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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. unveiled what it called major changes intended to enhance its 2022 interim model year N-Series diesel trucks.
The trucks, designated as model year 2022i, were announced by the company during the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Week 2021 virtual trade show.
The 2022i Isuzu N-Series diesel-powered trucks will begin production in July, and will be available at Isuzu’s network of nearly 300 dealers in the United States in the third quarter. Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada also will distribute 2022i Isuzu N-Series diesel-powered trucks through its dealers, according to the Anaheim, Calif.-based company. It is a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
Front view of 2022i Isuzu N-Series diesel-powered truck. (Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc.)
Among the new standard features are electronic vehicle stability control (EVSC) paired with anti-slip regulation (ASR), 4-wheel disc brakes, and refreshed exterior and interior design.
The company also offers an optional advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that includes automatic emergency braking and a lane-departure warning system plus new optional and standard fuel tanks. For customers who do not order the optional ADAS, Isuzu will continue to offer the Mobileye suite of collision and lane-departure warning systems as optional equipment. Mobileye is an Intel company.
Shaun Skinner, president of both Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada said the enhancements come as the outlook for 2021 suggest the medium-duty market will grow in 2021.
“These changes to the foundation of our lineup, our classes 3-5 N-Series diesel-powered trucks, respond to our customers’ requests and come at the perfect time to take advantage of growth in this segment,” he said.
Isuzu was the 2020 market leader in Class 5 U.S. retail sales with 10,892. That was good for a 50% share of the segment that saw total annual sales of 21,783, according to WardsAuto.com.
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Isuzu explained the standard EVSC monitors the truck’s steering wheel angle, individual wheel rotation speed, lateral G forces and more. When the system senses that the vehicle is at risk of losing stability, it alerts the driver via an on-dash warning light and automatically reduces engine output and applies braking pressure as needed to help the truck maintain stability.
It works in tandem with the anti-slip regulation advanced traction-control system intended to provide grip when the truck is on loose or wet surfaces. EVSC and ASR can be manually deactivated by the driver through switches located on the instrument panel.
Meanwhile, the optional ADAS package uses a new dual-camera sensing system mounted atop the vehicle’s dashboard.
Isuzu will add rear disc brakes to the already-standard front disc brakes on the MY 2022i NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR diesel models. The discs are part of a new Vacuum + Power Assist brake system with anti-locking braking. At the limit point of normal vacuum assist, a hydraulic unit will provide additional line pressure. Vacuum assist is a new standard feature for both its NQR and NRR models, according to the company.
Fuel tank improvements in the 2022i N-Series diesel truck include a standard 30-gallon fuel tank constructed of stainless steel rather than conventional steel to improve corrosion resistance. The tank also will be flush mounted to the top of the frame and feature top-mounted, three-eighths-inch fuel return and fuel supply ports to help eliminate cutting and drilling the tank during auxiliary fuel port applications.
Two aluminum side-mounted fuel tanks will be available as factory-installed options.
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