ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced key specifications of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment, the 2018 Isuzu FTR. The company made announcements to their dealers at a series of Isuzu Whistle Stops around the country the last two weeks.
Among the highlights:
• 25,950 pounds GVWR
• The FTR will be available in eight wheelbase lengths ranging from 152 to 248 inches, accommodating bodies from 14 to 30 feet long
• 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
• The engine will be mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission with power take-off (PTO) capability
• Dana axles will have capacities of 12,000 pounds up front and 19,000 pounds rear suspension
• Bridgestone or Continental 11R22.5 tires will be fitted to 22.5" × 8.25" steel wheels
The FTR is slated to go into production at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan in mid-2017.
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 low-cab-forward truck, one that features a clean, durable, highly-efficient four-cylinder 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.”