Update to the nth degree
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.”