and it looks mean.
Its huge bold chrome grille, with eight bars that look like shaver blades, is the most noticeable change but it isn’t the only one. Freightliner has upgraded what lies beneath with a choice of the Cummins ISX or the just-introduced Detroit Diesel DD15 powerplants. It has also given the interior a new look.
The new Argosy, partially revealed at the Brisbane truck show, goes on sale in Australia later this year. It has been due for some time, with the last model introduced in 1999. Production has ended
on the existing model because it failed ADR83/03 emission rules introduced in January.
The new grille looks dramatic but is not all about style – it feeds a larger radiator (1650sq in). The design of the aluminium cab is unchanged except for a slightly different floorplan to take the new engines and allow enough airflow underneath.
The Argosy still has the flat floor, which lets drivers walk around (with the rig stopped, of course), and a 110-inch raisedroof sleeper cab.
The windscreen is still set at 24 degrees for good aerodynamics and the cab meets European crash standards. Interior plastics have been upgraded via improved component tooling at Freightliner.
The Detroit Diesel DD15 and Cummins ISX engines are proving equally popular, says Freightliner Australia sales manager Gary Wheatley.
The DD15 has output ratings up to 418kW (560hp) and the ISX up to 448kW (600hp).
Freightliner Australia is especially glad to have the new Argosy— which is no longer sold in the US, the company’s home market.
Cab-overs are preferred in Europe and by some Australian operators, largely because length regulations mean they can free up more than a metre of cargo space.
Sizzling: Freightliner’snewcab-over Argosy, which can free up a metre of cargo space, in all its mean-looking glory