Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), along with its component brand Detroit, unveiled the new Detroit DD8 Medium-Duty Engine at the 2017 Work Truck Show. Aimed at the vocational truck markets the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7-liter in-Line, six-cylinder medium-duty engine. It boasts a horsepower range of 260 to 350 hp and a torque range of 660 to 1050 lbs.-ft.
The DD8 will expand on the Detroit medium-duty platform that was launched last year with the DD5. In addition, the DD8 will launch with both engine and transmission power-take-off options required for many vocational applications.
The DD8 will initially be available in the Freightliner M2106, 108SD and 114SD models. Expanded availability into additional DTNA products will come later with future availability planned for Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis.
Vehicles equipped with the DD8 will feature Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service. Virtual Technician helps fleets make informed maintenance decisions, so that they only service their vehicles when needed. In the case that a vehicle does need to go into the shop, Virtual Technician, with the backing of the experts at the Detroit Customer Support Center, provides access to the most in-depth information available to get the vehicle repaired as accurately and quickly as possible, improving uptime.
The Detroit DD8 is scheduled for availability with vehicle production beginning in February 2018, and targets a wide range of vocational applications including utility/maintenance/repair service, pick-up and delivery, oil field, construction, logging, plow and dump, wrecking, refuse, fire/emergency and recreational vehicles.