Freightliner Trucks announced a 72-in. XT sleeper version of its Class 8 Cascadia model. The Cascadia 72-in. XT, designed for flatbed and tanker operations, features a sleeper that measures 78 in. from the base of the bunk to the ceiling. It is available with an optional upper bunk or storage cabinets against the back wall of the cab.
According to Melissa Kellogg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks, the OEM will roll out additional Cascadia sleeper variations throughout 2008, including a 60-in. raised roof, a 60-in. XT and a 48-in. XT.
Freightliner also announced that the Cascadia has been designated a SmartWay-certified truck by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cascadia marks the third Freightliner Class 8 truck, along with the Columbia and Century Class S/T, to earn this certification.
SmartWay-certified trucks must feature an engine that is model year 2007 or newer; fuel-tank side fairings on the tractor; roof fairing; tractor-mounted cab side extenders; aerodynamic mirrors and bumpers; and low rolling-resistance tires. Trucks must also be spec'd with auxiliary power units (APUs) or other idle-reduction technology. To meet this qualification, Freightliner noted it offers the battery-powered NITE (no-idle thermal environment) system and is complementing that by introducing the factory-installed RestSmart APU, based on Thermo King technology.
Freightliner also said that the new Bendix ADB22X-V air disc brake is now a factory-installed option for its Class 8 models. The OEM said this is the only disc brake on the market compatible with all 22.5-in. wheel combinations without any limitations and approved for all on-highway applications. It is available with all drive axles offered on Freightliners but only in combination with steer axles produced by Axle Alliance Corp.
Two other new factory-installed options are the Meritor Wabco Electronic Stability (ESC) and the Eaton Vorad Collision Warning System. These can be spec'd on the Cascadia, Coronado, Columbia and Century Class S/T.