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Detroit’s Beefy New Diesel

Detroit Diesel recently gave the public its first look at the medium-duty engine platform that will carry the company into the next decade.

Tabbed the model DD5, the engine line won’t be available for ordering until late 2016 in Freightliner Class 5 and 6 trucks.

Initially, DD5 engines will be offered in two power ratings of 210 hp. (575 foot-pounds of torque) and 230 hp. (660 foot-pounds). Additional power ratings will be offered once production ramps up fully at the company’s Redford, Michigan, plant in 2018. The engine, at first, will be built in Mannheim, Germany.

Little of the power plant’s engineering has been revealed, but the company did announce the engine will have a 45,000-mile maintenance interval and will be equipped with Detroit’s Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostics service.

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