A number of developments including independent front suspension (IFS) in NNR models and an automated manual transmission (AMT) in the NPS 4x4 underpin the latest update to Isuzu’s evergreen N Series.
It’s a vital part of Isuzu Australia Limited’s (IAL) ongoing strategy to keep ahead of the competition as it charges towards an unprecedented 30 years of overall truck market leadership in this country.
The N Series range now has two distinct engines and emissions control systems, independent front suspension in key models and a new audio-visual system as part of its extensive equipment list.
“Our 2018 N Series model range provides more of what Australian truck customers are looking for from the market leader,” said Andrew Harbison, IAL Director and Chief Operating Officer.
“We strive to provide our customers with a choice of products closely suited to and aligned with their business needs."
“It’s what’s kept us at the top of their list when considering the purchase of road transport equipment, and we’re pleased to announce that out latest release delivers in spades,” he said.
With its new NPS 75/45-155 4x4 AMT, Isuzu claims to have the first ever two-pedal AMT equipped 4x4 light truck on the Australian market.
The tried and tested MYY5T five-speed AMT has been specifically calibrated for and exhaustively tested in arduous off-road conditions, ensuring its capability and durability exceed the expectations of customers in this demanding application.
“Because the NPS with AMT is the only factory built two-pedal 4x4 light truck available on the market today, we invested the time and resources into taking a literal ground-up approach to its development,” said IAL Chief Engineer, Simon Humphries.
“The end result is a superior product for all operators looking for a 4x4 light truck that’s easier than ever to drive.”
At the heart of the NPS 4x4 is the high-torque 5.2 litre 4HK1 engine producing 155 hp at 2,600 rpm and 419 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm.
It has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) rating of 4.5 tonnes enabling it to be driven on a standard car licence.
Meanwhile, in key 4x2 NNR Crew and Single Cab models the addition of IFS coupled with rack-and-pinion steering provides a marked improvement in ride and handling, particularly over the lumpy roads common to many parts of Australia.
“With most of the NNR line-up we’ve moved away from the more rigid leaf- sprung solid axle set-up to an independent coil sprung assembly,” said Humphries.
“This is designed to improve ride quality and handling while still being able to support a decent payload. It’s coupled with a new rack-and-pinion power steering system delivering sharper steering response for a more enjoyable driving experience.”
Inside the cab of all the latest N Series versions is a new audio-visual system featuring a 6.2-inch touch screen with enhanced brightness and resolution. It runs a cutting-edge Android Automotive operating system for fast response and includes USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth V4, AM/ FM/ DAB+ and internet radio when using a tethered smartphone WiFi.
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