Available in gross vehicle weight ratings from 16,000 to 26,000 pounds, the new Business Class M2 100 is ideal for a variety of mid-range truck applications, including pickup and delivery, food and beverage distribution, towing and general services.
The new vehicle was introduced last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
"The Business Class M2 100 further expands the versatility of the new Freightliner medium-duty product line with a vehicle that suits a variety of urban and P&D applications," said Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Freightliner.
Introduced in February 2002, the Business Class M2 line is also available in 106-inch and 112-inch BBC configurations. The company began production of the Business Class M2 106 last year.
According to Lampert, the Business Class M2 100 is built to excel in applications where visibility and maneuverability are top priorities. The truck's cab position allows for a shorter wheelbase to further decrease turning radius with an up-to-55-degree wheel cut. In addition, the truck features a dramatically sloped hood with 2500-square inch windshield for superb visibility.
Contributing to driver productivity and safety is the Business Class M2 100's roomy cab and completely redesigned heating/cooling/ventilation system, which keeps drivers comfortable and productive. In addition, the truck's wider, taller doors provide easy cab ingress and egress.
The truck's rugged aluminum cab is lightweight and corrosion-resistant. The truck's doors are designed to withstand punishing daily use. Strong frame rails stand up to demanding operations.
An advanced, multiplexed wiring system eliminates large wiring bundles, contributing to greater reliability and simple diagnostics. A new air manifold unit reduces the number of air lines in the cab, delivering greater reliability and performance.
The Business Class M2 100 comes standard with the MBE900 engine from Mercedes-Benz. Four- and six-cylinder MBE900 engines are available with horsepower ratings from 170 to 250 and torque from 420 to 660 lb./ft.
A wide range of transmissions is available including the MBT 6-speed manual transmissions from Mercedes-Benz, Eaton-Fuller 6- or 7-speed manuals, and Allison automatic transmissions. Front-axle ratings range from 6,000 to 10,000 lbs. while rear axle ratings range from 10,000 pounds to 17,500 lbs. The truck is available with 19.5-inch wheels.
Production of the Business Class M2 100 begins in April 2003.