Isuzu Commercial Truck of America introduced its newest model—the 2016 NPR Diesel. The truck features a 13,000-lb. GVWR and a 33.5-inch frame to offer more capability than previously available in an entry-level Isuzu diesel truck, according to the company.
“With a 13,000-lb. GVWR, the new NPR Diesel approaches the capacity of a Class 4 truck, but at a Class 3 price,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager. “This truck is the latest example of how Isuzu is committed to lowering the cost of truck ownership without sacrificing performance, practicality, long-term reliability or fuel efficiency.”
Features of the 2016 NPR Diesel include:
Standard 30-gallon rear-mounted in-rail fuel tank
Frame width of 33.5 inches that will accept bodies up to 102 inches wide and 91 inches high
Four wheelbases—109, 132.5, 150, and 176 inches—that will accept body lengths up to 20 feet
The new NPR Diesel is powered by the 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TC turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. The powerplant produces 150 horsepower and 282 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 to 2,800 rpm, the company noted.
“With its peak torque available at low and mid-range engine speeds, the 4J engine gives drivers both good off-the-line acceleration and passing power,” Skinner said.
The engine has a B-10 diesel engine life rating of 310,000 miles. And in keeping with Isuzu’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the engine is capable of running on B20 biodiesel fuel, the company said.
The powerplant is mated to an Aisin A460 six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive, lock-up torque converter that operates in second through sixth gears, and available PTO.
“Last year, Isuzu trucks celebrated their 30th anniversary in the North America market,” Skinner said. “This year, we enter the next three decades in America with a truck that truly embodies everything that Isuzu is all about—low cost of acquisition, class-above capability, tremendous fuel efficiency, proven reliability and the ultimate in low cost of ownership. We couldn’t be prouder than we are of the new NPR Diesel.”
Production of the 2016 NPR Diesel will begin in Japan in November 2015, and the truck will be available at Isuzu’s network of nearly 300 dealers in North America shortly thereafter.