Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has started production of their new Class 5 gasoline powered trucks
These trucks are being assembled by Shyft Group’s Builtmore division in Charlotte, Michigan.
Isuzu is offering their new gas powertrain in two models. The NRR is the first 19,500 lb. GVWR gas-powered truck with a low cab forward design on the market. It is joined by the NQR, which has a GVWR of 17,950 lbs. The cab-over-engine design of these trucks leaves more space on the frame for bodies. This lets customers utilize more space or choose a shorter wheelbase for better maneuverability. Available wheelbases range from 132.5 to 176 inches. Both trucks are available with a choice of two cabs. The standard cab offers seating for three people, and has space for a 20 foot body with the 176 inch chassis. The crew cab seats up to 7 people and has space for a 16 foot body with the longest available chassis.
Powering these trucks is a new 6.0 liter V8 supplied by Power Solutions International. It’s based on a Vortec V8 block, with modifications to meet Isuzu’s specifications for commercial use. This engine produces 311 HP and makes 351 lb-ft. of torque at 4,150 RPM. Power is sent to the rear axle by a 6 speed Allison 1000 RDS automatic transmission. This gearbox has a built-in PTO, a first for a gas-powered Isuzu truck. Both the NQR and NRR come with a 38.6 gallon stainless steel fuel tank that fits between the frame rails. Isuzu offers a 60 month/150,000 mile warranty on the powertrain and drivetrain.