Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has unveiled its new Fuso FE180 gasoline-powered cabover truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Fuso’s gasoline-powered trucks are exclusively offered for the North American market. This FE180’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 gasoline-powered trucks.
The demand for gasoline-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,” says 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.”
The truck is powered by a GM 6.0L V8 engine delivering 297 horsepower and 361 lb.-ft. of torque and is combined with a commercial-grade Allison 1000 Series. The transmission is PTO-capable. Fuso includes the FuelSense 2.0 featuring DynActive Shifting from Allison that can provide a 2% to 6% improvement in fuel economy.
The FE180 Gas includes many standard features to provide more value for the customer. it includes 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.
The entire FE Gas series, including the new FE180 Gas, are built at Freightliner Customer Chassis Corporation, a Daimler Truck plant in Gaffney, South Carolina. The gasoline-powered truck is made in the U.S. with domestic and imported parts and is the only Fuso product produced domestically. FCCC produces other similar gasoline-powered commercial vehicles and this experience proved beneficial during the development of the FE Gas series trucks.
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.