Sterling rolls out its lightest truck model

REDFORD, Mich. — Sterling Truck has expanded its growing light commercial vehicles line with the introduction of the new class 3 Sterling 360 — the lightest product in Sterling’s full range of trucks.

The low cabover, says the truckmaker, reinforces the company’s status as a one-stop provider for class 3-8 commercial vehicles.

“Along with the new Sterling Bullet, our versatile light-duty and mid-range vehicles were developed for a wide range of applications, including pickup and delivery, construction, landscaping, and more,” said Matthew Stevenson, director of light commercial vehicles.

The new Class 3 Sterling 360 is currently available for order, and will be available at dealerships in fall 2007.

With a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,500 lbs., the class 3 360 is an ideal tool for businesses that don’t require the capacity of a larger class 4 or 5 truck.

It features an On-Board Diagnostics system (OBD-II), which provides a universal inspection and diagnosis method to be sure the vehicle is performing correctly and to EPA emissions standards.

Sterling also introduced a number of product enhancements for all its 2008 Sterling 360 trucks, including increased horsepower, a lowered chassis, and standard cruise control

A new compact diesel particulate filter — a requirement for all 2008 model year trucks — allows for fewer disturbances during body installation and also safeguards the 360’s “impressive” ground clearance. The engine also gets a boost in power, from 175 to 185 hp.

Additionally, due to the improved cooling system and a change in frame height, the chassis could be lowered two inches, making it easier for operators to load and unload the vehicle.

The list of options also expanded with the addition of an 189-inch wheelbase on the Class 5 model, as well as a keyless entry system available on all Sterling 360 models.

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