Freightliner says its new Cascadia is the most advanced truck Freightliner has ever designed and will further lower the Real Cost of Ownership (RCO) for customers.
“With the new Cascadia, we have not just updated past successes,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “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, as well as conducted hundreds of hours of testing in Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) proprietary, state-of-the-art wind tunnel and millions of miles of real-world on-highway testing, to evaluate and design 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.
When developing the new Cascadia, engineers set a priority goal of achieving significant fuel savings over the already industry-leading Cascadia Evolution by conducting robust testing, research and development.
The new Cascadia is available with the integrated Detroit Powertrain, which combines the fuel-efficient downsped 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. 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.
The new DT12 has also been updated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce friction by using super-finished gears and use of low viscosity transmission oil. It also features the latest generation of intelligent powertrain management (IPM4), which uses a GPS-based system to anticipate upcoming road terrain and maximize the powertrain’s ability to utilize fuel most effectively.
“By combining advanced aerodynamics of the new Cascadia with the power of the high-performance, high-efficiency integrated Detroit Powertrain we will help customers get the most out of every gallon,” said Howard. “We have provided an optimized, one-stop fuel efficiency solution.”