GAFFNEY, S.C…Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) announced the launch of the MT-45 Straight Rail (SR) diesel chassis, a new version of the MT-45, the most popular diesel chassis in the walk-in van industry.
According to Dean Schaper, FCCC Director of Sales and Marketing, the MT-45 SR was developed as a direct result of customer input. “We used the input from our customers to take the market leader in diesel walk-in van-chassis and make it even better,” Schaper said.
The significant difference between the MT-45 and MT-45 SR is in the new chassis’ straight rail chassis frame. The eight-inch steel straight-rail frame is designed to enhance the chassis’ overall strength and reliability.
The MT-45 SR is a medium-duty chassis offering a gross vehicle weight rating of between 14,140 and 19,000 pounds. It can accept bodies of up to 22 feet in load length and volumes of up to 950 cubic feet. Its payload capacity is a hefty 10,000 pounds. All of this makes the MT-45 SR ideal for applications requiring large volumes and heavy goods.
As advanced as the MT-45 SR is, it retains the quality and many of the prior MT-45’s features. “Reliability, product integrity and long life were three top priorities in our design parameters,” Schaper said. “By adhering to them, we were able to create a chassis that excels in the 14,000-pound to 19,000-pound GVW walk-in van market.”
A major advantage of the MT-45 SR is its 50-degree wheel cut, which is the best in the industry. It makes the chassis highly maneuverable, allowing for a tighter turning radius and contributing to quicker delivery stops.
Also standard on the MT-45 SR chassis is the Mercedes-Benz MBE900 170-hp diesel engine. The engine delivers exceptional fuel efficiency while providing superior lifecycle durability and longevity. Also, with maintenance intervals of 15,000 miles, the MBE900 requires maintenance less often than other engines.
Other notable features of the MT-45 SR include multiplex instrumentation wiring with full diagnostics, which also reduces maintenance durations; an Allisonâ 1000 Series automatic transmission for smooth, precise shifting and better fuel economy; a heavy-duty, long-life TRWâ steering column; and, to speed up maintenance, easy access to engine components.
Dean Schaper noted that customers, dealers and OEMs alike will benefit from the new MT-45 SR diesel walk-in van. Its reduced maintenance cycles, combined with its improved fuel efficiency, durability and maneuverability, can significantly cut lifecycle costs, boost productivity and help widen profit margins.
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, based in Gaffney, South Carolina, manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.