Freightliner Trucks Announces Availability of Higher Horsepower Engines for the Coronado®

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PORTLAND, OREGON…Freightliner Trucks announced today the immediate availability of two new horsepower ratings for the Coronado® heavy-duty vehicle. The Caterpillar® “King of the Hill” C15 engine is now available with industry-leading horsepower ratings for Freightliner Trucks’ flagship owner/operator vehicle, the Coronado.

The C15 engine from Caterpillar offers 600hp with 1850 lb-ft of torque or 625hp with 2050 lb-ft of torque, further expanding the Coronado’s performance capabilities in the most extreme heavy-duty applications. These ratings are governed at 2100 rpm.

“These higher-horsepower ratings from Caterpillar offer our customers more power to get the job done,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “It’s a great component option for our Coronado, a favorite among North American owner-operators for its ability to handle the toughest jobs and heaviest loads with superior ride and handling, unique styling and outstanding customer support.”

The Coronado’s oversized 1500-square-inch radiator provides superior cooling capacity for these high horsepower C15 engines. Additionally, the Coronado offers improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency and the sloped, curved windshield allows for optimal air flow over the cab and exceptional visibility. The Coronado also provides excellent maneuverability with a 50-degree wheel cut.

Engineered with Freightliner’s standard AirLiner rear suspension, the Coronado offers first-class ride and handling. Also standard is a taperleaf front spring suspension that enhances ride quality. A front AirLiner suspension is optional. Combined with the horsepower ratings of the C15 engine, the Coronado offers a smooth ride with superior power.

The Caterpillar “King of the Hill” C15 engine has a unique camshaft, piston and injectors with the next-generation Caterpillar electronic control module (ECM).

The Coronado also offers easy access to the engine compartment, enabling quick service with ample room under the hood for technician comfort. The hood of the Coronado is extremely easy to lift due to a torsion-spring mechanism. This mechanism provides an additional lifting force that assists in raising the hood up over the center of gravity from its neutral position.

Additionally, mud flaps and splash shields on the Coronado are mounted to the hood, not the chassis, to improve engine access when the hood is open. The updated diagnostic engine features, paired with the Coronado’s easy-access engine compartment, enables quick and thorough serviceability.

The C15 engine is certified and compliant to the EPA 2004 standards. Additionally, the C15 uses ACERT technology to reduce emissions while supplying reliability and durability. These features add to the Freightliner Coronado’s already outstanding efficiency and performance.

The Coronado is available with Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines with up-to 550 horsepower as standard. The Caterpillar “King of the Hill” C15 600 horsepower or 625 horsepower engines are optional.

“The Coronado has a reputation for being a stylish and classy vehicle, but it also offers excellent efficiency and performance capabilities under the most demanding circumstances, no questions asked,” Lampert adds.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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