Sterling Trucks introduces factory-installed all-wheel drive system for Acterra

Sterling Truck Corporation today announced factory-installed all-wheel drive for the Sterling Acterra truck.

This option features an off-set front axle carrier and transfer case to allow a lower chassis height and provides one of the lowest cab step heights in the industry for an all-wheel drive package. "To meet the increasing demands of our customers, we are pleased to expand the options available for the popular Acterra product line to include a factory-installed all-wheel drive system," said John Merrifield, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Sterling Truck Corporation.

"This option has been designed for a wide range of medium-duty applications including utility, fire, oil field, snow plow, and government, and will be available for ordering beginning in the summer 2004."

The Acterra all-wheel drive system features full four-wheel automatic traction control (ATC), using an exclusive Automatic Lock Control Transfer Case coupled with the standard front and rear wheel traction control systems.

This new feature uses the vehicle anti-lock brake system to sense wheel slip and automatically engages the front axle and/or rear axle differential locks. This greatly enhances off-road and soft terrain vehicle operation.

The system also offers a two-speed transfer case with up to 13,000 pounds of input torque, allowing the driver to engage the all-wheel drive feature at any time for demanding applications requiring off-road traction control or operation in rough terrain.

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