Little Superficial Change to the Truck

little superficial change to the truck

Sitting in the new N Series models from Isuzu is a very familiar experience, there is little superficial change to the truck to be seen as the driver jumps into the seat and turns the key in the ignition. The dash does look a little different, there is more to see on the small screen in the middle of the dashboard, but not that much.

In its innate conservatism, Isuzu has not moved to the latest high fidelity screen on the dash. There is just a small screen with some images on it and a couple of small buttons at the bottom to make the limited adjustment available.

little superficial change to the truck
Isuzu’s Chief Engineer Simon Humphries explaining the ADAS controls

On the test drive, the only setting which PowerTorque adjusted was the one controlling the distance to a vehicle ahead. In this urban test drive, it was decided to set this a little further out from the truck than would normally be necessary, in order to get some real life experience of the ADAS being set off in a real situation. 

As a result of this setting, the DWS did beep on a regular basis and we must have come close to setting off the FCW a couple of times. This was a useful exercise to see just how sensitive the ADAS is and to get used to the way it works. Once the driver gets sick of the beeping, it is easy enough to adjust the ADAS so that it only activates when it really needs to alert the driver to something serious. 

Another of the new systems on the N Series, the Auto Lighting System (ALS) did not get an opportunity to activate during the test drive. The skies above Melbourne remained quite bright and the drive didn’t take the trucks through a tunnel, so the lights were unable to show they will turn on automatically in low light situations. 

little superficial change to the truck

Developing Trucks

This new N Series range also introduced some innovations in the way the truck is put together and the way it is presented to the market. The latest technological development have streamlined the process of bringing the new trucks to the market.

During the pandemic the normal exchanges between the engineers in Australia speccing up the new model and the original model design team in Tokyo, were limited with no face-to-face interaction. 

Instead, Isuzu developed a portal between Japan and Australia, where both teams could work on and share the same 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) models and work on them together. This smoothed out the process of taking a Japanese original and adapting it to our rules and conditions.

This development has also had the knock-on effect of making it possible for Isuzu in Australia to provide body builders here, a CAD model of the new truck in advance, to speed up the body design and adaptation process. In the past, body builders have had to wait until the trucks arrived in their workshops to finalise a body design and fitting procedure. 

The new models also feature another pandemic innovation, the QR code. There are now QR codes posted inside the door on each new Isuzu. Scanning these codes takes you to all of the information needed on each particular vehicle, including VIN data, ID codes, warranty info, GVM, GCM and much more.

little superficial change to the truck

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