Freightliner EconicSD™


Specs & Resources

350 HP
1050 lb-ft

EconicSD Chassis Brochure

Cab / Sleep Configurations

High roof cab and low roof cab

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A Purpose-Built Waste Collection Truck

Leveraging Daimler’s global engineering prowess and generations of hands-on experience, the Freightliner EconicSD™ delivers an accessible, low-entry, safe and adaptive cab-over-engine vehicle to the North American market. Combining versatility, ergonomics and convenience, this truck provides an innovative solution for the North American waste collection industry, packed with practical features to help you get the job done, day in and day out.

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Turns on a Dime

Getting in and out of tight spots in urban and residential areas is essential for waste collection vehicles. This truck makes navigating through urban areas safer and less stressful. A short wheelbase means superior maneuverability. A low cab design provides a low frame height and center of gravity for enhanced stability.


Engineered for Upfit

Engineering this truck for the rigors of North American waste collection, Freightliner worked closely with leading refuse equipment manufacturers to bring it to market with new, fully integrated waste-collection solutions. Two configurations outfit rear- and side-loader bodies or front loaders.


Designed for Next-Level Safety

Safety features are at the forefront of this truck, for drivers, crew, other vehicles, passengers and pedestrians alike. With panoramic visibility and a lower seat, drivers enjoy significant advantages in urban and neighborhood environments.

Innovative Low-Entry Concept

Getting in and out of the cab is much easier, with one step to get in and one more to reach the driver platform. Step-in height is about 19 inches, half the height of conventional trucks. A kneeling feature further reduces step-in height, and a lifting feature improves obstacle clearance.

Panoramic Visibility

From the outset of design and engineering phases, enhancing visibility for drivers was prioritized. A panoramic windshield, coupled with a lower seat orientation, maximizes field of vision for work areas and potential blind spots. The mirror system provides superior visibility for operators.

Detroit Assurance

From interior to exterior and beyond, safety was integral to design. The Detroit Assurance® suite of safety systems, featuring lane departure warning, enhanced brake stability and active brake assist, is a standard feature on this truck.


Ergonomic Interior

Ergonomics was an important consideration in this truck's development, with thoughtful design promoting productivity. The cab is spacious and comfortable, including an air-suspended driver’s seat with multi-axis adjustment. Switches and controls are designed for intuitive operation and located within easy reach of the driver.

Modern Seating and Dashboard

The comfortable interior offers seating for three passengers* and features a modern, digital instrument cluster displayed on an LCD screen utilizing intuitive steering wheel controls.

*Available in high cab model only

Globally Validated North American Solution

Adapted from the European vocational Mercedes-Benz Econic, this truck leverages Daimler AG’s global engineering prowess to perfectly optimize a truck for North American waste collection, delivering unparalleled safety, uptime and productivity.


Powerful Detroit DD8 Engine

This truck features a 350 HP DD8™ engine with 1050 lb-ft of torque, variable cam phasing technology for efficient aftertreatment performance and the longest maintenance intervals in its class. It also features a high-performance engine brake and Detroit™ Connect Virtual TechnicianSM remote diagnostics.

Legendary Customer Support

With over 400 dealership locations, more than 190 Elite SupportSM Certified dealers and a 24/7, toll-free hotline, no matter where you are in North America, Freightliner is there to help you maximize your uptime.

Designed for Waste Collection

If a truck isn't working, it's not making you money. That's why uptime has always been a priority for Freightliner. From design and engineering to quality control and assembly, the durability of this truck will keep you running strong.