Isuzu has launched its new range of Grafter 3.5-tonne rigids, which bring improved performance, significant weight savings and a better ride quality.
Dubbed Grafter Green, the 4×2 chassis cab rigids are available in both single and twin rear wheel configuration and come with a new, downsized Euro 6-compliant 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that replaces the previous 120hp 3.0 litre and offers 122hp and torque of 320Nm @ 1600-2000rpm. The new engine is more fuel efficient – recent independent test reports of the new vehicle have suggested a figure of up to 30mpg – and offers lower CO2 thanks to its Lean NOx Trap technology, which crucially does not require AdBlue.
The Grafter Green also features a new six-speed MCV6W manual gearbox that brings a lighter and more precise gear shift, and also introduces a new front suspension and steering system said to bring more concise steering and improvements in ride and handling.
Despite the addition of new technology and various design changes within the cab, the Grafter Green range also brings a reduced weight for the chassis cab in both single and twin rear wheel configurations. Weighing in at 1,710kg, the Grafter Green single rear wheel SWB chassis cab is 152kg lighter than its predecessor, while the twin rear wheel LWB Grafter Green is 150kg lighter than the older model.
The new Grafter Green range also brings improvements in both stationary and driving sound levels.
Pete Murphy, managing director of Isuzu Truck UK, said: “The new Isuzu Grafter Green is not only a Grafter by name. The changes and improvements will provide operators with a truck that is both hard-working and versatile and that can take any type of job in its stride. We believe that with our new Grafter Green, Isuzu Truck will continue to be the major supplier of forward control 3.5 tonners to the UK commercial vehicle market for many years to come.”