NASHVILLE -- Capacity Trucks has begun building a new terminal tractor that claims greater durability, reliability, serviceability and customization. The current model is scheduled to be phased out by early summer as production increases for the Sabre, so named for its ability to slash operating costs, executives said in an announcement at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Sabre features include a 13% stronger main frame, a lower skid ramp to more easily pick up low-nosed trailers, 30% faster actuation of the fifth-wheel boom, sealed electronic control module with mil-spec connectors, easily replaceable parts, and a more comfortable cab with easier to see and use instruments and controls and better outward visibility.

Sabre prototypes have been extensively tested at the Bosch proving grounds in Indiana, and coupling components and the rear door underwent 96,000 operating cycles at a Clark Testing facility in Michigan, said Scott Lord, Capacity’s president. Development and testing so far has consumed three years, with another three years to go.

“Working with our parent company, ASV, our customers, dealers and employees, we have created one of the most important, evolutionary products in the history of Capacity Trucks,” Lord said. “We’ve built a truck that delivers the lowest total cost of operation, as well as the durability and reliability that are essential to our customers’ success.”

The vehicle is covered by a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and the frame comes with a 10-year structural warranty. The powertrain includes 6.7-liter Cummins ISB and QSB diesels and Allison RDS-3000 automatic transmissions.