Anyone who’s driven one before knows a low cab forward (LCF) definitely has its advantages. The gas-powered Isuzu N-Series is a testament to that fact, beginning with its increase in visibility and maneuverability compared to conventional trucks. But what else about the gas-powered N-Series makes it a top contender for a fleet owner’s next vehicle purchase? Read on to find out.
Let’s begin with the series’ power. The Isuzu N-Series gas-powered NPR and NPR-HD both feature a 6.6-L V8 engine that offers 350 hp at 4,500 rpm and 425 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. This engine is durable, efficient, and powerful. Direct injection, electronic throttle control, and variable valve timing increase the engine’s acceleration and efficiency.
The 6.6-L V8 is paired with a 6-speed automatic, Hydra-Matic transmission, which includes a lock-up torque converter and two overdrive gears. Additionally, it’s programmed for optimal efficiency and acceleration.
The Class 3 NPR features a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 12,000 lbs, and the Class 4 NPR-HD features a GVWR of 14,500 lbs. Axle ratings are the same for both vehicles, with a front axle capacity of 6,830 lbs and a rear axle rating of 14,550 lbs. The NPR offers a payload capacity of up to 6,796 lbs, and the NPR-HD offers a payload capacity of up to 8,941 lbs. Both trucks can accommodate bodies up to 20-ft long thanks to their four different wheelbase choices: 109, 132.5, 150, and 176 inches.
Further, the Isuzu N-Series features a 38.6-gallon fuel tank that rests between the rear frame rails. This prevents the tanks from interfering with body components.
The clear frame rails along with the N-Series’ engine and transmission pairing is a good start, but what about from a driver’s standpoint?
Fleet drivers typically prefer driving a truck that’s comfortable and less fatigue inducing. They’ll find that in the N-Series. The series’ comfortable cabs feature a newly designed interior and improved forward visibility. The interior includes seat covers with a gray and blue fabric that improves the look and feel of the interior while protecting the seats from long days on the job.
A large windshield and low cab forward design offers eight more feet of visibility for the driver. Isuzu strategically located the vertical A-pillars to improve the driver’s peripheral view as well.
Speaking of visibility, one thing Isuzu does that even further improves the driver’s view is found in the cab roof’s construction. Isuzu engineers designed the roof to direct water away from the windshield. It also helps minimize the amount of water that spills over the door when the driver exits the cab. This roof construction detail could be easily overlooked, but it makes a big difference to the driver.
Keeping in the theme of visibility (after all, that’s one of the main points of attraction to low cab forward trucks), the Isuzu N-Series features new LED headlamps and running lights that improve illumination and add style.
Another main point of attraction of the low cab forward design is its maneuverability. Isuzu trucks have a smaller turning radius and tighter wheel cut than conventional trucks. This leads to fewer three-point turns and greater maneuverability in residential spaces, parking lots, and city streets.
Put it all together, and the Isuzu N-Series becomes a driver’s dream.
TO YOUR LIKING
The Isuzu N-Series is available with several features, depending on the owner’s needs and preferences. Exterior features include: power and heated side mirrors to further improve the N-Series’ already outstanding visibility; a roof air deflector to maximize fuel efficiency; a chrome grille to add style; keyless entry; back-up alarm; an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery for a sealed, maintenance-free battery; and a block heater and receptacle.
In-cab features include: Mobileye, a driver-assistance system that alerts and warns drivers of collisions, lane departure, and more for enhanced safety; a suspension seat to improve comfort; seat covers to reduce seat wear; a touchscreen audio system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; high-visibility seatbelts; and more.
THE LCF DIFFERENCE
There’s no denying the improved visibility and maneuverability of a low cab forward, specifically an Isuzu low cab forward. As Modern WorkTruck Solutions’ editor, Jade Brasher, has attested in past articles, the difference in the maneuverability and visibility definitely makes the Isuzu lineup worth a look when it comes to considering future fleet purchases.
With the Class 3 and Class 4 gas-powered N-Series trucks, equipped with a powertrain and driver features that can’t be ignored, fleet owners will find a solution to their medium-duty needs in this capable, comfortable medium-duty truck.
For More Information
Find out more about Isuzu and the N-Series, visit www.isuzucv.com.