2020 Freightliner® Cascadia® Evolution Base
2020 Freightliner® Cascadia® Evolution
Fuel EfficiencyThe Cascadia Evolution: Fuel Efficiency Redefined
The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution sets the industry benchmark for long-haul applications that demand the highest level of fuel efficiency.Proven Performance
The Cascadia Evolution reached the 10 MPG mark with a load of 76,000 pounds on a test track. Then, it went on to hit 9.31 MPG in real-world conditions on a cross country tour with a full load. The Cascadia Evolution demonstrates a seven percent increase in fuel economy over the original EPA10-compliant Cascadia.Integrated Powertrain Technology
Detroit has designed, engineered and manufactured the DD15® engine, DT12™transmission and a full line of Detroit™ axles to work together as one integrated Detroit™ Powertrain in the Cascadia Evolution.
SafetyCustomer Testimonial: Liquid Trucking
Freightliner works with Liquid Trucking to spec their Freightliners with roll stability, which is especially important for keeping trucks upright when hauling liquids.Safety Hits the Road
The Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems includes driver-friendly controls and seamlessly integrates into the truck’s dashboard, engine and transmission electronics.Keeping Drivers Safe
The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution features an ergonomic cab layout with backlit LED gauges that are easy to read both day and night. The truck also features steering-wheel-mounted controls for cruise, marker lights, engine break. The Driver Message Center helps drivers focus on the road ahead.
ConnectivityA New Level of Connectivity
The Detroit™ Connect Virtual Technician? remote diagnostic system removes guesswork from repairs, enabling drivers and fleets to quickly and accurately understand warning lights.Data Driven Decisions
The Detroit™ Connect portal provides users additional information about overall fleet health, while enabling them to dive deeper into specific fault events. Detroit Connect delivers actionable insights on engine, vehicle, driver, trip and fleet performance.
QualityQuality Drives Success
Freightliner® trucks are manufactured using the latest technology, including robotics, automated systems and factory laser alignment, to achieve precision results. Quality control steps include dyno testing of all Detroit™ engines and trucks to ensure maximum performance.Long-Haul Reliability, Delivered Daily
Quality matters. At Freightliner, advanced manufacturing technologies ensure comprehensive structural integrity, reliability and durability.
UptimeCustomer Testimonial: Brossard Leasing
Brossard Leasing depends on the Freightliner dealer network to lower its Real Cost of Ownership. The Cascadia Evolution delivers the reliability Brossard needs to do business.
Features may include:Engines:
- Detroit™ DD13® (Day Cab only)
- Manual Eaton Fuller®: 8 speed/9 speed/10 speed/13 speed/15 speed/18 speed
- Automated Manual: Detroit™ DT12® 12 speed
- Automatic: Allison® 3000, 4000 and 4500 series
First-generation Freightliner Cascadia
|Manufacturer||Daimler Trucks North America|
|Assembly||Cleveland, North Carolina, United States and Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico|
|Engine||Detroit DD13/15/16, Cummins ISX15 EPA|
|Transmission||Detroit DT12 (Automated Manual)|
Eaton Fuller 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 18 speed (Manual)
Eaton AutoShift 10, 13 or 18 speeds (Automated Manual)
Eaton UltraShift Plus 10, 13, 18 Speeds (Automated Manual)
Allison® 3000, 4000 and 4500 series (Automatic)
|Predecessor||Freightliner Columbia, Freightliner Century|
The Freightliner Cascadia is a heavy-dutysemi-trailer truck and the flagship model of Freightliner. Its design took fuel efficiency into greater consideration, and several other features including the powertrain offerings, sound mitigation, safety systems, and overall mechanical reliability were improved from its predecessors. It is offered in three basic configurations: Day Cab, Mid-Roof XT, and Raised Roof. The latter two models are sleeper cabs, offered in various lengths ranging from 48 to 72 inches (Raised Roof models 60” or 72” lengths only). The Cascadia was sold chiefly in North America until 2020, when an export version primarily geared towards the Australian and New Zealand markets was introduced.  Prior to the introduction of the export variant, its place remained occupied by the Freightliner Century (no longer in US production) for export markets.
