Isuzu N-Series Gas Truck – — For those of you that only remember Isuzu as a quirky car company from the 1990’s and 2000’s, you’ve only heard about a quarter of the real story of the fabled history of Isuzu. Sure, the Impulse, the Trooper and even the Rodeo might be remembered by the people that bought them, many of us can recall the slightly-ahead-of-its-time VehiCROSS for being more than a little peculiar. But, since 2009 we haven’t seen a new Isuzu badge in the United States, at least not on a production car or SUV.
But if you have been paying attention, you might have noticed there are quite a few light duty Class 3 trucks bearing the Isuzu badge driving around. That’s because whether it be a dump truck, box truck, landscaping or refrigeration truck, the Isuzu N-Series gas trucks have been piling up miles upon miles in service to owners all over the world. The N-Series was designed with a 200,000 mile lifespan with relatively basic maintenance. It can be set up to not only use regular gas as fuel, but Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) if it a better option for you and your use.
The Isuzu N-Series gas truck can be had in a variety of configurations from three seats to a seven passenger crew cab, with a wheelbase of 109 to 176-inches, and able to hold a body ranging in length from 10 to 20 feet with a GVWR of up to 14,500 pounds. Powered by a 6.6-liter gas engine, the N-Series makes an impressive 350-horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. That power is then routed through a stout six-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu is proud (and deservedly so) of the fact that the N-Series, is the number one best selling Low-Cab Forward truck since 1986. This design strategy allows both driver and passengers far more visibility than a conventional cab. This design also allows up to four more feet of body length that allows for more cargo room and simultaneously also allows the Isuzu N-Series to have better maneuverability than an equally equipped conventional truck. As with most work trucks, the list of standard equipment for driver and passenger comfort isn’t all that extensive, partially because work is work and priorities are skewed in that direction. But more than that, Isuzu knows that trucks like the N-Series are going to be highly customized to suite the needs of the particular vocation it was chosen for, so while there are few standard features, the N-Series does have quite a list of optional features to tailor your truck to your needs.
Things like keyless entry, power and heated mirrors, an air deflector, chrome grille, seat covers, a suspension seat, high-visibility red seatbelts, as well as a block and oil pan heater are all available. There is also a backup alarm, a speed limiter (65 mph) to keep those questionable employees from trying to drag race or drift in a box truck. Although it is optional, the Alpine ILX-207 touchscreen infotainment system is almost indispensable. This system works with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as having Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports, and an HDMI input.
Also available is Isuzu’s safety package called MobilEye. This system incorporates things like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Headway Monitoring and Warning, as well as Pedestrian Collision Warning all in a wonderful symphony of safety. And while no safety system can completely nullify consistently poor driving, Isuzu certainly gives its drivers the best possible chance to have success wherever the N-Series, and life, may take them.
For not much more than the cost of a fully loaded half-ton pickup truck, you can have a well equipped Isuzu N-Series gas truck that is more than capable of helping you and your business thrive even in this era of instability and chaos. Isuzu has come a long way from the days of rebadging other company’s trucks and the N-Series is proof. Though, we wouldn’t mind seeing the VehiCROSS make a comeback in today’s SUV infatuated market, then we would have the best of both worlds from Isuzu.