Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors is set to tap U.S. engine producer Cummins for its line of diesel powerplants in future Isuzu commercial trucks. Isuzu currently supplies the Low Cab Forward (LCF) truck line to Chevrolet, which means future Chevy LCF models may feature Cummins power.
In a recent post, Nikkei Asia reports that Isuzu will turn to Cummins for its diesel engines, which will be used in Isuzu’s “medium-size trucks requiring high horsepower.” It’s reported that the Cummins-powered Isuzu trucks will arrive in North America sometime later this year. The move is expected to save Isuzu tens of millions of dollars annually in research and development, which will help it focus on EV and next-generation technology.
Isuzu currently offers two commercial truck lines, including the N-Series, which Chevrolet sources for its LCF 3500, 4500, and 5500 models, and the Isuzu FTR, which Chevy sources for the LCF 6500XD.
As GM Authority exclusively reported last year, Chevy may be gearing up to offer a new LCF 7500XD Class 7 vehicle with a 33,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The new 7500XD will be based on the Isuzu FVR, and it’s speculated that the Cummins diesel engine mentioned above will be found under the hood of an even bigger model.
Both the Isuzu FVR and Chevy LCF 7500XD are expected to launch with the same 5.2L four-cylinder diesel engine found in other variants of the Chevrolet LCF line. Standout features for the oil-burner include 215 horsepower at 2,500 rpm and 520 pound-feet of torque at 1,650 rpm, as well as DOHC, 16 valves, a cast-iron block, and cast-aluminum head.
Now, however, it looks as though a new Cummins diesel engine will be offered either parallel to the 5.2L four-cylinder diesel, or as an outright replacement in a new model line. Furthermore, it’s possible that a Chevy LCF truck line equivalent could offer the Cummins diesel engine as well.