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Isuzu Introduces 2016 High-Capacity GVWR NPR Diesel

That power of the GVWR NPR Diesel doesn’t come at the expense of durability.

Fri November 20, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. introduced the 2016 NPR Diesel. The truck features a 13,000-lb. (5,897 kg) GVWR and a 33.5-in. (85 cm) frame to offer more capability than previously available in an entry-level Isuzu diesel truck — while still providing legendary Isuzu durability and fuel economy.

“With a 13,000-lb. GVWR, the new NPR Diesel approaches the capacity of a Class 4 truck, but at a Class 3 price,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “This truck is the latest example of how Isuzu is committed to lowering the cost of truck ownership without sacrificing performance, practicality, long-term reliability or fuel efficiency.”

Among the notable features of the 2016 NPR Diesel:

• Standard 30-gal. (113.5 L) rear-mounted in-rail fuel tank

• Frame width of 33.5 in. that will accept bodies up to 102 in. (259 cm) wide and 91 in. (231 cm) high

• Four wheelbases — 109, 132.5, 150, and 176 in. (277, 336.5, 381 and 447 cm) — that will accept body lengths up to 20 ft. (6 m)

The new NPR Diesel is powered by the newest and most modern powerplant in the Isuzu family, the 3.0-L 4JJ1-TC turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. The powerplant produces 150 hp and 282 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 to 2,800 rpm.

“With its peak torque available at low and mid-range engine speeds, the 4J engine gives drivers both good off-the-line acceleration and passing power,” Skinner said.

That power doesn’t come at the expense of durability. The engine has a B-10 diesel engine life rating of 310,000 mi. And in keeping with Isuzu’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the engine is capable of running on B20 biodiesel fuel.

The powerplant is mated to an Aisin A460 six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive, lock-up torque converter that operates in second through sixth gears, and available PTO.

Together, the engine and transmission help the new NPR Diesel achieve class-leading fuel economy, according to the manufacturer.

The 2016 NPR Diesel is backed with a standard powertrain limited warranty that covers engine and drivetrain against defects in material and workmanship for three years, unlimited mileage. The NPR Diesel also is warranted against perforation from corrosion for four years regardless of mileage.

“Last year, Isuzu trucks celebrated their 30th anniversary in the North America market,” said Skinner. “This year, we enter the next three decades in America with a truck that truly embodies everything that Isuzu is all about — low cost of acquisition, class-above capability, tremendous fuel efficiency, proven reliability and the ultimate in low cost of ownership. We couldn’t be prouder than we are of the new NPR Diesel.”

Production of the 2016 NPR Diesel will begin in Japan in November 2015, and the truck will be available at Isuzu’s network of nearly 300 dealers in North America shortly thereafter.

For more information, call 866/441-9638 or visit

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