Isuzu recently showed off its new N-Series low-cab-forward truck. Enhancements for 2008 are focused on increasing driver comfort and safety, with a new cab-mounting system said to deliver a smoother ride. The cab itself is larger and more spacious, with more side-to-side and front-to-back room, providing more seat travel on both standard and crew-cab models.
The N-Series also features a new dashboard with a full complement of easy-to-see gauges and warning lamps. A 5-inch opening can accommodate such optional equipment as radios, GPS systems and rear-view cameras.
In addition to being more comfortable and convenient, the all-new cab has greater rust and corrosion protection, from the galvanized steel panels to the electro-deposit paint primer and high-quality enamel paint top coat. The close section and increased gussets and reinforcements also improve the durability of the new cab, while increasing the safety of the driver and passengers.
Additional safety items found on the 2008 N-Series include a new seat belt design; low-cut side windows; larger 17-by-8-inch side mirrors with integrated convex sections; and available heated mirrors.
The N-Series Onyx Edition features a 14,500 GVWR and a 14-foot Supreme van body. It’s powered by the Isuzu 5.2L 4H turbocharged diesel engine delivering 205 horsepower and 441 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850 rpm. A new Aisin A465 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive also is standard.
New F-Series trucks offer a number of enhancements to Allison transmissions. The Extended Service Coverage on the Allison 2200 HS and 2500 HS transmissions increases to four years with unlimited miles; previously, the service coverage was for three years. Both transmissions are now 6-speed, with a second overdrive ratio to improve drivability and fuel economy.
Factory-fill TranSynd transmission fluid is required by Allison to allow the longer Extended Service Coverage. TranSynd also can extend Allison transmission oil drain intervals up to 400 percent.
Also, F-Series customers may spec their vehicles with an Eaton-Fuller manual transmission, available in 6-, 9- or 10-speed (8+2) configurations.
The N- and F-Series will be sold under the Isuzu, Chevy and GMC nameplates.
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