Fuso unveiled its new gasoline-powered medium-duty cabover trucks at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week.
“While much of the medium-duty market still relies on diesel power, gasoline engines are increasing in popularity,” said Justin Palmer, president and chief executive of Fuso.
Gas-powered medium-duty trucks have grabbed about 40 percent of the market, he said, so the “development of a gas-engine option for our customers was a no-brainer.”
The gas-powered vehicles will be available in two Class 4, medium-duty models, including the FE140 and the FE160. The vehicles include a six-liter V8 engine with an Allison automatic transmission. The engine produces 297 horsepower and 351 pound-feet of torque.
The company will also offer a Class 5 FE180, which will be the first Class 5 cabover with a gas-powered engine. That truck will be available in early 2019.
The new trucks will be assembled at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.’s Gaffney, S.C., plant. Both Fuso and Freightliner are divisions of German automaker Daimler.
The new models will be available in mid-2018, Palmer said.
The new gas-powered models feature an all-new cab interior design, as well as a 40-gallon rear-mounted fuel tank for enhanced durability and reliability.
The trucks will have a 300 to 400-mile range.
How many miles per gallon these new gas-powered trucks will get hasn’t been finalized yet, said Otto Schmid, director of product management of Fuso.
He expects the new vehicles to be 2 to 6 percent more fuel efficient than its competitors in the Class 4 market.
Fuso is also rolling out the e-Canter, an all-electric medium-duty truck.
“Our dealers can offer their customers the broadest range of powertrain choices in the marketplace,” Palmer said. “We are very proud of the technology advancements of and robust nature of the eCanter and gas truck,” Schmid said.