ISUZU BRINGS TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS TO 2022 F SERIES RANGE
The release of the 2022 Isuzu F Series truck models brings a host of technology and advanced safety features to many high-volume models in the range, with improved operator and ownership experience assured across all models—including an all-new 10.1-inch touch-screen audio-visual unit and another industry-leading, new vehicle 6-year warranty and roadside package.
Advanced safety features are introduced in 4×2 models powered by the high-tech and efficient four-cylinder N-4HK1 engine, including Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Distance Warning System (DWS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Additionally, these models and the larger FTR and FV models, receive Electronic Stability Control (ESC), while Electronic Braking System is introduced to the four-cylinder FSR and FTR and FV models.
Improved night-time operation is provided through new LED headlamps for all FRR/D, FSR/D, FTR and FV models, while the entire range receives a safety boost with the introduction of cab-tilt warning.
In the cab, the four-cylinder 4×2 models also have a new instrument panel with 4.2-inch colour multi-info display and steering wheel controls.
Further highlights of the 2022 release include an upgraded GCM of 21,000 kg for FSR, FTR and FTS models with the 6HK1 260PS engine.
And in a boon for owners, Isuzu’s highly regarded aftermarket support is further bolstered with warranty upgrades across the range, featuring a 6-year standard warranty with much higher distance and engine hour limits than previous models, as well as a 6-year roadside assist package*.
“The Isuzu F Series has enjoyed excellent customer acceptance over the years, and the 2022 model year release offers even more for medium-duty truck operators, from improved owner and driver experience to even greater application suitability,” said Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman.
“In planning this model release, we’ve looked at how our customers are using their medium-duty trucks and we’ve targeted our updates at the key market requirements.
“We’ve introduced active safety with ADAS to the volume 12 to 14 tonne GVM segment and in doing so, we’ve got features that match the operating environment,” he continued
“In the heavier end of our offering, again the introduction of electronic stability control and electronic braking system brings the features that operators of these models, namely fleets, are looking for.
“And our 6-year warranty and roadside upgrades for all models further underlines our confidence in the reliability and performance over time, of our specification for this range,” Mr Spaltman concluded.
AV ups the ante
Isuzu’s new audio visual and multimedia unit, the MyIsuzu Co-Pilot, is a 10.1-inch touch-screen, all-in-one smart partner out on the road.
“We developed this brand-new AV unit with partners Blaupunkt Asia Pacific with a design and user interface that is exclusive to Isuzu,” said IAL Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Simon Humphries.
“We’ve also introduced a new navigation system from HERE Navigation with smart updates for maps, live traffic with a mobile phone wifi connection and the requisite truck specific data and routing.
“Drivers will appreciate the array of features from this major in-cab upgrade—this really is the latest in automotive AV technology.
“The inclusion as standard of a new, digital low-light capable reversing camera furthers the smarts and safety of these models,” he said.
4×2 Models with the four-cylinder 4-NHK1 engine in the 11 to 14 tonne GVM range feature the full complement of Isuzu’s active safety suite.
The unit’s operating intelligence is gathered via a millimetre-wave radar and camera, monitoring and analysing the environment in front of the truck.
“Our technology approach has been adopted to cater for the types of applications and locations that these trucks operate in,” said Mr Humphries.
“The combination radar and camera is well suited to both urban and regional usage, while the upgrade to full-air brakes in the FSR models provides improved braking response and faster acting electronic stability control.”
Night lights get extra bight
“We’ve really increased the performance and efficiency of the headlights on all models, except 4x4s, with new LED headlamps that feature LED position (parking) lamps and LED main beam lamps. The high beam is still a halogen globe, however when combined with the LED main beam, coverage is still superior,” said Mr Humphries.
“The spread and intensity of the lights is a huge improvement on the previous halogen-only lamps, whether in low or high beam settings, plus they use less power overall.
“Lower alternator draw ultimately means lower fuel consumption and every little bit counts,” he said.
“With all the other updates, and the proven F Series underpinnings, our 2022 range is bristling with quality features that are sure to further the operational appeal for our customers.”
The heavy-duty Isuzu FX and FY Series model ranges also receive a select series of updates, including the MyIsuzu Co-Pilot AV unit.
In common with the FV models, FX and FY ranges are upgraded with the new headlamp assembly, with low beam and position LED lamps, and halogen high beam and fog lamps.
“The technology used in these new lights provides performance that is superior to the most premium HID globes, and these aren’t even available for Isuzu models in Australia,” said Mr Humphries.
“This and other inclusions such as the fast USB charger and CAN connector for fleet management systems add to the improved driver and operational amenity of these models,” he concluded.
The 2022 FX and FY Series models ranges benefit from Isuzu’s new aftercare upgrades as well, with most models upped to a 6-year warranty with much higher distance and engine hour limits than previous models—tied in with 6 years of 24/7 Roadside Assist*. * For further information on warranty and aftercare visit: isuzu.com.au. Standard factory warranty on cab chassis excludes 4×4 vehicles and those operating in ‘Harsh Applications’ including concrete agitators and garbage compactors.