2012 Freightliner Cascadia – Built To Maximize Bottom Lines

May 7, 2012 by  
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The Freightliner Cascadia began with an open mind and a clean sheet of paper.  The company spent bags of money for benchmarking the competition by conducting and tearing extensive analysis on their trucks and their rivals’ trucks. The findings yielded weaknesses and strengths, and identified best practices, which can be applied to Cascadia. Scores of drivers and customers all through North America participated in its development, providing their real-world knowledge and distinctive insights to the process. Then engineers with years of experience, aided by state-of-the-art simulation and design tools, refined the Cascadia till they got it just right. The result is an aggressively confident step in the direction you are already moving: forward.

The Freightliner Cascadia started life as one of the most thoroughly tested trucks company ever, ensuring its safety, productivity, lasting comfort and durability. Months in the company’s state-of-the-art, proprietary wind tunnel helped define an inspiring efficiency story. The full-scale, first of its kind plant helped validate and refine the superior aerodynamics of 2012 Freightliner Cascadia. Then thousands of miles logged beneath actual operating situations strengthened its bottom line, fuel squeezing advantages.

Major and cab components survived grueling performance tests simulating millions of miles under absolute worst situations you can throw at a truck. The 2012 Cascadia is tremendously strong and sophisticated. Actually, the cab design meets every European and United States crashworthiness standard. The aerodynamic exterior is designed and engineered for enhancing fuel economy and reducing drag. Extensive use of weight saving materials increases payload. Everything about the 2012 Freightliner Cascadia is engineered with total cost of ownership in mind and is designed for building businesses and maximizing bottom lines.

2012 Freightliner Cascadia


The 2012 Freightliner Cascadia is one of the most thoroughly refined and tested trucks ever designed by the company. From bumper to rear of cab, its windswept, graceful lines create lowest drag coefficient of any model yet. Add to that a fuel efficient powerplant, and you can count on lower operating costs, higher profits and maximized efficiency. The Detroit DD15 powertrain and Freightliner Cascadia were engineered to work together, reaching 90 percent peak torque in only 1.5 seconds. BlueTec SCR emissions technology standard with DD15, DD16 and DD13 powerplants, offers extended regeneration intervals for boosting engine longevity and greater fuel economy (up to 5 percent for the DD15 and DD13). With near-zero emissions, BlueTec SCR is the first and only technology, which is as good for the environment as it is for vehicle and business performance.

The 2012 Freightliner Cascadia is also offered with a new heavy duty natural gas Cummins ISX12 G engine that operates on either LNG (liquefied natural gas) or CNG (compressed natural gas), delivering impressive 400 horsepower with jaw-dropping 1,450 pound feet of torque, automatic or manual transmission and optional engine brake. Its radiator/fan is mounted to the powerplant generating less vibration that equates to greater reliability. This enhanced fan shroud packaging reduces stress to the radiator and enables superior air flow as it is no longer subject to frame vibration and twist. The 1625 square-inch, large radiator comes standard. For powerplants more than 500 horsepower, update to the 1750 square-inch radiator and get even more cooling power.

Every element of 2012 Freightliner Cascadia is developed and designed for optimizing reliability, durability and performance. The Cummins ISX15 EPA 2010 powerplant features a completely incorporated system with uncompromised performance and near-zero emissions. The optional Hendrickson AIRTEK front axle suspension, a combination of leaf and air springs allows drivers to cruise over the road without feeling harsh dips or bumps. The stout Hendrickson STEERTEK axle reduces costly tire wear and cuts vibration. On the other hand, the lube free front spring bushings need virtually no maintenance, saving money and time.

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With fewer components, made easier to service and reach throughout the entire truck, you will find a long list of thoughtful design details and reliable components, which keep the 2012 Freightliner Cascadia driving on. The dual functioning, state-of-the-art electrical system combines new diagnostic tools with the best of conventional systems. This evolutionary design enables any technician to access diagnostics, like transmission and engine ECUs (Electronic Control Units) with ease. It is an intelligent design which slashes repair and downtime costs.

The hood opens wide and effortlessly for fast engine access. The standard roped-in windshield can be quickly replaced. With 3-piece design of both the hood and bumper, road debris dings and dents are easily repaired. Since chassis side fairings have quick release hinges, are available in mold-in color and smaller sacrificial parts, fairing replacement and repair is easy and less expensive. If the HVAC is not working, drivers are not working comfortably. The condenser in a usual air conditioning system works under significant pressure, which can wear out compressors, seals and hoses. The HVAC system gets a big condenser for increasing the life of components and reducing system pressure. The robust ventilation system of Cascadia keeps both passengers and driver comfortable. Dashboards, door sills and other high wear areas feature molded-in color materials, so nothing wears off.