The Cascadia Evolution is a more fuel-efficient version of the Cascadia, released in 2013 and equipped with the latest aerodynamic improvements of the time, as well as enhanced driver comfort and convenience features, such as a redesigned and easier to read instrument cluster, brand new seats with better back and lumbar support, ergonomically repositioned dashboard switches with larger, higher contrast text, and an available battery-powered auxiliary HVAC system from Thermo King, designed to reduce overnight engine idling, both saving fuel and reducing noise while drivers are asleep.
In 2017, the Cascadia received a major design revision for the 2018 model year. The general design of the body is the same except for revised chassis fairings and longer cab extenders. The 2018 Cascadia's hood cowl has a more sculpted design, and also carries the new, more aggressively styled, all-LED headlights and a larger, bolder grille, as well as more aerodynamic hood mirrors. The front bumper is redesigned to match the new hood, and better bumper air dams were installed.[unreliable source?]
Interior wise, the truck received a complete overhaul. An all-new dashboard and new, even more, ergonomic seats both make the truck very driver-centric and provide superior visibility. The Cascadia's sleeper contains a larger bunk, redesigned storage cabinets, new, aircraft-inspired dimmable LED ceiling lights; standard in raised roof sleepers; and the available "Driver's Loft" feature, which adds a collapsible table and two collapsible seats, all of which stow neatly underneath an extra-wide Murphy-style bunk. If equipped with an upper bunk, the raised roof sleeper also includes a standard telescopic ladder for easier access to the top bunk.
Battery-powered HVAC systems remain an option, however, in addition to the Thermo King units seen on the Cascadia Evolution, Freightliner now offers an internally manufactured equivalent system as well.
Other features of the truck include the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, ultra-quiet door and window seals, a single panel windshield, all LED marker lights and taillights, and a suite of active and passive safety systems, including blind-spot monitoring, collision mitigation system, lane-keeping assistance, and more.
The second-generation Cascadia is available in the same three configurations as its predecessors, Day Cab, Mid-roof XT, and Raised Roof.
The e-Cascadia is an all-electric truck variant of the Cascadia, scheduled for mass production release in 2021, with 250 mi (400 km) of Class-8 range, using 550 kWh batteries, and 730 hp (540 kW) peak horse power, with charging to 80% in 90 minutes (200 mi (320 km)). It has a load capacity GCWR of 80,000 lb (36,000 kg), and will compete with Tesla's own offering, the Semi.
In August 2019, the first two eCascadias were delivered to customers in California as part of field tests. The manufacturer stated these trucks are built "to test the integration of battery-electric trucks [into] large-scale fleet operations". One of the customers, Penske, will be operating the truck "in regional traffic in Southern California" while the other, NFI, will use it in drayage operations at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.
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Already the undisputed Class 8 sales leader, the 2020 Freightliner Cascadia arriving this fall is a technological tour de force that allows the truck to do most of the work of driving.
For fleets focused on fuel savings, an optional aerodynamic package smooths the exterior and closes gaps on the cab and chassis to push wind up and over the truck. The result is up to 5 percent better fuel efficiency than the comparable 2019 model. The latest-generation Cascadia gets 35 percent better fuel efficiency than the first-generation model from 2007.
The 2020 Cascadia from Daimler Trucks North America comes in six configurations, ranging from a 116-inch day cab to a 126-inch sleeper cab with a 72-inch raised roof.
Four engine options feature between 350 to 605 horsepower with up to 2,050 pound-feet of torque. The gross combination weight (GCW) of the tractor and a loaded trailer is a maximum of 60,600 pounds.
