Freightliner Trucks has introduced the next evolution of its medium-duty and vocational trucks, the Business Class M2. A completely new line of Class 5-8 trucks, the Business Class M2 succeeds Freightliner’s Business Class line that was introduced in 1991.
The Business Class M2 will serve a multitude of industries and commercial truck applications – local and regional distribution, food & beverage delivery, fire and emergency services, fuel oil delivery, utilities, government services, towing and recovery and agriculture among others.
“Freightliner is taking medium-duty and vocational truck design another step forward to help deliver maximum returns for our customers,” said Rainer Schmueckle, president and CEO of Freightliner.
Over the next two years, Freightliner Trucks will introduce numerous Business Class M2 configurations, which can be customized to a broad range of commercial truck applications.
Freightliner is rolling out the Business Class M2 in a 106-inch BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab) configuration. Extended cabs and crew cabs will be available in late 2002. A 100-inch BBC model and a 112-inch BBC model will be available in 2003.
The new Class 5-8 vehicle was unveiled at a Freightliner Trucks dealer meeting and press event in Phoenix, Ariz.
Key features of the new Business Class M2 include: a low lightweight aluminum cab, sloped hood and large, 2500-square-inch windshield; an enhanced up-to-55-degree wheel cut; a roomier cab and a completely redesigned heating/ cooling/ventilation system; an advanced, multiplexed wiring system and new air manifold unit; and a standard Mercedes-Benz engine in 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder.
Freightliner will begin taking orders for 106-inch BBC Business Class M2 models immediately. Limited production will begin in June.
The Business Class M2 will be built at Freightliner’s Mt. Holly, N.C., truck manufacturing plant, the site of current Business Class production.