March 11 2019 12:00 AM

They will begin rolling out sometime next year.

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., Anaheim, California, a manufacturer and distributor of low cab forward trucks, announced production plans for its 2019 and 2020 model year lineup at the National Truck Equipment Association’s 2019 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The biggest news is the addition of two new Class 5 gasoline engine models next year: the NQR Gas (with a target Gross Vehicle Weight Ratio of 17,950 pounds) and the NRR Gas (with a target GVWR of 19,500 pounds). Both will be powered by a General Motors 6.0-liter Vortec V8 supplied by PSI and will be mated to an Allison 1000 RDS transmission with a PTO gear.

Production is expected to begin in mid-2020.

“We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Isuzu trucks in the North American market this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than to expand our lineup,” said Shaun C. Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “We’re thrilled to bring the convenience and low cost of ownership of our N-Series gasoline truck to Class 5 and a whole new group of customers.”

A prototype is available for viewing at Isuzu’s display at the NTEA event in Booth #4639 at the Indiana Convention Center.

In addition to the Class 5 gasoline trucks, Isuzu announced a number of refinements to its returning lineup of diesel- and gas-powered trucks, including new driver-assistance and audio options for all models.

Beginning May 2019, all Isuzu N-Series and F-Series trucks will be available with a suite of Mobileye advanced driver-assistance features, including Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Headway Monitoring Warning, which helps drivers maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead.

Also starting in May 2019, all Isuzu N-Series and F-Series trucks will offer new audio and backup camera options.

The base NPR Diesel and Reach models have been discontinued.

Air conditioning is now standard equipment for the 2020 Isuzu NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR.

The 2020 Isuzu FTR’s air compressor stroke was increased improving air output volume by approximately 33 percent. A purge valve silencer added to air dryer, reducing excess purge valve noise.

Also for the FTR, effective as of late April 2019, a new Dana S19-140 rear axle will replace the Dana 19060S to achieve an 86-pound weight reduction. A 50-gallon fuel tank will be optional for the 188-, 200-, 212- and 224-inch wheelbase models. New optional 255/70R22.5H low-profile tires will reduce frame height by approximately 2.4 inches. A new cab latch switch and indicator lamp with buzzer will be added to the Multi-Information Display in the instrument panel. Finally, Alcoa clean-buff aluminum wheels with wheel separator and hub cover option with be available on four- and six-wheel models.

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