Freightliner unveils truck trio

Freightliner LLC unveiled two new Business Class trucks, the M2 100 and M2 112, and a 112-in. version of its Columbia model at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The Freightliner Business Class 100 (top) and Business Class 112The Business Class M2 line of medium-duty and vocational trucks is designed to provide unprecedented advantages in productivity and operational efficiency to commercial truck operations.

Freightliner LLC unveiled two new Business Class trucks, the M2 100 and M2 112, and a 112-in. version of its Columbia model at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The Freightliner Business Class 100 (top) and Business Class 112
The Business Class M2 line of medium-duty and vocational trucks is designed to provide unprecedented advantages in productivity and operational efficiency to commercial truck operations.

Available in gross vehicle weight ratings from 16,000 to 26,000 lb., the Business Class M2 100 can be used in a variety of mid-range truck applications, including pickup and delivery, food and beverage distribution, towing and general services.

The Business Class M2 100 comes standard with the MBE900 engine from Mercedes-Benz. Four- and six-cylinder MBE900 engines are available with horsepower ratings from 170 to 250 and torque from 420 to 660 lb.-ft.

Transmissions available include the MBT 6-speed manual transmissions from Mercedes-Benz, Eaton-Fuller 6- or 7-speed manuals, and Allison automatic transmissions. Front axle ratings range from 6,000 to 10,000 lb. while rear axle ratings range from 10,000 to 17,500 lb.. The truck is available with 19.5" wheels.

The Business Class M2 112 features a 112-in. BBC measurement and is available in GVW ratings up to 66,000 lb.

M2 112 options include a factory-installed crew cab and extended cab. It can support a wide range of bodies and chassis-mounted equipment while delivering heavy-duty power, Freightliner said.

Available as a truck or tractor, the M2 112 offers front axles rated from 12,000 lb. to 20,000 lb. and rear axles up to 46,000 lb. Freightliner Rear AirLiner Suspensions and heavy-duty TufTrac Suspensions with ratings of 40,000 lb. and 46,000 lb. are offered as options.

The Business Class M2 112 comes standard with a 1,200-sq.-in. radiator and the Mercedes-Benz MBE4000 engine with horsepower ratings to 450 hp. Caterpillar engines will also be offered as options later in 2003.

Eaton-Fuller AutoShift and Eaton-Fuller manual 10- or 13-speed transmissions, along with Allison HD series transmissions, are also available.

The Freightliner Columbia 112
Intended for diverse short- and long-haul applications, Freightliner said the Columbia 112 features an overall shorter length for maximum maneuverability, visibility, payload and ease of operation.

The truck is available with Mercedes-Benz MBE4000 or Caterpillar engines with horsepower ratings to 470. Customers can specify transmissions from Eaton-Fuller, Meritor, and Allison, and choose a variety of other core components.

The truck, which comes in Day Cab or SleeperCab options, also features components and options designed to create a comfortable working and living environment.

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