The standard Detroit DT12 automated transmission features predictive cruise control. The engine holds constant torque over subtle grades a driver may think are flat to reduce unnecessary engine load.
First to Level 2 automation
The big story of the 2020 Cascadia is its automated driving assistance system (ADAS), named “Best Transportation Technology” at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Cascadia is the first production truck that can accelerate, decelerate and steer by itself.
The ADAS system qualifies as Level 2 partially automated technology as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Level 2 automation requires the driver to stay engaged and monitor the environment at all times.
The optional system designed by Daimler’s Detroit engine and technology unit integrates antilock brakes with cameras and radar signals to keep the vehicle in its lane and automatically regulate the speed from 65 mph to zero without the driver taking action.
Bumper-mounted radar and a high-definition camera at the top of the windshield work together to track up to 40 objects at a range of about 800 feet. The radar prioritizes six objects. The camera focuses on four. The data feed refreshes about 200 times per second.
Hands and feet
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) combined with predictive cruise control makes better use of kinetic energy and minimizes brake use. The ACC automatically sets a following distance of 3.6 seconds. A driver manually can adjust it to as little as 2.4 seconds.
A driver can keep his feet on the floor and remove his hands from the steering wheel for up to 15 seconds. The rest of the time he can rest his hands on the wheel as it steers by itself.
“This is very easy to get used to and relieves a lot of the stress of driving,” said Steve Sturgess, a veteran driver who test drove the 2020 Cascadia earlier this year.
Looking for hip movements
In rush-hour traffic congestion, the truck will creep along without driver intervention. If traffic stops, the truck will stop and hold its place. If traffic resumes in less than two seconds, the truck will begin moving too. Longer stops require the driver to hit a button on the steering wheel.
When pedestrians are present, the system’s camera looks for hip movements because someone focused on a smartphone is typically not moving his arms. The driver gets visual and audible warnings when a pedestrian enters the truck’s path. The automatic emergency brakes pulse. If the driver doesn’t take action, the truck stops itself.
Stay in your lane
The Cascadia’s optional lane-departure warning system activates above 37 mph. The camera system detects reflective paint and raised reflectors in lane markers. Crossing a lane without a turn signal activates a visual warning on the instrument panel and an audible warning from the left or right. If the driver ignores the warnings, the brakes nudge the truck back into its lane.
When the system detects an object on the passenger side, a yellow triangle illuminates in the right-side pillar and on the driver’s information display. If the driver drifts to the right or indicates a right-side lane change, the display turns red and an audible warning sounds.
With the adaptive cruise control system activated, a lane-keeping assist feature uses small movements to center the Cascadia within its lane. The system works at all speeds, but sharp curves can baffle it. The driver can disable the function.
Daimler developed its first ADAS system in 2014. The latest version is called Detroit Assurance 5.0. Many competitors use the Wingman Fusion system from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems or ADAS offerings from Wabco Holdings Inc. or ZF Friedrichstrafen.
Every 2020 Cascadia comes with a standard A-pillar deflector that moves air down the side of the tractor. The deflector also helps keep side windows clean.
On the bumper, tow hook covers reduce the amount of air entering the front of the truck.
Optional aerodynamic features include 20- or 24-inch sealed side extenders that smooth airflow from the cab to the front of the extenders. A roof fairing deflector follows the path of the side extenders to improve airflow between the top of the truck and trailer. Wheel fairings close the gap between the tandem tires and the side of the truck. The front bumper is only 4 inches off the ground. It snaps back into place if dislodged.
Freightliner claims its optional system that automatically lowers the suspension height of the cab 1 inch at 55 mph is an industry first. At highway speeds, the truck rides lower, reducing drag from air moving under it. At 45 mph, the truck returns to its original ride height.
About three of four 2020 Cascadia orders include the standard Detroit Assurance 5.0 system, a Daimler spokesman said. The company is conducting demonstration events around the U.S. to introduce customers to the optional safety and fuel-saving systems.
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