Isuzu Unveils Medium Duty FTR Truck

March 02, 2016 by Jerry Hirsch, @Jerryhirsch

Eyeing the growth in cargo deliveries in congested city centers, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America introduced a new medium-duty truck at the 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Wednesday.

The new FTR Class 6 weight segment truck is slated to go into production in the United States sometime next year.

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

Shaun Skinner reveals the new Isuzu FTR truck at the Work Truck Show.

Shaun Skinner reveals the new FTR truck at the Work Truck Show. (Photo:

Such vehicles will have to be fuel efficient, maneuverable, environmentally friendly and inexpensive to operate, he said.

Like other Isuzu trucks, the FTR employs a low-cab-forward design that increases visibility and maneuverability.

Skinner said that’s important for crowded city centers where the FTR is expected will see is most frequent use.

The new truck will be powered by a 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine—a first in the segment.

“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,” Skinner said. “Isuzu is a pioneer in developing and building four-cylinder transportation solutions.”

The powerplant will be mated to an Allison 2000 Series automatic transmission. The engine carries a B10 rating of 310,000 miles. A B10 rating is an engineering measure of failure rates. Isuzu said 90 percent of its engines should reach that mileage before requiring an overhaul.

The truck company will offer eight wheelbase configurations. The vehicle will accommodate bodies from 16 feet to 30 feet.

Check out the reveal at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis:


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