Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., a low cab forward cab distributor, has announced that the production of its newest entry in the category 6 medium-duty truck segment, the 2018 Isuzu FTR, will begin in May. this year . The company made the announcement today at the 2017 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
The new 2018 Isuzu FTR truck is designed for city delivery applications, such as beverage, box and refrigerated trucks, and this capability really shines in tight turns. Skinner expects these applications to spur Isuzu’s growth in the coming years. The company’s market share reached 85% in 2016 and, as consumer buying habits evolve, sales of medium-weight trucks are expected to outpace those of their heavy brothers and sisters.
The fully adjustable air suspension seat was comfortable and the cab has a control layout similar to the N-Series, ensuring a smooth transition from truck to truck. The middle seat folds down, but the driver and passenger each have their own captain seat relative to the common split bench in the N Series. There is approximately 20 inches behind the seat, providing ample storage space.
The FTR will be powered by Isuzu 4HK1-TC turbocharged four-cylinder turbo engine Isuzu renamed 4HK1-TC a first in the segment. “We believe that more and more competitors in this category will be turning to four-cylinder engines because they are cleaner and more efficient,” Skinner said. “Our 4HK engine goes far beyond the environment and the economy, it is also durable and powerful.”
Isuzu also announced that this engine now has a B-10 durability rating of 375,000 miles, which means that 90% of engines should reach this mileage before requiring a review. This represents an increase of 65,000 miles over the previous (and already robust) B-10 rating of 310,000 miles.