Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors19032016 Contents DEREK OGDEN
FROM garbage and cement to refrigerated
transport, Australia s medium-duty truck
market serves up a menu of applications,
making it one of the automotive industry s
most competitive markets.
The medium-duty market -- two axle vehicles
with a gross vehicle mass greater than 8000
per cent of total commercial vehicle sales last
year, with the light and heavy truck markets
representing just less than 31 per cent each
and vans making up the remaining 17 per cent.
With almost three decades of market
domination in Australia, Isuzu is out to maintain
its position with its newly released 2016 F
Series range of fit-for-purpose products with
outstanding environmental credentials and
substantial performance and fuel economy gains.
First impressions are of a newly-minted
character with fresh radiator grille design,
different badging, seat trim, steering wheel
design and, last but not least, nomenclature,
including FRR, FRD, FSR, FSD, FTR, FVR and
FVD, FV, FSS and FTS, the widest choice for
Central to all this is what s under the bonnet.
There are two diesel engine options on offer
across a 4x2 and 4x4 range. Star turn is the four-
cylinder intercooled turbo 4HK1, which can lay
claim to be the cleanest medium duty Japanese
diesel engine on the Australian market,
equivalent to Euro 6 emission standard.
The 5.2-litre unit comes in a choice of two
power ratings -- 154 kW and 726 Nm of torque
or 177 kW producing 765 Nm of torque. The
welcome power boost can be put down to
a two-stage turbocharger with low and high
pressure elements operating across the rev
range. A bonus is the increased effectiveness of
the exhaust gas recirculation system, resulting
in lower nitrogen oxide output.
Now, the 4HK1 unit can be mated with the
latest generation Isuzu automated manual
transmission, with a larger fluid coupling and
an upgrade to a full torque converter, the latter
replicating take-off characteristics of a full auto.
Big brother is the 6HK1 six-cylinder DOC
motor, with diesel oxidation catalyst, putting
out 191 kW at 2400 rpm and 761 Nm from
1450 to 2400 revs. With improvements to
every aspect of combustion, including higher
injection pressure and an increased number of
ports, there are fewer emissions at the manifold
and less to clean-up in the exhaust system.
The new six with DOC powers FRR, FRD,
FSR FSD, FTR and FTS models with an Isuzu
six-speed manual or Allison LCT 2500 six-speed
automatic transmission. It can also be had in a
new model, the FVR and FVD, with ZF manual
or Allison MD 3000 six-speed auto.
At 10.7 tonnes, are the FRR 4x2 (including
tipper) and FRD with the new 4HK1 engine
with either the TC-AMT or Isuzu manual; the
six-cylinder weighs in with the11-tonne FRR
and FRD, including a crew cab, with the same
choice of transmissions; while the new entry-
level full-size 4x2 FVR and FVD models, at 16.5
tonnes are powered by the 260 PS 6HK1 DOC.
A revised multi-information display with larger
screen comes standard across the range, as does
low coolant sensor, while manual models take
advantage of start assist which allows easier,
faster clutch take-up. All manual models of FSS
and FTS 4x4s now get hill-start assist to prevent
roll-back on inclines.
A passenger-side air suspension seat is
fitted on the FTS single and crew cab, as well
as the FTR crew cab and satellite navigation
is standard on all models. Safety remains
paramount for Isuzu, with all F Series models
retaining cornering front lights and passenger
airbags first introduced in 2013.
At the media launch in Melbourne neither
DAVE the talking truck, nor anyone else, for
that matter, mentioned prices of the product.
Apparently these are strictly between the maker
Isuzu has been number one in sales in
Australia for the past 27 years. Even Elvis, The
Beatles or Michael Jackson could not boast that.
For more Isuzu 4 Series news, contact
Mildura Truck Centre, LMCT 5788 at 293
Benetook Avenue, phone 5051 2800. Visit www.
milduratruck.com.au or www.isuzu.com.au
Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 19, 2016
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