Isuzu Truck releases key specs on its Class 6 2018 FTR

Updated Jun 23, 2017
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin manufacturing the FTR in mid-2017 at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan. Photo: IsuzuIsuzu Commercial Truck of America will begin manufacturing the FTR in mid-2017 at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan.
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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has revealed key specifications of its 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 over the past couple of 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-inch × 8.25-inch steel wheels.

The FTR is slated to go into production at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan, in mid-2017.

Isuzu announced the truck at NTEA’s 2016 Work Truck Show in March in Indianapolis.

“This truck represents our vision of the future of the medium-duty truck industry,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “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.”

Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low-cab-forward trucks in America every year since 1986. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America is a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was prepared by the staff of Hard Working Trucks, a sister publication.

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