The new Freightliner Business Class M2 106V joins the M2 112V introduced earlier this year as a vocational platform for snowplow, construction, refuse, utility and municipal applications. The106-in.-BBC vocational truck completes the Business Class M2 lineup, which also includes three on-highway models — the M2 100, 106 and 112.
Like the longer M2 112V, the new model features a front engine PTO for powering a variety of vocational equipment and front frame extensions for mounting that equipment. Raised to accommodate the PTO shaft, a 1,000 sq.-in. radiator is also standard on the vocational model. Day cab, crew cab and extended cab configurations, all in aluminum, are offered, as are air-suspended and bench seats.
The standard power for the M2 106 is the 6.4-liter Mercedes-Benz MBE 906 diesel, producing 260 hp. and up to 700 lb.-ft. of peak torque, with optional availability of the 7.2-liter MBE 926 and Caterpillar C7 and C9 diesels. Transmission choices include Eaton Fuller manuals, Allison automatics and the Mercedes-Benz automated mechanical gearbox.
Front axle ratings up to 20,000 lb. are offered with the M2 106V, and rear axles ratings range from 21,000 to 46,000 lb. Both multi-leaf and taper-leaf front suspensions are offered and air or mechanical rear suspensions available.
Freightliner has also announced a new rear bench seat option for all Business Class M2 models with extended cabs. The factory-installed option has vinyl upholstery and seats up to three passengers.
In other product news, Freightliner has introduced an auxiliary generator/HVAC system as a factory option for its Class 8 models. The new Idle Solutions option pairs a 14,000-BTU Tundra HVAC system from Dometic Corp. with a Temco auxiliary unit that produces 7.8 KW of 120V power. The system will fit in the toolbox on the Coronado and Classic XL models or can be mounted behind the fuel tanks on most Century Class S/T and Columbia trucks.
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