Isuzu’s Servicepack vehicles have been described as ‘tool sheds on wheels’, and the latest additions to the range – the NLS 45-150 All Wheel Drive Crew Servicepack, the NPR 45/55-155 Servicepack, the NPS 75-155 4×4 Servicepack and the NPS 75-155 4×4 Crew Servicepack – will enable drivers to securely transport more equipment to the job site, wherever that may be.
The NLS 45-150 All Wheel Drive (AWD) Crew Servicepack is poised to be the new ‘go-to’ vehicle for fleet and service managers.
Under the hood is the powerful yet efficient Isuzu 4JJ1-TCS engine, producing 110 kW @ 2,800 rpm and 375 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,800 rpm.
This power, coupled with an on-demand, part-time, all wheel drive system, independent front suspension and double acting hydraulic shock absorbers, means the NLS gets to the job site, no matter how hairy the access road may be.
“A great deal of consideration has gone into ensuring the AWD Crew Servicepack caters to the unique needs of Australian fleet managers and drivers,” Isuzu Australia Limited Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Simon Humphries, said.
The spacious crew cab has a rear bench seat with capacity for three, a contoured adjustable driver’s bucket seat and a front passenger bench seat that can comfortably fit two.
The NLS 45-150 Crew Servicepack also makes moving equipment easy thanks to its GVM of 4,500 kg, not to mention its 2,500 kg rated towbar with integrated rear step – all helping to make light work of on demand towing jobs.
“The AWD NLS Servicepack is a direct response to the tricky Australian conditions light trucks often have to navigate,” Mr Humphries said.
“Its reliable traction opens up an even greater range of job sites and provides new levels of accessibility.”
Out the back, the Servicepack’s fully powdercoated steel service body makes stowing and securing gear easier thanks to seven lockable, LED-lit storage compartments with a total volume of 3.2 m3 and a 1.88 m x 1.0 m central storage area with chequerplate floor and four tie down points.
Where the NLS 45-150 Crew Servicepack was engineered as a go-anywhere solution for operators, the NPR 45/55-155 Servicepack was birthed to fulfil a different mission – to out-carry, out-perform and out-class the average Australian work ute.
“Isuzu is very excited about adding the NPR 45/55-155 to the line-up of Servicepack vehicles,” Mr Humphries said.
“The Servicepack builds on the NPR’s established reputation, creating a safe and reliable alternative to tradespeople transporting unsafe loads on the back of their utilities.”
The NPR 45/55-155 has a GVM of 5,500 kg, but is also available de-rated to 4,500 kg so it can be driven on a car licence.
The seven lockable storage compartments built into the fully powdercoated steel service body – with a boosted total volume of 3.7 m3 – means tools and equipment can be transported to the job site safely and securely.
The 3,500 kg rated towbar means tradies can hitch a trailer to the Servicepack and fully utilise the vehicle’s abundant power under load.
Even when tasked with some seriously heavy lifting, the 5.2 L Isuzu 4HK1-TCN engine means the NPR isn’t going to labour.
This is due to the 114 kW @ 2,600 rpm and 419 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,600 rpm engine ratings.
“The NPR 45/55-155 isn’t just about flexing muscle,” Mr Humphries said.
“This vehicle’s incarnation as a ready to work Servicepack offers more options and efficiencies than ever before, especially around towing and payload.
“Another bonus of each pre-bodied Servicepack is that the storage compartment locking is actually integrated with the vehicle’s central locking.” he said.
“Tool theft and general security was key feedback we received from many of our customers.”
Offering drivers additional peace of mind is a key driver of innovation at Isuzu. That’s why when the company was engineering the NPS 75-155 4×4 Servicepack and NPS 75-155 4×4 Crew Servicepack, they knew they needed to produce two of the toughest iterations of the Servicepack to date.
“Australian emergency services crews send the NPS 4x4s into some pretty difficult situations, both on and off the beaten path, because they know this is a vehicle that they can rely on,” Mr Humphries said.
“At every stage of production, we were mindful of the trust drivers were going to need to put in their NPS Servicepack. Ultimately we delivered two of the most dependable 4×4 vehicles in the entire Isuzu range.”
The NPS 75-155 4×4 Servicepack models have a GVM of 7,500 kg, and the 3,500 kg rated towbar offers solid pulling capability.
The 5.2 L Isuzu 4HK1-TCN engine generates 114 kW @ 2,600 rpm and 419 Nm @1,600 – 2,600 rpm, giving the NPS enough muscle to comfortably navigate terrain that other trucks would simply struggle with.
The electric control switches for high/low range and 4WD engagement in the NPS make the transition from on road to off smooth for drivers too.
“Isuzu knows that people driving the NPS 4×4 need to be able to rely on their vehicle, especially given the conditions they’re likely operating in,” Mr Humphries said.
In the crew cab model, the rear bench seat with capacity for four adults – along with the 3-point lap sash seatbelts in all outboard seating positions – means the team is going to be secure whether on the bitumen or the fire trail.
The NPS 75-155 4×4 Servicepack is also bristling with features out the back.
The vehicle comes fitted out with a Palfinger PC1500 crane (standard with NPS single cab only) with a maximum hydraulic outreach of 3.1 m, manual outreach of 4.2 m and a lifting capacity of 990 kg. It also offers 9 lockable storage compartments and a 2.26 m x 1.17 m central storage area.
Last but not least, each Servicepack model in the Isuzu range is supplied with a reversing camera as standard, for enhanced safety and convenience.
Overall, these new Servicepack models have been designed to better cater to the wide range of applications the Australian tradie is likely to throw at their vehicle.
By allowing operators to carry more equipment, more securely, and to more places, these additions will ensure the Servicepack range is in the best possible position to help Isuzu as the brand works hard to retain its title of Australia’s top-selling truck brand for the 29th consecutive year.
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