ISUZU Rolls Out Low-Cab-Forward Lineup

May 1, 2001
AMERICAN ISUZU MOTORS Inc announces its low-cab-forward (LCF) N-Series and F-Series Class 3-7 vehicle lineup for 2002. Model choices start with the Class

AMERICAN ISUZU MOTORS Inc announces its low-cab-forward (LCF) N-Series and F-Series Class 3-7 vehicle lineup for 2002. Model choices start with the Class 3-4 N-Series trucks. Offered in NPR Diesel, NPR HD Diesel, NPR Gas, and NPR HD Gas models, the N-Series has a wheelbase and weight rating for virtually any application. In the Class 5 segment, Isuzu offers the NQR and FRR. Class 6-7 offerings include the FRR, FSR, FTR, and FVR models.


N-Series models come in wheelbase lengths of 109", 132.5", 150", and 176". They are equipped with front and rear semielliptical steel alloy leaf springs and shock absorbers. N-Series trucks also feature self-adjusting front disc and rear drum brakes and anti-lock brakes as standard equipment.

NPR's 33.5"-wide frame accommodates standard body installations as long as 10 to 20 feet. The rivetless top frame flange helps simplify body mounting and promotes long life. Deep-section, straight-channel rails have a section modulus of 7.2 cubic inches and an RBM of 316,800 ft-lbs/inch. All NPR trucks now have a standard 30-gallon fuel tank mounted between the framerails.

NPR, NPR-HD Diesel

The 2000 Class 3 NPR and Class 4 NPR-HD are powered by an Isuzu turbocharged 4.8-liter 4HE1-TC diesel engine that delivers 142 horsepower at 2800 rpm and 275 ft-lbs torque at 1300 rpm for trucks with a manual transmission. NPR trucks with an automatic transmission use a version offering 175 hp at 2700 rpm and 347 ft-lb torque at 2000 rpm. The intercooled engine has the patented Variable Swirl System chamber design.

A MXA5C synchronized, five-speed manual transmission provides stronger gears for durability, longevity, and power take-off (PTO) capability. An optional Aisin 450-43LE four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter is available. The NPR and NPR-HD are available in 12,000- and 14,500-lb GVWRs, respectively.

NPR Gas, HD Gas

The Class 3 NPR Gas and Class 4 NPR HD Gas are equipped with a 5.7-liter engine that produces 250 hp and 330 ft-lbs of torque. Decreased emissions, less noise and improved fuel economy are the result of engine features that include sequential port fuel injection, mass airflow metering, linear EGR valves, roller lifters, and a standard engine oil cooler. The NPR Gas is equipped with an upgraded 4L80-E automatic four-speed overdrive transmission as standard equipment. The NPR Gas comes in 11,050-lb GVWR and the HD version's 14,050-lb GVWR.


NQR takes the N-Series design to Class 5 weight specifications with an increased GVWR of 17,950 pounds and a body payload capability from 10,382 to 10,592 pounds. Offered in four wheelbase choices, the NQR can handle bodies ranging from 12 to 20 feet long. Gross axle ratings range up to 6,830 pounds in the front and 14,550 pounds in the rear. Power for the NQR is provided by an Isuzu 4.75-liter, 4HE1-TC turbocharged, intercooled, direct-injection four-cylinder, overhead-cam diesel engine. This unit makes 175-gross hp at 2700 rpm and 347 ft-lbs gross torque at 2000 rpm.

The NQR comes with either a standard Isuzu MBP6P synchromesh six-speed overdrive manual transmission with ceramic-lined clutch or optional four-speed overdrive Aisin 450-43LE automatic with lock-up torque converter (second through fourth gears). Both have PTO capabilities.


The Class 5 FRR offers an 18,000 to 19,500-lb GVWR. It has a 7.8-liter six-cylinder Isuzu engine delivering 200 hp at 2400 rpm and 441 ft-lbs torque at 1500 rpm. The standard transmission is an Isuzu MLD6Q manual six-speed with overdrive. An optional Allison AT542 four-speed automatic transmission is available. With wheelbases of 148", 167", 179", 191", and 218", the FRR can handle bodies from 14 to 24 feet. It has a 34"-wide steel frame. Daytime running lights, ABS, built-in door beams, padded low-rounded dash, non-slip entry step, grab handles, and 85° door openings have been added.


Powered by a turbocharged intercooled six-cylinder Isuzu engine, the Class 6 FSR delivers 200 hp at 2400 rpm and 441 ft-lbs torque at 1500 rpm. It features a 34"-wide steel frame. The FSR offers a 23,100-lb GVWR, with wheelbases of 140" to 248". The six-speed Isuzu MLD6Q manual transmission with overdrive is standard. An Allison AT545 automatic is available as an option.


The Class 6-7 FTR includes 140"-248" wheelbase models with GVWRs of 25,950 pounds for Class 6 and 30,000 pounds for Class 7. Both versions are equipped with a choice of Rockwell air/drum brake system or hydraulic front and rear disc brakes with Bendix Hydro Max performance boosters. They are powered by Isuzu's 6HK1-TC six-cylinder turbocharged, intercooled direct-injection engine delivering 200 hp at 2400 rpm and 441 ft-lbs torque at 1500 rpm. The FTR is equipped with either an Isuzu MLD6Q six-speed manual transmission with overdrive, or an Allison AT545 four-speed automatic, also with overdrive.


A Class 7, 33,000-lb-GVWR truck, the FVR is powered by an Isuzu 6HK1-TC six-cylinder diesel engine delivering more horsepower and torque than other F-Series models. Developing 230 gross hp at 2400 rpm and 506 ft-lbs torque at 1500 rpm, the six-cylinder, turbocharged engine is intercooled. With wheelbases from 140" to 248", body lengths run from 14 to 28 feet. The FVR is equipped with a standard six-speed MLD6Q manual transmission with overdrive. For more information on these vehicles, phone 800-785-5445 or access

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