Isuzu Introduces 2016 13,000-LB. GVWR NPR Diesel

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s bestselling low cab forward trucks, today introduced its newest model—the 2016 NPR Diesel. The truck features a 13,000-lb. GVWR and a 33.5-inch 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-gallon rear-mounted in-rail fuel tank
Frame width of 33.5 inches that will accept bodies up to 102 inches wide and 91 inches high
Four wheelbases—109, 132.5, 150, and 176 inches—that will accept body lengths up to 20 feet

The new NPR Diesel is powered by the newest and most modern powerplant in the Isuzu family, the 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TC turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. The powerplant produces 150 horsepower 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 miles. 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 […]