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April 04, 2018   |   Work Truck Magazine


Isuzu FTR: Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

The Isuzu FTR was named the 2018 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year, picked by Work Truckmagazine readers from a field of nine competitors. 

“The FTR is a great work truck that fits a number of needs across a lot of vocational markets. From food delivery to construction, how our customers use the FTR continues to grow. It has a great platform that can easily be upfit to carrying freight but has also been upfit with dump and chipper bodies for those vocations needing more payload in rugged environments. Overall, the FTR is still growing and it will be interesting to see what vocations it introduces or reintroduces back into the Isuzu brand,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America (ICTA).

The FTR is powered by Isuzu’s renowned 4HK1-TC 5.2L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine — a first in the segment, according to the automaker. The powerplant is mated to an Allison 2000 Series 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates 520 lb.-ft. of torque and 215 hp.

“For fleets, the FTR is a great fit. The FTR’s efficient four-cylinder diesel is at the top of the list. Most Class 6 trucks cannot match the FTR in fuel efficiency and the engine goes beyond being efficient, it is also durable. The 4HK1-TC engine carries a B-10 durability rating of 375,000 miles. The efficiency and durability of the FTR help provide a low cost of ownership while holding a strong residual value synonymous with the Isuzu brand,” Skinner said.

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