Freightliner Trucks recently unveiled enhancements to its Classic and Classic XL truck models. The Class 8 vehicles are using a new chassis design now in production, and the upgrade will usher in new benefits in ride, maneuverability and handling for the driver-oriented trucks.

The new chassis design incorporated in the Classic and Classic XL trucks provides for a smoother ride, quieter performance, enhanced maneuverability and a stronger frame, Freightliner said.

A new leaf-and-a-half taper-leaf front suspension with a lower dynamic rate helps to smooth out rough roads. The Freightliner AirLiner front air suspension is now available on the Classic XL. In addition, the cab suspension features larger rear air springs. Day cabs feature an air-ride cab mount as standard.

New front cab mounts dampen vibration, while the new rear cab air ride suspension and improved engine mounts add to quiet and comfort.

The chevron-shaped engine mount, made of natural rubber, minimizes the transmission of engine vibration. The front cab isolator housing dampens vibration. Reduced interior noise is achieved through use of sound-dampening materials on the cab floor and firewall

Most axle configurations feature narrow, high-pressure steering gears, giving the tires more room to turn. Set-forward front axles are offered in a variety of wheelbases.

Diesel options include Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar; larger radiators have been spec'd to provide the cooling capacity needed for the new engines.

The new Classic and Classic XL units are available as day cabs or sleepers. www.freightliner.com or circle 297