New Isuzu Truck AWD Model In Australia

Gaining Traction with new AWD model

Isuzu Trucks has recently introduced the NLS 200 All Wheel Drive to its range. An entry level model to Isuzu's off highway capable line-up, it provides drivers with a versatile light truck that performs well both on and off the road.

Ease-of-use has always been an important consideration in the design of N Series trucks, and this new car licence category AWD model offers the same benefits found in Australia's best selling light truck, to buyers who regularly see off road work.

Fitted with manual locking front hubs and a limited slip differential in the rear axle, the NLS 200 provides drivers with a secure driveline connection when the terrain calls for increased traction.

"We anticipate the NLS 200 AWD will be suited to a number of different applications," Isuzu Product Planning & Engineering Support Manager, Colin White said.

"For instance it will appeal to councils who tend to parks and gardens and the rural fire authorities who need to access fire trails, and it will also see service in mines as a communications vehicle."

To add to the safety and level of grip available to the driver, the NLS 200 has been fitted with 205/85R16 G557 lug tyres, and to improve the vehicle's abilities both on and off-road, it incorporates a torsion bar independent front suspension system.

"The independent front suspension provides a very nice ride on the highway, while maintaining solid capability and sure-footedness in off road conditions," Mr White said. "The new NLS 200 AWD continues our practice of offering light trucks that are easy for drivers to use while meeting their vocational requirements in the best possible way."

Unlike its larger NPS 250 and NPS 300 stable mates, the NLS 200 makes use of a single speed transfer case incorporating a viscous coupling drive to the front wheels. This enables the driver to add front-wheel drive to the equation via a convenient dashboard mounted switch, once the locking front hubs have been engaged.

Rated at a maximum GVM of 4,500 kg, the NLS 200 offers an excellent balance of payload capability combined with car-like comfort and convenience features, including ABS and ASR traction control, integrated air conditioning, a contoured adjustable driver's seat, driver's airbag, central locking and electric windows.

Powering the NLS 200 is the SiTEC Series II 150, 4-cylinder 2,999cc common rail diesel engine with an air-to-air intercooler and electronically controlled variable nozzle turbocharger –a potent but fuel efficient design.

Performance is enhanced due to the engine’s flat torque curve that reaches its peak just after 1,500 rpm and holds a flat torque rating until 2,800 rpm. Maximum power is 110 kW @ 2,800 rpm with maximum torque of 375 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,800rpm.

Mated to the Euro IV spec SiTEC engine is Isuzu's popular 5 speed overdrive manual transmission, incorporating full synchromesh on all forward gears.

The NLS 200 AWD is only available as a short wheelbase single cab variant.

For more information on the AWD and the wide range of Isuzu Truck products for Australia, please visit www.isuzu.com.au

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