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Freightliner introduces new vocational models

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Freightliner has expanded its vocational presence with the introduction of two new severe-duty models.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Freightliner has expanded its vocational presence with the introduction of two new severe-duty models.

The 108SD is a 108-inch BBC offering with a 42-inch set-back axle position with axle ratings of 10,000- to 20,000 lbs on the front and up to 46,000 lbs on the rear. It comes with Cummins ISB or ISC power under the hood, with ratings of 200 to 350 hp and 520 to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.

The larger 114SD is available in either set-forward or set-back axle configurations with front axle ratings of up to 23,000 lbs and rear axle ratings of up to 69,000 lbs in tridem configurations.

The 114SD comes with Detroit Diesel’s DD13 engine as standard, along with its BlueTec Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment system. Power ratings for the 114SD range from 260 to 380 hp and 660 to 1,300 lb.-ft. of torque.

During a recent ride-and-drive event, T.J. Reed, director of product marketing told that the SCR system and other components have been tucked up underneath the cab to provide a clear back of cab for easier body upfitting.

“We have packed as much equipment up underneath the cab as we can: the aftertreatment system, the fuel tanks, the DEF tanks and the batteries,” he explained. The new trucks boast a stationary grille, which allows the hood to be opened without being impeded by front-mounted equipment such as snow plows.

Both new vocational trucks have a lightweight aluminum cab, which Reed said is durable enough to often outlive the bodies that will be attached to the trucks. Dump, crane, roll-off and mixer applications are among those well suited for the new Freightliner vocational offerings. Also new to the family is a SmartPlex electrical system that allows for simplified chassis-to-body electrical integration for truck equipment manufacturers.

The trucks are ideal for crane attachments with capacities from eight to 50 tonnes, the company announced.

“Whether lifting or hauling, uptime is absolutely essential in the boom truck market, and our new line of Severe-Duty chassis will keep our customers on the job earning profit, by providing the most efficient, smart business solution to handle any boom truck application,” announced David Hames, general manager, marketing and strategy with Daimler Trucks North America.

Freightliner also introduced a new tag line for its vocational products: Work Smart, a spin-off of the company’s Run Smart slogan for its highway products. The new 114SD SFA will begin production in the second quarter of 2011 while the 108SD and 114SD SBA to go on line by the end of 2011, Freightliner announced.

The May issues of Truck News and Truck West will have a complete review of the new SD family.

This week’s episode of our weekly WebTV show, Transportation Matters, will focus on another Freightliner offering: the Business Class M2 112 with Cummins ISL G compressed natural gas engine. The new episode will be available at Wednesday.

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