The DD5 medium duty engine will be available in Thomas Built Buses products starting in 2018.

The DD5 medium duty engine will be available in Thomas Built Buses products starting in 2018.

INDIANAPOLIS — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) gave the public its first glimpse of the new Detroit DD5 engine at the NTEA Work Truck Show here last week.

The Detroit DD5 is the first of two new medium duty engines, with the Detroit DD8 planned to follow in 2018.

The engine platform was first announced in October 2014. A DTNA spokesperson confirmed that the DD5 will be available in Thomas Built Buses products starting in 2018. In that year, production of the engine line will shift from Mannheim, Germany, to Redford, Michigan.

The DD5 will initially offer two power ratings, a 210 horsepower/575 ft-lb torque and a 230 horsepower/660 ft-lb torque, with plans for additional ratings once the production shifts to the Redford facility. Detroit also announced that the engines will have a 45,000-mile maintenance interval and will be equipped with the Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostics service.

“We are excited to unveil the DD5 here at the NTEA Work Truck Show and offer customers their first look at what is a proud new addition to the Detroit engines lineup,” said Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for DTNA.

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