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Isuzu announces next generation of trucks to hit Australia

Isuzu says that the launch of its next range of trucks, including new electric models, will benefit its local market and customers

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has laid out the product pathway for the release of its all-new truck range followingthe announcement of thefour-cylinder F Series Isuzu truck models being launched in Australia in the second half of 2024. 

“The release of the all-new, next generation Isuzu truck range is set to propel our market success for years to come,” IAL Director and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Harbison says. 

“Isuzu Trucks has been fortunate to be the preferred partner for Australian road transport equipment owners and operators for more than three decades, we are number one because of our customers. 

“We provide the key capital equipment that they rely on for the success of their businesses. Ensuring that our product is fit-for-purpose, performs efficiently, and most critically is comprehensively backed both by us as the OEM and Australia’s most professional dealer network is critical.” 

Harbison says he commends the previous all-new truck range that was released in 2008 and has allowed Isuzu to build itsmarket share in Australia since then. 

Now, the heavy vehicle giant is onto its next venture with its new range. 

“In 2024, we will set off into the future with a brand-new model line-up, the first of which will be the four-cylinder F Series,” Harbison says. 

“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.” 

Key drivers across the development of the next-generation truck range include carbon neutrality, driver comfort, safety and connectivity and is described as the Isuzu Modular Architecture and Component Standard (I-MACS). 

Harbison says this encapsulates the idea of combining various components, parts and devices on an as-needs basis, catering to the diverse requirements of Isuzu Trucks customers in the market and into the future. 

“Isuzu is well into the launch program for these new models, and we’re anticipating excellent performance in local operating conditions,” IAL Head of Product Matt Sakhaie says. 

“The execution of the design concepts and principles into the product is impressive. 

“Using the new N Series EV and ICE product as an example the commonality of these platforms, which 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 a host of 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 license and tipper models, increased GVM ratings, best-in-class safety and ADR80/04 emissions complianceit all stacks up,” IAL Light-Duty Product Manager Jeff Gibson says. 

“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 150 and 175 horsepower ratings.” 

The N Series EV will also join the rollout of the all-new Isuzu truck range, which will see Australian customer trials scheduled for 2024. 

“In-line with our strategy of targeting last mile, local council and government applications, the trucks will be car and light rigid license models, rated at a 4.5 and 7.5-tonne GVM,” Gibson says. 

“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.” 

 

Along with the F series four-cylinder model, the launch will also see a six-cylinder F Series model, which includes a 6.7-litre DB6A Euro-VI engine in FSR/D, FV and FTS models. These models will all feature fully automatic Allison transmissions. 

“Our entire new release builds on our story of application engineered trucks that deliver on the promise of reliability,” IAL Medium and Heavy-Duty Product Manager and Chief Engineer Simon Humphries says. 

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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