The new Cascadia is the most advanced truck Freightliner has ever designed, and will further lower the Real Cost of Ownerships for customers. Freightliner leveraged the global expertise of Daimler AG, as well as conducted hundreds of hours of testing in Daimler Trucks North America’s proprietary, state-of-the-art wind tunnel and millions of miles of real-world on-highway testing, to evaluate and design the new Cascadia.
Many of the new Cascadia enhancements are the direct result of feedback from customers, dealers, service technicians and historical data
When developing the new Cascadia, engineers set a priority goal of achieving significant fuel savings over the already industry-leading Cascadia Evolution by conducting robust testing, research and development.
The new Cascadia is available with the integrated Detroit™ Powertrain, which combines the fuel-efficient downsped 400 hp/1,750 lb/ft. of torque Detroit™ DD15® or Detroit™ DD13® engines with the Detroit™ DT12™ automated manual transmission, Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM4) and corresponding Detroit™ steer and rear tandem axles. The new Detroit rear axles have features such as lower sump volume, gear-set coating, friction reducing gear cutting and optional Axle Lubrication Management that reduces parasitic loss and improves fuel economy.
The new DT12 has also been updated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce friction by using super-finished gears and use of low viscosity transmission oil. It also features the latest generation of intelligent powertrain management (IPM4), which uses a GPS-based system to anticipate upcoming road terrain and maximize the powertrain’s ability to utilize fuel most effectively.
World-Class Aerodynamic Design
The new Cascadia has a fresh, aerodynamic shape with dozens of sleek new updates, selected specifically to push fuel efficiency to the next level. Standard enhancements such as an upper door seal, elliptical-shaped mirrors, sloped hood, bumper with integrated air deflector and integrated antennas all minimize drag. The optional Aero and AeroX packages provide additional aerodynamic benefits to manage airflow, including longer side extenders, lower chassis fairings, drive wheel covers and proprietary-designed wheel fairings.
When you take a look at the new Cascadia, you’ll first note its modern lines and refined styling. But take a closer look, and you’ll see the attention that was given to every detail of the truck to create an aerodynamic vehicle that will reap bottom line benefits for our customers.
Focusing on the Driver Experience: Inside and Out
The new Cascadia is loaded with improvements ranging from the layout of the gauges and switches in the driver compartment to features inside the sleeper area, including a new Driver’s Loft configuration.
Steering and handling have been improved with the driver in mind. A new front suspension provides a smoother ride and improved roll stiffness, and the steering gear is now located further forward to help improve steering precision and ultimately lead to less driver fatigue.
The original Cascadia is one of the quietest trucks on the road; the new Cascadia is even quieter, thanks to new noise abatement technology. To further improve the truck’s interior sound level, Freightliner engineers have developed an optional insulation package using 3M Thinsulate™ technology. Additionally, a new engine mount design provides better vibration isolation and the engine tunnel cover is now constructed using Quiet Steel® technology.
Using a full LED system, the Cascadia’s innovative new headlights incorporate LEDs in the low beam, high beam, daytime running lamp, park lamp and turn signal lamp. The LED provides an impressive field of view in nighttime and bad weather conditions, which enables drivers to better distinguish objects in the road as well as reduce eye strain.
The optional Detroit™ Assurance 4.0 suite of safety systems includes Active Brake Assist that now provides full braking on stationary objects, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning with optional video capture. This proprietary safety suite includes driver-friendly controls and is seamlessly integrated into the truck’s dashboard, engine and transmission electronics and can enhance driver safety by mitigating collisions.