Up­date to the nth de­gree

The Advertiser - Motoring - - WORKING WHEELS -

THE Isuzu N Se­ries up­date brings a range of changes but one safety fea­ture is likely to make the big­gest dif­fer­ence.

Fol­low­ing its Ja­panese ri­val Hino, Isuzu fits elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (which it calls IESC) to the pop­u­lar NLR, NNR and NPR mod­els.

With in­creas­ing em­pha­sis placed on work­place safety, Isuzu has made a good call in in­tro­duc­ing the tech­nol­ogy, which uses a range of sen­sors to con­trol throt­tle and brake in­puts to help pre­vent or to cor­rect a slide.

Isuzu also has anti-lock brakes with elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion and a hill start as­sist fea­ture. “The tech­nol­ogy be­hind IESC brings the to­tal Isuzu N Se­ries pack­age to the very fore­front of ... the small truck mar­ket,” says Isuzu Aus­tralia chief engi­neer Si­mon Humphries.

The N Se­ries also has a newlook front grille, although the styling has re­mained oth­er­wise un­changed. NPR and NQR mod­els (ex­cept tip­pers) will now get new fog-lights and cli­mate-con­trol air­con.

In­side, all N Se­ries mod­els get a new steer­ing wheel and pre­mium sus­pen­sion driver’s seat — it’s fit­ted with a vi­bra­tion ab­sorb­ing sup­port pad and a new tor­sion bar to cater for heav­ier driv­ers.

Isuzu is mak­ing its higher out­put 140kW 5.2-litre 4HK1 en­gine avail­able on more mod­els.

In some cases, the en­gine gives a 23 per cent in­crease in power and a 22 per cent boost in torque over the pre­vi­ous en­gine.

NNR and NPR 45 and 55 mod­els also get a new man­ual gear­box with re­vised ra­tios, re­duc­ing the gap be­tween sec­ond and third gear. Isuzu feels the po­tent en­gine will help en­tice tradies to swap utes for the small N Se­ries.

“These num­bers are sure to be ap­pre­ci­ated,” Humphries says.

“For the dis­cern­ing trades­per­son, we of­fer more power and torque than the diesel pow­ered ute they have tra­di­tion­ally used, and in a truck that can be driven on a car driver’s li­cence.”

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