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Isuzu lifts payload capacity with N Series

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu, has released its NMR 60/45-150 N Series models in a bid to enhance its range of tailored road transport solutions.

Isuzu said it has introduced the new model in response to an increasing demand for narrow cab light-duty trucks sporting increased payload capacity while retaining the ease of driving attribute.  

The NMR 60/45-150 has an additional 500kg payload capacity compared with the model it replaces, the NLR 55-150, and can be optioned with Isuzu’s exclusive two-pedal torque converter-automated manual transmission (TC-AMT).

According to Isuzu, as far as light-duty truck transmissions go, the well-honed TC-AMT continues to be a standout with its simple and user-friendly two-pedal operation.

Isuzu said the new model has been specifically designed and calibrated to deal with increased payloads, translating to improved component durability and parts longevity, along with reduced wear and tear and increased fuel savings compared with traditional manual transmissions.

The NMR model is available in two gross vehicle mass (GVM) ratings: 4,500kg and 6,000kg, the former able to be driven by a car licenced driver.

Powered by the Isuzu 4JJ1-TCS diesel engine, rated at 110 kW at 2,800rpm and 375 Nm at 1,600–2,800rpm, the new NMR is said to offer an ideal combination of performance, fuel economy and durability.

It is available in both short (2,490 mm) and medium (3,360 mm) wheelbase formats and like all other 4x2 configured Isuzu N Series models sold in Australia, the new iteration features standard driver and passenger side airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, ECE-R29 compliant cab, electric and heated mirrors, front cornering lamps, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Isuzu electronic stability control (IESC) and anti-skid regulator (ASR).

The package also includes Independent Front Suspension (IFS) with coil springs that Isuzu says provides stabilisation regardless of load, ensuring the ride is predictable and assured.

The manufacturer claims that driver fatigue, road shock and body-roll are all proven to be significantly reduced by IFS; a feature reportedly welcomed by ute drivers who need to upgrade to a light truck. 

Utilising highly specialised water jetting and vacuum pumping equipment mounted on a pair of Isuzu FVD 165-300 trucks, Dynamic Excavations performs non-destructive digging operations to assist councils with maintenance and repair work on essential services.

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