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Freightliner updates Coronado highway tractor

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Freightliner has introduced a new version of its classic-styled Coronado highway tractor.

The new Freightliner Coronado offers a quieter ride and updated styling.
The new Freightliner Coronado offers a quieter ride and updated styling.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner has introduced a new version of its classic-styled Coronado highway tractor.


The updated version of the truck was unveiled at the Chrome Shop Mafia headquarters in Joplin, Mo. It features enhanced aerodynamics, updated technology and improved styling, according to the company. The upgrades also promise improved fuel economy and enhanced driver comfort, Freightliner announced.


“The Coronado commands attention on the road – it is ideal for owner/operators who want a truck that not only turns heads – but turns profits,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.


The Coronado was redesigned to improve aerodynamics while maintaining the truck’s classic styling.


“Our goal was to create a traditionally-styled aerodynamic truck that would help owners reduce fuel consumption and increase bottom line profits,” said Clausen. “Everything about the Coronado was carefully developed and built to keep it running and earning revenue.”  


Its hood is constructed of one-piece fiberglass and the grille is stainless steel. The chrome-plated hood handle has been designed to improve airflow over the truck, the company claims. The two-piece windshield has been sloped for better airflow and dual chrome steel intakes are standard.


“Every element on the Coronado – from the hood to the fender and even the mirrors – was tested in the wind tunnel to optimize airflow,” said Clausen. “This aerodynamic design, coupled with the latest in clean engine technology, enhances overall efficiency.”


The Coronado features a lightweight aluminum cab that allows for heavier payloads and a 50-degree wheel cut improves maneuverability. New headlamps contribute to the Coronado’s styling and durability as well as improved nighttime visibility. The headlights use just a single bulb to simplify replacement, Freightliner announced. The hood opens nearly 90-degrees allowing easy access to  underhood components.


“Productivity is the highest priority, so we designed the Coronado to enable owner-operators to easily make adjustments on their own, keeping repair costs and downtime to a minimum,” said Clausen.


Inside the cab, noise abatement materials on the floor, front wall, sides and back panel dampen road, wind and engine noise for quieter ride. The interior boasts a classy finish with Oregon Burl Wood trim and accents on the dash. The new Coronado also features an updated dashboard which Freightliner claims to be one of its quietest ever thanks to a single piece design that reduces rattles and squeaks.


The sleeper features strategically-places cabinets that maximize storage and a pull-out writing surface, clothing rack and separate control panel for heat, A/C and lighting round out a comfortable bunk area.


“Our customers spend most of their time inside the truck, so we wanted it well-appointed and comfortable,” said Clausen.


The new Coronado is available with the Detroit Diesel DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines as well as the Cummins ISX.

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