Cab-over de­liv­ers the goods

Twelve years in the mak­ing, the new Ar­gosy from Freight­liner is here

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD james.stan­ford@cars­

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

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