Freightliner Trucks Begins Pro­duc­tion on New Cascadia

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Freightliner Trucks has be­gun pro­duc­tion on its new Cascadia.

De­signed and en­gi­neered with an em­pha­sis on six Real Cost of Own­er­ship solutions the new Cascadia sets the bench­mark for fuel ef­fi­ciency, safety, con­nec­tiv­ity, qual­ity, up­time and driver ex­pe­ri­ence. The new Cascadia (equipped with Aerox and In­te­grated Detroit Pow­er­train (IDP) in­clud­ing a GHG17 DD15 engine, DT12 with In­tel­li­gent Pow­er­train Man­age­ment (IPM4) and 2.16 di­rect drive axle ra­tio) boasts up to an 8-per­cent fuel econ­omy in­crease over a sim­i­larly spec’d 2016 Cascadia Evo­lu­tion.

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.

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 op­tional Aero and Aerox pack­ages pro­vide ad­di­tional aero­dy­namic ben­e­fits to man­age air­flow, in­clud­ing a low ground clear­ance bumper with flex­i­ble air dam, longer side ex­ten­ders, lower chas­sis fair­ings, drive wheel cov­ers and pro­pri­etary-de­signed drive wheel fair­ings.

The new Cascadia is loaded with im­prove­ments rang­ing from the lay­out of gauges and switches in the driver com­part­ment to fea­tures in­side the sleeper area, in­clud­ing a new Driver Loft con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of cab con­fig­u­ra­tions, the new Cascadia is all about cus­tom­iz­a­ble liv­ingspace op­tions that ad­dress the re­al­i­ties of pro­fes­sional driv­ers while they’re on the road. The sleeper area has been re­designed to in­clude more cab­i­nets, as well as larger spa­ces that can ac­com­mo­date stan­dard ap­pli­ances. For en­ter­tain­ment, a sturdy tele­vi­sion swivel bracket holds up to a 26” flat panel TV for movi­ethe­ater-like view­ing. Dou­ble-bunk and a new Driver Loft op­tion is also avail­able that in­cor­po­rates a unique fold­ing workspace/dinette with a full-size Mur­phy style bed. A new cargo shelf op­tion al­lows driv­ers to store con­tain­ers or duf­fle bags eas­ily.

New splayed frame rails cre­ate more room in the engine com­part­ment to al­low tech­ni­cians easy ac­cess for main­te­nance tasks, and most elec­tronic con­trol units are now stored se­curely in the cab in the new evault for eas­ier con­ve­nience and pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

The op­tional Detroit As­sur­ance 4.0 suite of safety sys­tems in­cludes Ac­tive Brake As­sist that now pro­vides full brak­ing on sta­tion­ary ob­jects, mov­ing pedes­trian warn­ing & par­tial brak­ing, Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol and Lane Depar­ture Warn­ing with op­tional video cap­ture.

Cus­tomers will ben­e­fit from the pro­pri­etary con­nec­tiv­ity plat­form in­tro­duced by Detroit ex­clu­sively for the new Cascadia. The new plat­form, which will use cel­lu­lar ser­vice from AT&T, will fa­cil­i­tate the de­liv­ery of cur­rent Detroit Con­nect fea­tures, such as Vir­tual Tech­ni­cian re­mote di­ag­nos­tic ser­vice, as well as new fea­tures de­signed to pro­vide deeper in­sights on fuel ef­fi­ciency and safety per­for­mance.

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