March 7, 2016
By Mario Cywinski
ISUZU FTR LAUNCH NTEA WORK TRUCK SHOWSTOPPER
Isuzu Commercial Trucks of Canada Inc., unveiled its all-new 2018 FTR medium-duty Class 6 truck at the National Truck Equipment Association 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2018 Isuzu FTR“This truck represents our vision of the future of the medium-duty truck industry,” said Andrew Craig, Director of Canada Operations, 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.”
The FTR will be using a 5.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine mated to an Allison 200 series automatic transmission. Horsepower and torque numbers have not been finalized. The engine has a B10 durability rating of 310,000 miles. Also, a 50 or 100-gallon fuel tank will be available.
“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,” said Craig. “Isuzu is a pioneer in developing and building four-cylinder transportation solutions.”
The FTR will have a tight turning radius, eight wheelbase configurations (for bodies between 16 and 30 feet), and will have a low cab forward design.
On the interior, FTR will have seating for three, overhead console, side safety mirror, and a suspension driver’s seat.
“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,” said Craig. “The letters ‘FTR’ don’t stand for ‘future,’ but this truck represents the future, and it will be here, soon.”
FTR is expected to go into production in mid-2017 in the United States.