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MATS Report: Freightliner introduces new version of the Cascadia, offers more options for Class 8 trucks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freightliner introduced a new version of the Cascadia at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which fe...

Freightliner's Cascadia is now SmartWay-certified.
Freightliner's Cascadia is now SmartWay-certified.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freightliner introduced a new version of the Cascadia at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which features a 72-inch sleeper.

The Cascadia 72-inch XT is aimed at the flatbed and tanker markets. The newest version of Freightliner’s flagship highway tractor boasts a stand-up sleeper with 78 inches between the base of the bunk and the ceiling. Customers can choose between a second bunk or storage cabinets along the back wall of the cab.

The new version of the Cascadia is available for order immediately, the company announced. It plans to introduce additional sleeper options throughout the remainder of the year, including: 60-inch raised roof; 60-inch XT; and 48-inch XT variations.

Freightliner also announced at the show that its Cascadia has been certified by the US EPA SmartWay program. The Cascadia joins the Columbia and Century Class S/T as SmartWay-certified offerings from Freightliner.

Smartway-certified trucks are 10-20% more fuel efficient and up to 90% cleaner than other trucks in the market. To qualify, trucks must include: an EPA07 engine; fuel tank fairings; an integrated roof fairing; tractor-mounted cab side extenders; aerodynamic mirrors and bumper; an approved anti-idling solution; and low rolling-resistance tires. Customers can now order a Smartway-approved truck from Freightliner and not have to worry about upfitting the various required components.

Air disc brakes are now a factory-installed option on Freightliner’s Cascadia, Columbia, Coronado and Century Class S/T Class 8 tractors. The Bendix ADB22X-V air disc brake is designed for 22.5-inch wheels and is approved for all on-highway applications, Freightliner officials announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The can be spec’d on all drive axles offered by Freightliner but only with Axle Alliance Corp. steer axles.

Disc brakes are gaining popularity as they provide better stopping performance, less brake fade and easier maintenance than traditional drum brakes.

“The air disc brakes are a better choice because stop time is improved and easier and faster brake maintenance allows for less downtime, impacting the bottom line for owner and driver,” said Melissa Kellogg, director of product marketing for Freightliner. Disc brakes will be a factory-installed option beginning in June, the company said.

Freightliner also announced the availability of more factory-installed options for its Class 8 models. The Meritor WABCO Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system will be available this spring. Eaton’s VORAD collision warning system will also be available as a factory option, beginning this spring.

“Each of the new options available for our Class 8 vehicles enhances efficiency and safety,” said Kellogg.

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