The company is launching three S versions of popular models, offering more power and more choice when it comes to transmissions. The FRD 600-S, FSD 700-S and FSD 850-S all come with a tweaked version of the regular 7.8-litre engine which now produces an additional 15kW and 55Nm of torque, for a total of 191kW and 761Nm. An Isuzu six-speed manual or Allison torque convertor type automatic are available for FRD 600-S, which is rated to 11,000kg (including the truck and its load).
The FSD 700-S and FSD 850-S can be fitted with three transmissions including the Isuzu six-speed manual, the fully automatic Allison or the second generation Isuzu automated manual transmission (AMT). These trucks are rated at 12,000kg and 18,000kg respectively. All three rigs feature Hendrickson HAS200 airbag suspension at the rear.
Isuzu is also offering five limited edition trucks based on the FRD 600-S Long, FRD 600-S Long Premium Auto, FSD 700-S Long, FSD 700-S Long Premium AMT and FSD 700-S Long Premium Auto. These models get the S upgrades, as well LED daytime running lights in the front bumpers and polished Alcoa aluminium wheels. Interior extras include satellite navigation, premium speakers and steering wheel mounted controls for the centre information screen.
"Those who spend long hours in the cabin will appreciate the premium speakers and satellite navigation – we expect these models to be quickly snapped up by value conscious customers who also want to stand out from the crowd," says Isuzu Australia marketing manager, Jeff Birdseye. Isuzu has sold more than 138,000 trucks in Australia during the last 25 years and the company estimates that one in every four new trucks sold in Australia this year, will be an Isuzu.