Freightliner says the Mercedes-Benz Automated Gear Shift (AGS) transmission for Freightliner Business Class M2 vehicles was designed to make driving easier and more efficient while increasing overall ...
Freightliner says the Mercedes-Benz Automated Gear Shift (AGS) transmission for Freightliner Business Class M2 vehicles was designed to make driving easier and more efficient while increasing overall vehicle productivity (fuel efficiency).
The transmission will be available on Freightliner Business Class M2 vehicles beginning in the first quarter of 2004.
The new AGS transmission features a two-pedal, automated clutch actuation system. With the AGS transmission, no manual shifting or clutching is required. The transmission automatically manages all gearshifts.
The elimination of the clutch pedal should extend the life of both the clutch and the transmission. A manual shift option is also offered.
The AGS transmission is available with Mercedes-Benz MBE900 engines with 170 to 250 hp. Two torque ratings of the AGS are offered: 520 lb. ft. torque for vehicles with GCW up to 40,000 lbs., and 660 lb. ft. torque for vehicles with a GCW up to 60,000 lbs.
The Transmission Control Unit (TCU) serves as the brain of the AGS. It controls the automated clutch actuator, which provides a smoother engagement than a traditional clutch pedal, according to Freightliner. The TCU continuously senses road conditions, load conditions and grades to determine shift points.
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