Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has announced its 2009 N-Series lineup of low cab-forward trucks with new features designed to increase driver productivity, enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.
The front suspensions, spring rates, steering and cab mount bushings have been tuned for more comfort and a better ride, according to the company, while a new optional limited slip differential distributes torque evenly to the wheels, an important feature for trucks driven on surfaces where loss of traction may occur.
All N-Series diesel models incorporate a Data Recording Module that can provide a Vehicle Health Report showing the condition of the engine, transmission, emissions and brakes, plus fuel economy and driver operating habits. For longer brake life, an Electronic Braking Distribution system is designed to balance brake pressure to all wheels by automatically adjusting to the load’s weight distribution.
More wheelbases have been added to accommodate the widest possible range of bodies. Wheelbase choices from 109 to 212 inches handle bodies from 10 to 24 feet in length. GVWRs offerings range from 12,000 lbs. to 19,500 lbs.
Isuzu Truck’s cabs, enlarged in the 2008 models, continue to offer the same amount of added headroom, shoulder room and legroom. Storage areas are located in the seat backs, dashboard, glove box, overhead storage shelves and rear storage organizer. Large map pockets are built into fully-trimmed door panels.
Large panoramic windows provide exceptional visibility, the company says, while the low cab-forward design affords added maneuverability with a curb-to-curb turning diameter of 33.5 feet for a 109-inch wheelbase model.
To help extend durability, the cab has rust and corrosion protection provided by galvanized steel panels, electro-deposit paint primer and enamel paint topcoat. Unitary construction, rigidity and strong reinforcements are intended to add to cab durability and safety.
The N-Series overhead cam 5.2L 4H turbocharged, intercooled diesel engine delivers 205 hp @ 2400 rpm with 441 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1850 rpm, Isuzu says; it has a B-10 durability rating of 310,000 miles, which means 90 percent of the engines should reach this mileage before a major component failure. The engine is mated to an Aisin heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive.
For customers who prefer a gasoline engine, NPR, NPR HD and their crew cab models also are available with a Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine with 325 hp and 360 lb.-ft. of torque. These models come with a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic with lockup torque converter and overdrive.
Isuzu 2009 N-Series diesel models are available from the factory in a variety of exterior cab colors: Arc White (standard), Wheatland Yellow, Woodland Green, Cardinal Red, Dark Blue and Ebony Black II.