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Isuzu introduces 2016 13,000-lb. GVWR NPR diesel

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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. has introduced its newest model: The 2016 NPR Diesel. The truck features a 13,000-lb. GVWR and a 33.5-in. frame to offer more capability than previously available in an entry-level Isuzu diesel truck, while still providing durability and fuel economy, the company said.

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“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.”

The company touts the following features of the new truck:

• Standard 30-gal. rear-mounted in-rail fuel tank;
• Frame width of 33.5 in. that will accept bodies up to 102 in. wide and 91 in. high; and
• Four wheelbases—109, 132.5, 150, and 176 in.—that will accept body lengths up to 20 ft.

The new NPR Diesel is powered by 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.

The engine has a B-10 diesel engine life rating of 310,000 miles, and is capable of running on B20 biodiesel fuel. The truck is backed by a standard powertrain limited warranty that covers engine and drivetrain against defects in material and workmanship for three years, unlimited mileage.

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Production of the 2016 NPR Diesel will begin in Japan in November 2015, and the truck will be available in North America shortly thereafter.

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