So as Carthoo teased, the new generation Freightliner Cascadia will most likely be the first Freightliner to roll into ATS.
I guess I'll start things off by discussing the cab types I think will come with the Cascadia in ATS.
The truck comes in three main cab types with both the 116 inch (short hood) wheelbase and the 126 inch (long hood) wheelbase:
- Day Cab
- Mid-Roof Sleeper Cab with 48, 60, and 72 inch sleeper options
- Raised Roof Sleeper Cab with 60 and 72 inch sleeper options
- Day Cab
- Mid-Roof Sleeper Cab with 72 inch sleeper
- Raised Roof Sleeper Cab with 72 inch sleeper
Here is a general overview brochure of the 2020 Freightliner Cascadia.
Here is the Freightliner Cascadia Owner's Manual.
Here are a few promotional images of the Cascadia provided on the Freightliner website:
On Friday, October 09, 2020, American Truck Simulator version 1.39 released as an Experimental Public Beta. With this beta, the Freightliner Trucks dealer was first discovered in the game files.
Screenshot courtesy of @xXCARL1992Xx.
Here's what the dealership prefab looks like in-game.
Screenshot courtesy of @SuchManor.
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, SCS Software published a blog post titled "Are you ready?" accompanied by a video. The video features Detroit DD series engine sounds, and it depicts a blue Freightliner Cascadia traveling Southbound on Interstate 15 near Pocatello, Idaho.
On Friday, November 20, 2020, SCS Software published Freightliner Cascadia® Announcement. This blogpost is an official confirmation that the Freightliner Cascadia will be coming to American Truck Simulator. According to what SCS wrote, "You will soon be able to experience the Freightliner Cascadia® for yourself from one of your local in-game dealerships!"
This blogpost also offers some insight on how SCS made the sounds for the truck. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they development team was unable to travel to North America to record engine sounds for the truck. Fortunately, they were able to contact a German company called Transportbotschafter who just happened to have a Freightliner Cascadia with a Detroit DD15 engine on hand. The blog post was accompanied by this video which showcased the sound recording session.
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, SCS Software released the 2019 Freightliner Cascadia for American Truck Simulator! At the same time as the truck's release, there was also a small update to game version 1.39 which added a Freightliner Cascadia paint livery for the 53 foot trailers.
Here is their blog post about the release.
Check out the Steam Store page for the Freightliner Cascadia! If you really like what SCS did with this truck (or hate it), consider writing a review for it on Steam. It helps increase the visibility of SCS Software's products on the Steam Store.