New Detroit Medium-Duty Diesel Debuts

Daimler Trucks North America unveiled its new DD8 diesel at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and its Detroit component brand, unveiled the new Detroit DD8 medium-duty engine at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Targeted toward the vocational truck markets the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7 L. inline six-cylinder diesesl available in ratings of 260 to 350 hp, with torques from 660 to 1050 lb. ft. The engine is a completement to the with the medium-duty DD5 engine launched last year and is engineered to provide high fuel efficiency and best-in-class maintenance intervals, DTNA said.  It will launch with both engine and transmission power take-off options required for many vocational applications, the company said.

The DD8 will initially be available in the Freightliner M2106, 108SD and 114SD trucks. Expanded availability into additional DTNA products will come later with future availability planned for Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis, DTNA said.

Vehicles equipped with the DD8 will also incorporate Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service.

“The Detroit DD8 is ideally suited for the vocational applications across the Daimler Trucks North America family of products,” said Kary Schaefer, general manager, Marketing and Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America. “The medium-duty engine options are all about giving our customers added value when making their engine selections. The DD5, and now the DD8, will lead the industry in up-time and fuel efficiency. With these advantages as well as Virtual Technician, we are providing our customers a smart business solution. We are confident that our customers will Demand Detroit in the medium-duty market just as they have in the heavy duty market.”

The Detroit DD8 is scheduled for availability with vehicle production beginning in February 2018, and targets a wide range of vocational applications including, utility/maintenance/repair service, pick-up and delivery, oil field, construction, logging, plow and dump, wrecking, refuse, fire/emergency and recreational vehicles.

DTNA announced in November 2015 a $375 million investment to bring the manufacturing of both proprietary medium-duty engines to its manufacturing facility in Redford, Mich. The facility also produces the Detroit heavy-duty line of engines, and the DT12 automated manual transmission as well as its offering of Detroit axles.