Detroit DT12 transmission offers improved fuel efficiency, reduced friction

by Truck West

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Freightliner’s newly unveiled Cascadia, which was revealed Sept. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo., brings a lot of new technology, driver and safety enhancements to the table, including the Detroit’s DT12 automated manual transmission.

Part of the Detroit Powertrain, the DT12 is combined with the fuel-efficient downsped 400 hp/1,750 lb/ft. of torque Detroit DD15 or DD13 engine, Intelligent Powertrain Management and corresponding Detroit steer and rear tandem axles.

The DT12 was updated to use super-finished gears and low viscosity transmission oil to help improve fuel efficiency and reduce friction.

“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 Richard Howard, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “We have provided an optimized, one-stop fuel efficiency solution.”

Detroit DT12.
Detroit DT12.

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