Leading into the North American Commercial Vehicle show earlier this fall, Freightliner Trucks announced a host of new options for its 114SD and companion severe duty models:
Allison 4700 RDS Automatic Transmission. Available on the Freightliner 114SD and 122SD models, the 4700 RDS provides heavy vocational operators with improved start ability, two reverse gears, enhanced PTO options and durability required for severe applications.
LifeGuard RollTek Seats. In the unlikely event of a rollover, LifeGuard side-impact airbags inflate, the seat belt tightens and air-suspension seats compress to the lowest position to provide the driver additional protection.
Routing, clipping improvements. Freightliner’s entire vocational truck line has been updated with new standoff brackets and optimized routing and clipping of chassis electrical and plumbing harnesses to provide a cleaner installation and greater long-term durability. Consistent routing paths simplify body and equipment mounting.
Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Available across the Freightliner vocational product line, the system offers the potential for improved tire wear, fuel economy and overall vehicle performance.
M2 LED Headlights. The Freightliner M2 106 and M2 112 trucks can be spec’d with modular LED headlights to improve night visibility and reduce maintenance costs. — www.Freightliner.com
|The LifeGuard RollTek seat is available on Freightliner 108SD, 112SD, 114SD and 122SD models.|
FREIGHTLINER, HENDRICKSON TAILOR LIFTABLE FORWARD AXLE FOR 6X2 CONFIGURATIONS
Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems is offering the Optimaxx 6×2 liftable forward tandem axle as an exclusive for Freightliner Trucks’ new Cascadia tractor, citing the component’s weight reduction, fuel saving, improved traction and maneuverability benefits. The new axle will help customers optimize movement of variable loads, as well as assisting carriers with diminishing loads, such as bulk haulers and delivery vehicles that may have empty back hauls.
Automated controls sense the load capacity and either lift or lower the axle without relying on the driver, maximizing time with a raised axle and enhancing traction. The configuration reduces weight by 300-400 lbs. against a comparable 6×4 configuration. Drivers gain traction when backing under trailers in soft soil or low traction conditions; realize improved maneuverability when the lift axle is raised; and, save on tolls where lift axles are not charged if raised. The Optimaxx 6×2 design is compatible with drum and air disc brakes. Welded construction adds strength and durability versus a bolted design. — Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems, 630/910-2800; www.hendrickson-intl.com