Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. recently introduced a new XB-P 45-foot commercial bus chassis to meet the needs of customers requesting a durable luxury coach at a competitive price point. The FCCC XB-P is intended to provide a cost-effective alternative for 45-foot coach manufacturers who typically have relied on a monocoque style body when designing coaches. Manufacturers now have the option to build 45-foot coaches on the FCCC XB-P chassis, which utilizes frame rails for a sturdy product.
The FCCC XB-P chassis uses a 16,000-pound ZF Independent Front Suspension and a Neway ADL series rear air-ride suspension. The heavy-duty steel frame rails are designed to reduce flex, bowing and vibration and minimize coach stress to facilitate a smooth and comfortable ride.
“The addition of the FCCC XB-P chassis creates a complete range of products from FCCC for the commercial bus market,” says Kris Hus, commercial bus product manager at FCCC. “We strive to anticipate our customers’ needs, while making sure that we’re providing them with the best chassis to meet their application. Commercial bus manufacturers have come to rely on FCCC for a complete range of motorcoach chassis products because we give them proven technology and proven performance.”
Equipped with a Cummins ISM 450 horsepower rear diesel engine and an Allison B500 six-speed transmission, the FCCC XB-P commercial bus chassis meets the needs of customers who desire a powerful and reliable motorcoach chassis. The FCCC XB-P chassis has a GVWR of 49,000 pounds and offers a 56-degree wheel cut for increased maneuverability to maneuver through urban settings and parking lots. The FCCC XB-P chassis also offers Bendix air disc brakes as standard on all three vehicle axles, helping to reduce stopping distance and increase motorcoach safety.
The FCCC XB-P joins the company’s lineup of pusher and front engine commercial bus market applications, including the XB-R, XB-S, MB-65, MB-HEV, S2 and the S2 cab cutaway.