Road Test by Mike Stock
Isuzu’s N-series light-duty workhorse is equally at home as a flatbed, factory-built tipper or urban delivery truck.
Its key marketplace rival is Fuso’s Canter range which hits it straps on the New Zealand market last year under a new distributor. The two Japanese trucks fought tooth-and-nail in 2017, but the Fuso came out on top with 565 registrations to the Isuzu’s 516.
Light-duty N-series Isuzus are available in a wide range of variants, 14 with a GVM of 5995kg or less, and can be driven on a car licence. Most are standard cab but there two Crew Cab models, a 4x2 and a four-wheel drive.
Buyers can choose between six-speed manual or automated manual (AMT) gearboxes; 4x4s are manual only.
Safety kit includes dual front airbags, and the outboard seats have lap/sash seatbelts; the standard infotainment system has a 6.2-inch colour touch-screen with Bluetooth.
Brakes are discs and drums, and all models get an ABS and EBD, plus an exhaust brake. Most models have traction control and hill start-assist, with optional reverse cameras and parking sensors.
Euro 5-compliant turbodiesel four-cylinder motors are offered in 110kW, 114kW and 139kW versions, and wheelbase options range from 2490mm to 4475mm.
Available accessories include bullbars, seat covers, headlight covers; daylight running lights, sound system upgrades and a GPS satellite navigation system are also available...
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