Big expectations placed on Freightliner Cascadia

Daimler say Cascadia will be best bonneted truck on Aussie market

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The team at Daimler Trucks are saying they expect the new Freightliner Cascadia to match it with the best of them in the Australian market.

The prime-mover, which will be available in configurations up to road train capability, will hit the local market in 2020.

If you’re super keen to get one, or many, Daimler Trucks are happy to take your order now.

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Daimler Trucks has invested $100 million dollars into the development of the right-hand drive version of the Cascadia solely for the Aussie market.

In Melbourne today we were given a sneak peak at the new offering, a left-hand drive vehicle fitted with a 13-litre Detroit diesel engine that will be used as part of final local testing and development.

A 16-litre version will join that truck in coming days.

The truck will replace the aging Argosy in the local market, an offering that some say has tarnished the U.S. truck brands image in the local market.

But Freightliner say they’re ready for the “quantum leap” that the Cascadia will take, describing the new offering as being the best bonneted heavy-duty truck available to buyers in Australia in 2020.

Freightliner Australia Director Stephen Downes the new offering has benefited from extensive testing since the model first entered development back in 2012.

This program has included over five million kilometres of on-road testing.

“We all know Australian trucks run harder, faster and in hotter conditions, so we are conducting a test and development program that is far more comprehensive than anything Freightliner has done in this country,”

“There is good reason the Cascadia is the best-selling truck in the United States, but we have to make sure we get it right for Australian conditions.”

And the truck is likely to welcome some firsts including a U.S. truck with an airbag, most likely curtain airbags too.

A full suite of safety features (similar to what’s seen in Mercedes-Benz models) are likely to be available as part of an optional safety pack.

We’ve already reported that the new offering will come with Meritor disc brakes all-round and the truck will be telematics ready too.

The Freightliner Cascadia could potentially even boast an Active Steering/Lane Keep Assist system.

While the truck has been confirmed to be bull-bar compatible.

Final details are still a little way from being confirmed for the Aussie version of the new truck, we will keep you updated as info comes to hand.

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