Mitsubishi's FK260 leads way
Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Rick Weber
New and improved on the FE models:
- 2007 emissions (reintroduced Class 3 with OBDII ).
- New front bumper.
- Cruise control with programmable max speed (in automatic transmission only).
- PTO control with programmable set speed.
- New J wheelbase for FE145 (20' bodies with gates).
- New K wheelbase for FE180 (22' bodies with gates).
- New engine position (48mm rearward, 23mm upward).
- Increased cooling system capacity and change in radiator position.
- Reduced frame height.
- Return of optional tandem-mount auxiliary fuel tanks.
- Keyless entry.
MFTA has eliminated manual transmission in its Class 3 and 4 trucks, and in the Class 6 FK 200 (19,850 GVWR).
“There are smaller and smaller and smaller markets for manual transmission,” he said. “It's 98% automatic in some cases — and when you get into the city, it's 100%.”
On the FE125 (12,500 GVWR), the company is going to an 18' application in three wheelbases: 114.6", 134.3", and 152.4". There is a standard side-mount fuel tank (curb side), and an optional in-frame tank in all wheelbases.
“One of the most important things for bodybuilders and dealers is the change in the required minimum setback,” he said. “We've moved from 4.5" of minimum setback to 7.9", with the resultant effort a usable CA.”
On the FE145 (14,500 GVWR), the company eliminated a 164" wheelbase and added a 176" wheelbase, which will accommodate up to a 20' body and broaden the range of applications: movers, furniture haulers, etc, who “cube-out” before “weigh-out”.
The FE145 crew cab has a Fuso 4M50 4.9-liter diesel engine with common rail injection, 185hp, and 391 lb-ft, along with EPA '07 emissions. It has an Aisin MY600 six-speed automatic transmission only and one wheelbase (165.4"), with a standard side-mount fuel tank (curb side).
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