Isuzu Commercial Truck of America began production of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment — the 2018 Isuzu FTR — Monday a new 80,000-square-foot Spartan Motors facility in Charlotte, Mich.
“We believe that the all-new FTR is the truck of the future,” says Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Much of the engineering for this truck was done at the Isuzu Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., and many of the parts for it are U.S.-sourced. This is a true medium-duty Class 6 truck designed and built for this market, in this market.”
The FTR is powered by Isuzu’s renowned 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which generates 520 lbs.-ft. of torque and 215 horsepower and carries a B10 durability rating of 375,000 miles.
Featuring a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,950 lbs., the truck is available in eight wheelbase lengths ranging from 152 to 248 inches and can accommodate bodies from 14 feet to 30 feet.