Photo: Chris Brown

Photo: Chris Brown

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America unveiled the 2018 Isuzu FTR, the company’s all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment.

The FTR is aimed at the pickup and delivery industry and will be powered by Isuzu’s 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, a first for the segment, according to the company. Isuzu expects that there will be an increasing need for fuel-efficient delivery trucks that can also carry a lot of cargo as people move to urban centers.

“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 Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager, Isuzu truck of America. "Make no mistake, this is what's coming for medium-duty trucks. We believe others will follow in this arena."

The engine will be mated to an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission. Horsepower and torque ratings have not yet been finalized but the company expects the 4HK1 engine to have a high torque output.

The FTR will feature eight wheelbase configurations to accommodate bodies from 16 to 30 feet, allowing for a variety of body applications. It was designed with a clean back-of-cab to provide more space for body applications compared to the previous F-Series truck. The truck should also have a tight turning radius with a  50-degree wheel cut.

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

The FTR cab’s wide step and wide-opening doors are designed for easier entry to the 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.

Pricing, available configurations, power ratings and additional features and specifications will be released in the middle of 2017.

“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 Skinner.

Originally posted on Trucking Info