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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., will unveil a Mercedes engine and a “lowered engine option” on its XC diesel chassis at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky.
The lowered engine on the XC chassis will allow OEMs to design flat floors in the rear of coaches.
“We continue to strive to be the leader in developing improvements to the ride and handling of our XC chassis,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing.
FCCC will introduce the 330-hp Mercedes MBE 926 diesel engine with an optional electronically controlled fan clutch that the company says will drastically reduce noise while improving fuel economy.
Also on display at Louisville will be a newly designed TAG chassis that features ZF independent front suspension — this results in a 56-degree wheel cut – plus a load proportioning system providing improved handling, a tighter turn radius and balanced weight distribution.
In addition, the Bendix Air Disc Brake System has become an option available on all Freightliner chassis models “and is designed to dramatically shorten stopping distances as well as minimize brake fade,” according to the company.
FCCC said it has improved its I-beam front axle to increase the wheel cuts from 50 degrees to 55 degrees, which will result in a much tighter turn radius and greater maneuverability.