Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc., is showing its new gasoline-powered FE Series cabover trucks this week at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta that runs from Sept. 25 to 28.
The addition of the gas-fueled powertrain to Fuso's FE Series reflects a significant expansion of Fuso's commercial truck product line. Gasoline-powered versions of the FE140 and FE160 will be released first, and the company is finishing development of the FE180, which will be the only gas-powered Class 5 cabover truck in North America, according to the company. The company first showed the truck at the Work Truck Show in March.
All three Fuso models, the FE140, FE160 and FE180, will be powered by a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6.0L V8, coupled to a best-in-class Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission — making these the only gasoline trucks in their class to offer PTO capability.
The Class 5 FE180 will offer the largest body/payload capacity available in a gas-powered medium-duty truck of 11,945 pounds.
The new V-8 gas engine models will also be the first Fuso vehicles to be assembled in the United States. Daimler’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation will perform the work at its Gaffney, S.C., plant, using engines and transmissions built in the U.S., and chassis, cabs, and axles sourced from Fuso in Europe and Japan.
Customer trials for a limited number of the new FE Series gas trucks are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2017, with full market launch to follow in early 2018, as a 2019 model-year vehicle.