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Isuzu highlights N-Series’ car-like feel

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL), has proven itself eager to reiterate the virtues of its latest light-duty NNR Traypack range that the company claims make it a viable alternative to smaller light commercial vehicles for trade applications.

In a bid to make this conclusion even more foregone, Isuzu Trucks has this year added two new additions to its popular Ready-to-Work range – the independent front suspension NNR 55/45-150 TC-AMT (automated manual transmission with torque convertor) Traypack models, either single or crew cab.

According to IAL, the new NNR Traypack features class-leading ride comfort due to its independent front suspension while at the rear resides a banjo differential with fully-floating axles and leaf-spring suspension for excellent load carrying capacity.

With Isuzu’s MYY-6E six-speed TC-AMT added to the mix, the result is what Isuzu describes as the most comfortable ride of any light-duty truck on the Australian market.

The TC-AMT is said to deliver a sophisticated, intuitive drive, with smooth gear changes and a car-like experience behind the wheel. It reportedly provides the shift quality and launch feeling of an automatic transmission, with the fuel economy and control of a well-driven manual.

Drivers also enjoy more control, thanks to the kick-down detent on the accelerator pedal. This feature has been developed specifically for the Australian market, enabling the vehicle to accelerate swiftly when required, such as when entering a roundabout or intersection in busy traffic situations.

The TC-AMT also includes a car-like shift lever featuring a ‘P’ position, which engages a parking pawl in the transmission that is said to be capable of preventing movement in a fully laden truck when parked on a steep slope.

In the load department, the heavy-duty aluminium Traypack body comes with integrated load restraint anchor points, a headboard incorporating rear window protector and removable drop sides and tailgate.

The standard reversing camera adds to the ease of use when negotiating building sites and carparks, while ladder racks, handy underbody storage and foldaway access steps are optional extras that round out a compelling trade transport solution.

IAL National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman, said the NNR Traypack line-up presents a convincing case for Australian trade businesses and fleets.

“With the addition of independent front suspension to the tried and tested NNR platform, we’re confident the prudent buyer will see the clear advantages of this transport solution,” said Spaltman.

“The ready-built nature of the NNR Traypack ticks a number of boxes for tradies, from fuel savings and driver access through to the ultra-reliability of the Isuzu 4JJ1 engine,” he said.

“This is the complete trade package.”

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