Daimler Trucks is plotting to unleash the 2018 Freightliner Cascadia, which goes into production early next year. Apparently, the inbound model will mark the first major overhaul of the trucking industry workhorse since their inception back in 2007. We were privileged to talk with CEO of Daimler Trucks in North America, Martin Daum. He says the upcoming Cascadia presents a lot of advancements that are unheard of in the industry.
The facelift includes up to an 8% increase in fuel efficiency over the previous Cascadia edition. Additionally, we will have advanced connectivity features which make it easy to monitor the vehicle around the clock. Advanced safety features and over-the-air updates are part of the package.
2018 Freightliner Cascadia – External and Internal Cosmetics
The incoming 2018 Freightliner Cascadia offers a whole new look inside and out. Daum claims that Daimler paid attention to detail to improve the cabin. Therefore, this time we get more comfy seats and a completely overhauled living space suited to long-haul truckers. The next Cascadia also receives a new, aerodynamic shape alongside numerous sleek updates designed to improve fuel efficiency. Standard enhancements comprise elliptical-shaped mirrors, an upper door seal and the inclined hood. Also, there is a new bumper with integrated antennas and air deflector to cut down drag. The optional Aero and AeroX will supply advanced aerodynamic elements to manage airflow. These include lower chassis fairings, longer side extenders, proprietary-designed wheel fairings and drive wheel covers.
Inside the cabin, the upcoming Cascadia becomes quieter due to improved door seals that slash interior noise. Drivers are set to receive more creature comforts. The standard configuration brings a two-seat dinette, ambient LED lighting, a Murphy-style bed and multiple power options for electronic gadgets. We also have a huge mounting area that handles a 26-inch flat screen TV along with larger storage and appliance options.
The numerous active safety features with Detroit Assurance will come as standard. However, the drivers are assured they will reach their destinations and return home in one peace. One of the features of Detroit Assurance is Active Brake Assist 4.0 that uses bumper mounted radar for automatic safe driving practices. Also known as ABA, it discharges an audible sound with visual and hepatic alert prior to partial or full braking.
Powerful Engine of the 2018 Freightliner Cascadia
The redesigned 2018 Freightliner Cascadia truck gets its juice from Daimler’s Detroit branded diesel motor. The Cascadia powertrain is Detroit DD15 that gets hooked to the upgraded Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. It churns out about 350 to 600 horsepower and 1,750 pound-feet of torque.
Updated Detroit steering and rear tandem axles as well as the fourth generation Intelligent Powertrain Management will become available as standard. The DT12 uses super-finished gears and low-viscosity transmission oil to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce friction. Additionally, the latest IPM4 featured will use a GPS-based system in anticipating impending road terrain. That way, it maximizes the engine’s ability to use fuel most efficiently.
2018 Freightliner Cascadia—Suggested Retail Price and Release Date
The Daimler will ramp up the production of the 2018 Freightliner Cascadia model next year. Apparently, production starts in January and is likely to ramp up through spring. Finally, the redesigned 2018 Freightliner Cascadia will probably start at $159,900.