Freightliner Rounds Out SD Vocationals

Freightliner is getting serious about the vocational truck market.

Dave Hames, general manager, marketing and strategy, admits that in the past Freightliner was primarily an on-highway company. While the company built a strong reputation in the vocational market with the FLD-SD product line, capacity was often hindered by on-highway production.

That has changed. “Freightliner is committed to vocational trucks,” says Hames. This was evident with the current product offering including the Business Class M2, recently introduced 114SD set-forward axle and Coronado SD.

Two new additions include the set-back axle versions. The 108SD features a 108-in. BBC with a 42-in. set-back axle position while the 114SD features a 114-in. BBC with a standard 31-in. front axle position and an optional 29.5-in. bridge formula configuration.

The 108SD is propelled by either the Cummins ISB or ISC engine, which provide 200 to 350 hp and 520 to 1,000 lb./ft. of torque. Axle ratings range from 10,000 to 20,000 lbs. for front axles. Single and tandem rear axle options range from 21,000 to 46,000 lbs.

The 114SD offers a choice of Detroit Diesel DD13, Cummins ISC or ISL. The DD13 offers a power range from 350 to 450 hp and 1,250 to 1,650 lb./ft. of torque. The Cummins options provide a power range from 260 to 380 hp and 660 to 1,300 lb. ft. of torque.

The new SD family incorporates a steel reinforced aluminum cab and unique chassis packaging with options such as front frame extensions and radiator-mounted grilles for body attachment applications. Front and rear power take-offs and body specific chassis layouts match the truck to the application. A complete offering of single and double channel frame rails feature a tensile strength of up to 120,000 psi and an RBM rating up to 4.4 million in.-lbs. per rail.

The 114SD and 108SD offer a shorter BBC, smaller engine offering and unique chassis packaging solutions. Combined with the Coronado SD, Freightliner now offers a complete solution for all vocational applications by BBC, engine displacement and axle capacity, 

Video: Freightliner Vocational Truck Line Introduction