New Business Class M2 unveiled at GATS

Oct. 1, 2004
Freightliner Trucks announced the addition of the new Business Class M2 106V vocational vehicle to the Business Class M2 product line. This latest addition

Freightliner Trucks announced the addition of the new Business Class M2 106V vocational vehicle to the Business Class M2 product line. This latest addition to the Business Class M2 product line comes two-and-a-half years after the launch of the M2 truck platform. The new truck was unveiled at the Great American Trucking Show September 10-12.

The Business Class M2 106V complements the Business Class M2 112V, which was launched in the second quarter of 2004. The M2 106V and 112V are designed for specialized applications that require heavy-duty, front-end stability and power. The M2 V truck models can be used for snow plow and crane operations, along with construction, agriculture, fire and emergency, refuse, utility and municipal, and governmental services.

The 106V incorporates all of the same key features as the Business Class 112V in a smaller, versatile package. Features include a front engine power take-off provision for powering snow plows, refuse packers, cranes, and utility equipment. Additionally, front frame extensions, offering up to 3.7 million inch-pounds of RBM (resisting bending moment), provide a solid mounting point for hydraulic pumps, winches, front stabilizers, and snowplows. These integral frame extensions are offered in 6-, 12- and 24-inch increments.

Multiplex wiring

The new M2 106V features the Freightliner Trucks Multiplex Wiring System for ease of service and maximum customization. This wiring system enables body builders to modify the PTO interlocks with software instead of designing a new harness. A clean back-of-cab allows for easy body installation while exhaust stacks can be mounted on the right or left side, vertically or horizontally.

As part of the Business Class M2 product line, the new M2 106V lightweight aluminum cab maximizes payload and resists corrosion. The Business Class M2 106V also features a standard stationary grille and optional hood access hatches for ease of service.

The M2 106V offers an up-to 55-degree wheel-cut, allowing for maximum agility while the 2500-square-inch windshield and low-profile dash provides an expansive view. Fresnel windows are available for a wide-angle passenger-side view.

The Business Class M2 106V comes standard with Freightliner's proprietary 6.4-liter Mercedes-Benz MBE 906 engine, which offers up to 260 horsepower, 520-700 pound-feet of torque, and excellent fuel economy. The 7.2-liter MBE 926, with up to 330 horsepower and 800-1000 pound-feet of torque, is available as an option along with the Caterpillar C7 and C9 engines. A full range of transmission options are available, including the Eaton Fuller manual, Allison automatic, and the Mercedes-Benz Automated Gear Shift.

The new M2 106V is particularly effective for jobs that require increased front-end stability. Available with front suspension ratings up to 20,000 lb and single or dual steering gears, the M2 106V is able to take on jobs previously unsuited for a truck its size.

A complete front axle selection, rated from 10,000 to 20,000 lb, is available on the new M2 106V. Rear axles ranging from 21,000 to 46,000 lb are offered, rounding out the vehicle's ability for heavy-duty applications.

To reduce road vibration and increase driver comfort, the Business Class M2 106V comes standard with leaf-spring cab suspension, with an option for air-ride cab suspension. Multi-leaf or taper-leaf front suspension is available as well as Freightliner's AirLiner or TufTrac rear suspension systems, with front suspension ratings from 10,000 to 20,000 lb and rear suspension ratings from 21,000 to 46,000 lb.

The new Business Class M2 106V also features a standard 1,000-square-inch radiator. The radiator is raised up so that the PTO shaft coming out of the engine runs under the radiator rather than through it for enhanced cooling capacity and optimal packaging within the engine compartment.

The new M2 106V offers many ergonomic advantages. A wing dash is available as an option, bringing controls and gauges closer to the driver for greater efficiency. The standard, high-back air-ride driver's seat provides a smooth and comfortable ride, and the advanced HVAC system and insulation package protects against noise and temperature extremes.

The new Business Class M2 106V is available in Day Cab, Crew Cab, and Extended Cab configurations with optional front and rear bench seating. Air-suspended and SCBA seats are available in most seating positions.

Production of the Business Class M2 106V began in the third quarter of 2004 at the Mount Holly, North Carolina, Freightliner Manufacturing Plant.