Sterling Truck Corp. is planning to introduce a line of low cab-forward (LCF) trucks next month at the National Truck Equipment Assn. (NTEA) convention in Atlanta. The truck was developed with Mitsubishi Fuso, which, like Sterling, is now a DaimlerChrysler AG operation.

According to a Sterling Truck spokesperson, the trucks will be distinct from their Mitsubishi Fuso counterparts in terms of specs, appearance and positioning.

The Class 3, 4 and 5 vehicles will be rolled out this spring at select Sterling dealerships across North America. According to Sterling, the LCFs will make it the only OEM to offer a full line of Class 3 to 8 commercial vehicles.

The Sterling LCF line is being touted for low operating cost and competitive price points against competitors, said Chris Patterson, president & CEO of Sterling's parent company, Freightliner LLC. He also said the trucks will boast the flexibility to handle a variety of configurations for popular applications such as dry vans, reefers, and stake bodies.

John Merrifield, senior vp-distribution for Freightliner LLC and former vp-sales for Sterling, said the new LCFs would be available with 4.9-liter diesel engines, 6-sp. automatic transmissions, and up to five wheelbases to accommodate 12- to 20-ft. bodies.

“We've also made the entire purchasing process easy for our busy customers,” Merrifield said. “The trucks can be purchased directly off dealership lots, while our dealers can provide expert pre- and post-sale support demanded by commercial truck owners.”