Fuso launches Class 4 and 5 trucks with Allision transmission
Fuso's 2019 Class 4 line-up features a PSI-GM V8 6.0L gasoline-powered engine paired with a fully automatic Allison 1000 Series transmission
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks Asia, Kawasaki, Japan, has unveiled the Fuso FE Gas series cabover work trucks with automatic transmissions from manufacturer Allision. The new 2019 Class 4 line-up, which debuted at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, features a PSI-GM V8 6.0L gasoline-powered engine paired with a fully automatic Allison 1000 Series transmission along with FuelSense 2.0 with DynActive shifting as standard equipment.
The Allison transmission makes Fuso the first cabover manufacturer to offer a powerful commercial truck transmission in Class 4 and Class 5. The transmission has been designed from the ground up for use in commercial trucks, and includes a provision for an optional power take-off (PTO) that can drive a wide range of vocational-truck accessories, like lift bodies or dispensing pumps.
The Allison transmission also includes Fuel Sense 2.0 transmission management software with DynActive shifting technology. Instead of shifting gears based on a data table of fixed shift points, DynActive technology continually refines shifts via a proprietary learning algorithm.
The PSI-GM V8 gasoline engine and Allison transmission will be initially available in three Fuso Class 4 models: the FE140, FE160 and FE160 Crew Cab. The combination will soon be available in Fuso's Class 5 FE180 model, making it the first Class 5 cabover with an available gasoline-powered engine.
In future models, the engine can also be equipped to use compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuels, for those fleets looking to reduce their emissions footprint. Allison transmissions use a torque converter which enables more responsive acceleration, overcoming the slower startup sometimes associated with alternative fuels.