Bryan Henke (R), manager of product marketing for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), and Kyle Martin, account executive for Ferguson Advertising, FCCC’s agency, discuss new DriveForce engine (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) is debuting DriveForce, its new line of proprietary nondiesel engines for the RV market at this week’s National RV Trade Show being held this week in Louisville, Ky.

Developed exclusively for FCCC products, DriveForce will offer more options for dealers, OEMs and end-users, all while being supported and maintained by Freightliner’s nationwide dealer network and 24/7 direct customer service.

According to a press release, the first engine in the DriveForce lineup showcasing in Louisville is the 6.0L gasoline engine. Offering 308hp and 367 lb.-ft. of torque, the first DriveForce engine will power FCCC’s MC chassis and offer a new high-quality, luxury chassis option in the 16,000-19,500 pound GVW product range. In addition, the 6.0L gasoline DriveForce engine will offer end-users increased fuel efficiency of up to 15% compared with current gasoline chassis available on the market.

“We are incredibly excited to share DriveForce with the industry – and to continue to expand the number of world-class chassis products available to our OEM and dealer partners,” explained Gordie Taylor, RV product manager for FCCC. “We know from our extensive market and consumer research that DriveForce meets a growing need and, combined with the MC series, will offer an engine/chassis product unparalleled in its quality, performance and power to a growing segment of the market.”

FCCC’s MC line features high-quality, world-class components intended to reduce maintenance intervals, increase chassis life and enhance the overall ride and handling experience. The MC’s premium WEMC Walther quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes offer commercial-grade braking power and provide five times the brake life compared with standard gasoline-chassis products. In addition, its one-piece frame rail provides superior durability compared to two-piece products currently available while a standard Allison transmission means five times less maintenance costs compared with current gasoline chassis on the RV market. SACHS shocks also help provide an overall premium driving experience.

FCCC expects to have pilot units ready for development by early 2019.