Truck company Isuzu Australia Ltd will launch an all-new truck range next year — its first major model overhaul since 2008 — including its four-cylinder F Series models which will be available in the second-half of 2024.
It said that the next-generation Isuzu truck range will propel its market success for years to come and builds on the brand holding market leadership for more than 30 years.
Isuzu Australia Ltd (IAL) CEO Andrew Harbison said the brand has “been fortunate” to be the preferred partner for Australian road transport equipment owners and operators for over three decades.
“We are number one because of our customers,” he said.
IAL has held the top spot despite retaining the same model lineup as it did in 2008, showing that 15 years of upgrades and improvements sustained the brand and even allowed it to build market share.
Mr Harbison said that in 2024 IAL will start its new model rollout with the four-cylinder F Series.
“From there, we’ll see the arrival of our ever-popular light-duty N Series and the workhorse six-cylinder F Series, followed by heavy-duty FX Series model releases and concluding with the FY twin-steer range,” he said.
The next-generation Isuzu truck range will showcase developments in key drivers including carbon neutrality, driver comfort, safety, and connectivity.
The design approach is described with the acronym ‘I-MACS’ or Isuzu Modular Architecture and Component Standard.
This is built on the idea of combining various components, parts, and devices on an as-needs basis, thereby catering to the diverse requirements of Isuzu truck customers.
IAL head of product, Matt Sakhaie, said Isuzu was well into the launch program for the new models.
“The execution of the design concepts and principles into the product is impressive,” he said.
“Using the new N Series EV and ICE product as an example, the commonality of these platforms offers a vast number of possible configurations and variations to meet all manner of market and customer needs is quite remarkable.
“It’s this agile approach and broad thinking that is encouraging to us at IAL, as we know we’ll have an even better product to offer our local customers.”
The new N Series light truck range is set to build on its enduring market success with new features and an expanded line-up.
“The new N Series is a winner in so many ways, from the new cab to more car driver’s licence and tipper models, increased GVM ratings, best-in-class safety and ADR80/04 emissions compliance... it all stacks up,” said IAL light-duty product manager, Jeff Gibson.
“We also have some neat new model options including the tight-access master, the new NKR 6.5-tonne GVM narrow cab models, and a new high-power 4J engine variant in the 4JZ1 with both 150hp and 175hp ratings.
“The all-new cab is comfortable, spacious and very efficiently appointed, while our new nine-speed Isuzu dual-clutch transmission will provide seamless shifts for a super-smooth driving experience.”
Upgraded safety is another highlight with additional features including intersection autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and traffic sign recognition for all models, and full-speed adaptive cruise control for all two-pedal models.
“With pilot models due to arrive shortly for validation trials, we’re keen to get out on the road and put these new models through their final paces,” Mr Gibson said.
The rollout of the all-new Isuzu truck range includes the signature N Series EV, which will see Australian customer trials scheduled for 2024.
“We also have several Japanese-spec N Series battery electric models due to arrive shortly in Australia,” said Mr Gibson.
“In-line with our strategy of targeting last mile and local council and government applications, the trucks will be car and light rigid licence models, rated at a 4.5-tonne and 7.5-tonne GVM.
“The eNLR at 4.5-tonne GVM will feature a three-battery configuration with 60kWh capacity, while the eNPR is rated at 7.5-tonne GVM in a five-battery configuration with 100kWh capacity.
“Having battery electric trucks on the ground and in trial is a major stage in this new model release program.”
Another major part of the launch will be six-cylinder F Series models, with a 6.7-litre DB6A Euro-6 engine in FSR/D, FV and FTS models.
These models will all feature fully automatic Allison transmissions.
“Our six-cylinder F Series model range with new engine is a first-class product and an outcome of the alliance with Cummins, representing one of the first major product initiatives from Isuzu Motors’ strategic partnerships,” said IAL medium and heavy-duty product manager and chief engineer, Simon Humphries.
“The medium-duty truck range has long benefitted from Isuzu’s expertise in incorporating industry benchmark components.
“We have also upped the spec on heavy-duty FV models, with higher capacity steer axles, Meritor full-air disc brakes and an all-new chassis frame.
“In our heavy-duty FX and FY model ranges, we’ll see the introduction of our Euro-6 (Step C) 6UZ1 Isuzu engine and once again, a shift to auto only with Allison HD4430 across all models.
“The trucks will also receive higher capacity Meritor steer axles and Meritor full-air disc brakes on all axles, plus a comprehensive ADAS suite.
“Our entire new release builds on our story of application engineered trucks that deliver on the promise of reliability.
“Starting with the all-new four-cylinder F Series models, continuing to the N Series and all the way through to our FX and FY models, we’re confident that the next-generation Isuzu truck range will meet and exceed the expectations of our customers for years to come.”
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