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New Freightliner Cascadia® Focuses on Innovation

By on November 1, 2016
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The new Freightliner Cascadia® is the most advanced truck Freightliner has ever designed, and will further lower customers’ Real Cost of OwnershipSM (RCO).

“The original Freightliner Cascadia set unprecedented standards for aerodynamic, lightweight and maintenance-reducing features,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “Then, the debut of the Cascadia Evolution unleashed powerful fuel-efficiency enhancements for Freightliner customers.

“With the new Cascadia, every aspect of the truck has been re-imagined. We are raising fuel efficiency, connectivity, safety, quality and uptime performance to even greater levels; and also introducing a premium driver experience as a powerful customer benefit and driver retention tool. Every element of the vehicle was examined and developed with an RCO-centric approach.”

Freightliner leveraged the global expertise of parent company Daimler AG and conducted hundreds of hours of testing in Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) proprietary, state-of-the-art wind tunnel. In addition, millions of miles offl-2 real-world, on-highway testing helped design and evaluate the new Cascadia. “Many of the new Cascadia enhancements are the direct result of feedback from customers, dealers, service technicians and historical data,” said Howard.

Powering Efficiency – The new Cascadia is available with the integrated Detroit™ Powertrain, which combines the fuel-efficient downspeed 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.

World-Class Aerodynamic Design – The new Cascadia has a fresh, aerodynamic shape with dozens of sleek updates, selected specifically to push fuel efficiency to the next level. Standard drag-minimizing enhancements include an upper door seal, elliptical-shaped mirrors, sloped hood, bumper with integrated air deflector and integrated antennas. Optional Aero and AeroX packages provide additional aerodynamic benefits to manage airflow, including longer side extenders, lower chassis fairings, drive wheel covers and proprietary-designed wheel fairings.

Focusing on Driver Experience: Inside and Out – The ergonomically designed wraparound dashboard includes switches and steering wheel controls that enable drivers to work without leaning and stretching. Digital smart gauges and information displays keep drivers informed. Features inside the sleeper area include a new Driver’s Loft configuration. A new front suspension provides a smoother ride and improved roll stiffness, and the steering gear is now located further forward to help improve steering precision and ultimately lead to less driver fatigue.

Available in a variety of cab configurations, the new Cascadia is all about customizable living-space options that address the realities of professional drivers. The sleeper area has been redesigned to include more cabinets, as well as larger spaces that can accommodate standard appliances. For entertainment, a television swivel bracket holds up to a 26″ flat-panel TV. Double-bunk and Driver Loft options are also available. A new cargo shelf option allows drivers to easily store containers or duffle bags. If an upper bunk is spec’d, it comes standard with an easily released telescoping ladder, making getting into the upper bunk a breeze.

Designed for Uptime – Freightliner master technicians inspected and rated every single Cascadia component, resulting in improved serviceability and maintenance. New splayed frame rails create more room in the engine compartment, providing technicians with easy access for maintenance tasks, and most electronic control units are now stored securely in the cab in the new eVault.

Delivering Safety – Using a full LED system, the Cascadia’s innovative new headlights incorporate LEDs in the low beam, high beam, daytime running lamp, park lamp and turn signal lamp. A new, one-piece windshield design increases wiper coverage by 12 percent over the current Cascadia, and is specially constructed to provide increased resistance to breakage. The optional Detroit Assurance 4.0 suite of safety systems includes Active Brake Assist that provides full braking on stationary objects, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning with optional video capture.

Connected Performance – The proprietary connectivity platform, introduced by Detroit exclusively for the new Cascadia, 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. The introduction of the new platform also marks the debut of Detroit Connect Remote Updates that enable over-the-air engine parameter programming and Detroit-initiated remote engine and other powertrain electronic controller firmware updates. Remote Updates features will be available to customers during the second half of 2017.

For more information on the new Cascadia, visit Freightliner.com.

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