Freightliner Trucks has announced that factory-installed Meritor front drive axles, which allow for All Wheel Drive (AWD), are now optionally available on its Business Class M2 106 and 106V models. The front drive axle option is a part-time system that can be activated when AWD is needed, noted the OEM.
“Our Business Class M2 product line was specifically designed to tackle tough vocational jobs,” said Alex Bernasconi, vp-- sales. “When paired with our quality vehicles, this new front drive axle option meets our customers' needs for increased traction and mobility during off-road and slippery conditions.”
The front drive axles are available in a 4x4 or a 6x6 configuration on Business Class M2 106 or 106V truck models powered by Mercedes Benz MBE900 or Caterpillar C7 diesel engines.
These axles utilize straight front-to-back frame rails, eliminating the need for a step frame. The transfer case of the front drive axle is mounted between the transmission and rear axle. Additionally, the axle bowl is offset by 11 inches to the passenger side, matching the driveline angles and eliminating the need for a lift kit.
The Business Class M2 106 and 106V AWD option is offered for 12,000-, 14,000- and 16,000-lb ratings. It is available in combination with a variety of single and tandem rear suspensions, including flat-leaf, spring and Freightliner's AirLiner.
The new front drive steer axle requires taper-leaf front suspensions rated at 12,000, 14,600 or 16,000 lbs. The AWD option is available on vehicles spec'd with Allison 3000 Series automatic or Eaton Fuller manual transmissions.
Engine and transmission power take-off (PTO) operation is not affected by the engagement of the front drive axle, the OEM said.