Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. unveiled an all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment – the 2018 Isuzu FTR. The company made the announcement March 2 at the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
The FTR will be powered by Isuzu’s renowned 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine – a first in the segment.
Although horsepower and torque ratings have not been finalized, the company noted that the 4HK1 engine is well known for its high torque output. The powerplant will be mated to an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission. The engine carries a B10 durability of 310,000 miles – meaning that 90 percent of engines should reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul.
An incredible cruising distance can be achieved by the FTR, thanks not only to the truck’s miserly use of fuel but also its available aluminum 5- or 100-gallon fuel tank.
Flexibility and Capability
Eight wheelbase configurations will accommodate bodies from 16 feet to 30 feet, allowing for a wide variety of body applications.
The all-new cab features a clean back-of-cab design that can provide more space for body applications compared to the previous F-Series truck.
Like all Isuzu trucks, the FTR will feature a low-cab-forward design that increases visibility and markedly improves maneuverability – especially important in the crowded city centers where the FTR is expected to be in greatest demand.
The FTR cab’s wide step and wide-opening doors allow easy entry to the spacious interior, which features three-across seating and extra space for storage behind the seats.
Additional interior amenities include a side under safety mirror, overhead console, and a suspension driver’s seat with armrest specially designed to increase comfort and reduce driver fatigue.
Pricing, available configurations, power ratings and additional features and specifications will be released in mid-2017.