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Renowned for its low cost of ownership, Cascadia is the best-selling heavy-duty truck in the United States with a commanding 40% market share. Soon to arrive in NZ, Kiwi operators will also be able to enjoy the same benefits to their bottom lines

The all-new Freightliner Cascadia is one of the most advanced trucks in the world. Cascadia has been engineered from the ground up to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency, safety, comfort, and connectivity. With more than one million hours of research and development and over a million kilometres of real-world testing.

Keith Andrews has two Cascadia models for sale in New Zealand – the 505hp 6x2 Cascadia 116 and 600hp 6x4 Cascadia 126.

American muscle meets Euro 6 efficiency

At the heart of the Cascadia 126, the 15.6L Detroit DD16 engine is the biggest, toughest, most powerful engine Detroit has ever produced.

With a wide, flat torque curve, and delivering up to 600hp and 2,780Nm, it handles the hardest jobs you can throw at it, with exceptional efficiency and reassuring reliability.

The 12.8L Detroit DD13, fitted to Cascadia 116, is packed with smart design features to make the most of every litre.

Both engines feature an integrated Jacobs brake with three levels of engine braking, delivering enhanced downhill control, shorter stopping distances, and reduced wear on service brakes, tyres and other components.

Transmission statement

With millions of kilometres under its belt, the DT12 automated manual transmission is proven around the world, electronically selecting the best shift patterns to provide optimal power and fuel efficiency for your Freightliner.

The latest generation DT12 features optimised gearing for higher torque, better low-speed manoeuvrability, and improved down-speeding capability, a new oil pump and sump for better oil flow, and reduced parasitic loss, and an optional side PTO.

Advantages at a glance:

  • Skip Shift automatically skips gears to reach cruising speed sooner.
  • Creep Mode simulates a torque converter to improve low-speed manoeuvrability.
  • Lightweight design benefits payload.
  • Eco and Power settings.

Setting safety standards

There’s nothing more important than making sure those behind the wheel stay safe – it’s why Freightliner designed Cascadia to be one of the safest vehicles on the road. Heightened safety also helps reduce downtime for accident repairs. Protecting drivers and operators’ bottom lines is what Cascadia is all about.

Advanced safety features as standard:

  • Detroit Assurance 5.0 collision mitigation.
  • Meritor air disc brakes.
  • Active Brake Assist 5.0.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Tailgate Warning.

Optional safety features:

  • Active Lane Assist.
  • Lane Departure Protection.
  • Lane Keep Assist.
  • Side Guard Assist.

Maximum comfort for maximum productivity

Cascadia day cabs combine safety and functionality for peace of mind. A range of mid-roof and raised-roof sleeper options are also available. An optional driver lounge space features dual-seat dining/working areas with table and large, fold-down bed.