The 2022 F Series range of trucks from Isuzu have been unveiled on the back of an all-new audio visual unit and industry-leading, new vehicle six year warranty and roadside package.
A 10.1-inch touchscreen audio visual and multimedia unit, the MyIsuzu Co-Pilot, is being marketed as an all-in-one smart partner out on the road by the OEM who has complemented many of the high-volume models in the range with advanced safety features.
The 4×2 models powered by the high-tech and efficient four-cylinder N-4HK1 engine come equipped with Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Distance Warning System (DWS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
These models and the larger FTR and FV models have, as an additional benefit, received Electronic Stability Control (ESC), while the Electronic Braking System is introduced to the four-cylinder FSR and FTR and FV models.
New LED headlamps for all FRR/D, FSR/D, FTR and FV models have been installed for improved night-time operation while cab-tilt warning has been introduced across the entire range.
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.
Isuzu’s highly regarded aftermarket support is bolstered with warranty upgrades across the range, featuring a six-year standard warranty with much higher distance and engine hour limits than previous models, as well as a six-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,” he said.
“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.
“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,” concluded Spaltman.
The brand-new AV unit was developed in partnership with Blaupunkt Asia Pacific with a design and user interface exclusive to Isuzu according to 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,” he said.
“Drivers will appreciate the array of features from this major in-cab upgrade — this really is the latest in automotive AV technology,” said Humphries.
“The inclusion as standard of a new, digital low-light capable reversing camera furthers the smarts and safety of these models.”
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 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.