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Freightliner introduces Coronado higher productivity combination

In response to demand from the local market for higher productivity vehicles, Freightliner Australia has introduced a new Coronado 114 short wheelbase tipper for both general or Performance-Based-Standards (PBS) level 2 access.

Freightliner has joined forces with a local body builder to develop a combination that falls within the crucial overall length envelope of 19-metres.

This means the Coronado tipper and quad-dog can run either as a general access vehicle at 50.5 tonnes gross combination mass (GCM) or under PBS at 57.5 tonnes GCM with level 2 route access.

Freightliner has introduced the new model after it performed well in a local evaluation program.

According to Freightliner Australia Director, Stephen Downes, the Coronado 114 short wheelbase tipper will lift productivity.

“The Coronado 114 short wheelbase truck is a great example of Freightliner Australia working to develop a truck that is just right for the needs of our local operators,” said Downes.

“We had a lot of feedback from operators suggesting they really like the Coronado 114 as a tipper and dog, but would appreciate the option of running general access or PBS level 2 for productivity gains, so we got to work.”

In order to meet the length requirements, Freightliner engineers started with a shorter chassis and fitted a space-saving horizontal exhaust. They also relocated the batteries from the chassis rail and under the passenger seat and replaced the single fuel tank with two compact tanks, one on either side of the chassis. In addition, the wheelbase was shortened by 500mm to 4,800mm.

These changes not only opened up the 50.5 tonnes general access and 57.5 tonnes PBS Level 2 classifications, but also reduced the already low tare weight and further improved the truck’s turning circle.

The Coronado 114 higher productivity tipper is fitted with the trusted Detroit DD15 six-cylinder engine that generates up to 560hp and 1,850lbft of torque.

It can be ordered with an 18-speed Eaton manual or 18-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission (AMT).


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