2012 Freightliner Cascadia engine

Style & Comfort

The 2012 Freightliner Cascadia has plenty of small, yet smart comforts such as larger doors drivers can fit through easily, easy-to-turn handles and knobs and even when bundled up for bad weather. It makes it easier for drivers to stay comfortable and alert on the road. Drivers come in all sizes and shapes. The Cascadia’s seats are two inches taller, longer and wider unlike most in the industry for a perfect fit. Optional features include a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and a seat heater, swivel and 3-way bolster.

The curved, stiff cab walls of 2012 Freightliner Cascadia reduce vibration noise, while the thick blanket of noise dampening insulation covers everything inside the cockpit. So, if you are asleep in the bunk or behind the wheel, the cab with a high level of insulation as standard is quiet for improved sleep, ultimately safer roads and reduced driver fatigue. Its voluptuous cabin provides a variety of rattle-free, durable cabinet, accessory, workstation options and shelving. There is room for a TV, along with waist level mounted refrigerator for straightforward access.

The Cascadia’s cab is genuinely spacious with 24-inch between seats so drivers can really stretch out. Drivers will appreciate these features, too: Rattle-free shelves that stay put; Fridge at waist level, not below the knees; Plush mattress, 40″ wide x 80″ long; Ample tie-downs and storage pockets and Tall mid-roof design with 78” at the bunk, available in 48″, 60″ and 72″ sleeper lengths.

The sleeper and cab are flooded with standard lamps for business, off-the-clock and safety time: General dome light, Individual driver and passenger seat lights, Dome lights on each side of the bed, Dome lights overhead between the cab and sleeper and Focused work and map light. The Cascadia comes packed with multiple DC outlets for powering driver communications: two optional outlets at the base of bunk and two in the center of dashboard.

  • Class: 8
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 60,600 lbs.
  • Horsepower: 350 to 600 HP
  • Lightweight Options: Aluminum frame rails, Aluminum wheels, Aluminum axle carriers, Aluminum fifth wheels, Wide-base single drive tires, Horizontal exhaust and between-rail plastic battery box
  • Cab/Sleeper Configurations: Day Cab, Raised Roof and XT
  • Axles: Detroit and Meritor
  • Powerplants: Detroit DD13, Detroit DD15, Detroit DD16, Cummins ISX15
  • Transmissions: Manual: Eaton Fuller 9, 8, 13, 10, 18 and 15 speed
  • Suspensions: Taper Leaf, Hendrickson AIRTEK and AirLiner
  • Transmissions Automatic: Allison 3000, 4000 and 4500 series
  • Automated Manual: Eaton Autoshift 10, 13, 18 speeds; Eaton Ultrashift Plus 10 or 13 speeds; Eaton Ultrashift® Plus 18 speed
  • Standard Features: Powerful HVAC system with eight blower speeds, 20 percent greater airflow and six dash-mounted vents; Large, comfortable seats; Overhead storage console; High-tech thermal and noise insulation; Adjustable tilt-telescoping steering column; Cab insulation and pre-stressed walls; Low-mounted dash and sloped hood; Wrap-around dash; Large rear windows — 56″ x 22″ combined viewable area in a day cab application; Steering wheel mounted controls; Up to 50-degree wheel cut; Robust pedestal mirror design with power mirror adjustment; EPA 2010-compliant SCR technology; Optimized aerodynamics; Rugged three-piece bumper; Widely available tool-free standard headlamp bulbs; Gas strut-assisted hood; Detachable three-piece rain tray and quick rear engine access; Power Distribution Center fuses and circuit breakers grouped in a single location; Detroit Virtual Technician remote engine diagnostics and Roped-in windshield
  • Optional Features: Bendix air disc brakes for steer and drive axles; Hendrickson AIRTEK front suspension; Freightliner SmartShift steering column mounted transmission controls for automated transmissions; Wide based single wheel and tire options; Enhanced Stability Control; Three different dash gauge packages with optional driver message center; Qualcomm pre-wire packages; Roll Stability Control; Driver’s Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) steering wheel airbag; LifeGuard RollTek driver and passenger rollover restraint and seat mounted air bag system; Eaton Vorad side object detection system; Wabco OnGuard collision mitigation system; Eaton VS-400 collision warning and adaptive cruise control system; Lane guidance system; ParkSmart battery powered auxiliary HVAC system; Factory installed TriPac Auxillary Power Unit powered by Thermo King and RunSmart Predictive Cruise control

Freightliner trucks are designed and engineered to go the distance. From order sheet to final inspection, the 2012 Freightliner Cascadia endures a rigorous and exacting manufacturing process.

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