New 2018 ISUZU FTR has small but efficient engine

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017

The isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., is gearing up for the full production mid this year of the latest evolution of its F-Series Class 6 medium-duty truck which offers a 5.2 liter turbocharged fourcylinder diesel engine but with same efficiency as trucks with bigger engines.

The new 2018 Isuzu FTR is slated to go into production at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan. It’s described as
best suited for customers who are looking for great maneuverability,cost-efficiency and the lowest cost of
ownership. Volume projections are initially set at 1,500 to 2,000 units.

When Isuzu announced the truck at
NTEA’s 2016 Work Truck Show in March, Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America,said, “This truck represents our vision of the future of the medium-duty truck industry. The overall concept of the FTR is to bring to our customers the next generation medium-duty lowcab-forward truck, one that features a clean, durable, highly-efficient fourcylinder engine and is the best Class 6 choice for urban pickup and delivery.

The letters ‘FTR’ don’t stand for ‘future,’however this truck represents the future, and it will be here—soon.”

Skinner explained all customers want is a truck that uses less fuel but still delivers the same efficiency as trucks with bigger engines.

New technology now allows car manufacturers to build vehicles with s m a l l e n g i n e s w i t h e n h a n c e d
horsepower and torque that use less fuel.

Isuzu believes the latest evolution of the FTR series will blaze a trail in the growing trend of smaller engines that provide efficiency in a world governed by tighter emissions regulations.

Highlights of the new Isuzu 2018 FTR:

Ø 25,950 pounds GVWR

Ø The FTR will be available in eight wheelbase lengths ranging from 152 to 248 inches, accommodating
bodies from 14 to 30 feet long

Ø The FTR is a dock height class 6 truck The turbocharged Isuzu 5.2-liter 4HK1-TC engine propelling the FTR will generate 215 horsepower and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque

Ø The engine will be mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission with power take-off (PTO) capability
Ø Dana axles will have capacities of 12,000 pounds up front and 19,000 pounds rear suspension

Ø Bridgestone or Continental 11R22.5 tires will be to 22.5″ × 8.25″ steel wheels