Isuzu’s new 2018 Class 6 offering unveiled at Work Truck Show

by Truck West

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – While many companies were revealing their products for 2017 at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind., Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada offered up its 2018 Class 6 F-Series medium-duty truck, the Isuzu FTR.

The truck is powered by Isuzu’s 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine, and is expected to go into production in the US mid-2017.

“This truck represents our vision of the future of the medium-duty truck industry,” said Andrew Craig, director of Canada operations at Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “As the adult population grows and as people move to urban centers, there will be an increasing need for delivery trucks that can carry a lot of cargo but at the same time be fuel efficient, maneuverable, environmentally friendly, and that offer a low cost of ownership. The all-new FTR achieves all of these goals.”

Isuzu said horsepower and torque have not yet been finalized, but added that the 4HK1 engine is known for high torque output.

The powerplant will be mated to an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission and the engine carries a B10 durability of 310,000 miles, which Isuzu says means that 90% of engines should reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul.

The company also said the vehicle can achieve ‘incredible cruising distances’ thanks to the FTR’s low fuel use and the availability of an aluminum 50 or 100 gallon fuel tank.

“As fuel economy and emissions regulations become stricter, you’re going to see more and more competitors in this class turning to four-cylinder engines,” Craig said. “Isuzu is a pioneer in developing and building four-cylinder transportation solutions.”

The truck will come with eight wheelbase configurations to accommodate bodies from 16 to 30 feet, and will feature low cab-forward design for increased visibility and better maneuverability.

“With a 50-degree wheel cut, there’s not a truck in this class with a tighter turning radius,” Craig said. “The overall concept of the FTR is to bring to our customers the next generation medium-duty low-cab-forward truck, one that features a clean, durable, highly efficient four-cylinder engine and is the best Class 6 choice for pickup and delivery in cities. The letters ‘FTR’ don’t stand for ‘future,’ but this truck represents the future, and it will be here—soon.”

Pricing and additional specifications will be released mid-2017.

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