FUSO unveiled its new FUSO FE180 gasoline-powered cabover truck. This extension of gasoline-powered trucks offered by FUSO and exclusively for North America marks the FE GAS series as the new standard in work trucks.
This truck's design provides power and performance allowing for increased payload for truck owners needing a boost from the market's traditional Class 4 offerings in the gasoline-powered trucks. The demand for gas-powered trucks continues to increase year-over-year according to industry data, and expanding the offering gives customers greater options.
"We understand from our research that many diesel Class 5 truck owner want increased power allowing for more payload," said Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. "Later this year, customers will have this option when our new FE180 GAS comes to dealerships."
FUSO developed this new truck with the understanding that gasoline-powered trucks are shifting the industry norm from diesel to the new standard of gas. The truck is powered by a GM 6.0L, V8 engine delivering 297 HP and 361 lb/ft of torque. The powerful engine is combined with a commercial-grade Allison 1000 Series transmission fueling the power to haul more. The transmission is PTO-capable. FUSO includes the FuelSense 2.0, featuring DynActive Shifting from Allison that can provide a 2 percent to 6 percent improvement in fuel economy.
Very similar to the FE GAS Class 4 trucks introduced last year, the FE180 GAS includes many standard features, providing exceptional value for the customer. This premium product is sold with the features and benefits most owners and drivers want, including a free year of Verizon Connect telematics. Electro-coated frame rails are used to increase the overall durability of the frame. FUSO added 19.5 inch tires as standard to the FE180 GAS meeting a common request from fleet customers. Throughout the truck, owners can take advantage of all the additional features that come standard with FUSO.
The entire FE GAS series, including the new FE180 GAS, are built Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) in Gaffney, South Carolina. The gas-powered truck is domestically made in the United States with domestic and imported parts and is the only FUSO product produced domestically. FCCC produces other similar gas-powered commercial vehicles and this experience proved beneficial during the development of the FE GAS series.
The FE180 GAS is designed with larger 19.5-inch tires vs. standard 17.5-inch tires found in other international markets. This more standard U.S. tire size allows for more parts commonality for larger fleet customers with a wide range of commercial trucks.
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