For a business to succeed, mobility is key. Whether you are carrying few tools and fellow engineers to various sites, shuttling staff or delegates, delivering goods from one point to the other, clearing a construction site, lifting heavy loads, mobile concrete mixers, water bowsers, or moving containers/goods from the port the warehouse, Isuzu has the vehicle to cater to that task.
Isuzu is a big brand, a well-known manufacturer of diesel engines but the top of it all, Isuzu vehicles are known for their dependability, reliability, robustness, and good workhorses.
Let us take a brief look at 10 of the most popular Isuzu’s at BE FORWARD.
Isuzu ELF (Truck)
Isuzu Elf (N Series) is a light-duty commercial vehicle manufactured by Isuzu from the year 1959 to the present. The Elf has evolved and is now on its sixth generation which began in 2006.
The Elf, like many Isuzu trucks, is a cabover, available as a High cab, Wide cab, and Regular cab, with a load-carrying capacity of 1-Ton, 2-Ton, 3-Ton, and 3.5-Ton.
The ELF comes with either twin or single rear wheels and features a range of dealer-ready body options such as Tippers, Refrigerators, dropsides, and chassis cabs. The Elf is so flexible; it can accommodate a wide range of bodies and powered accessories.
The latest (6th generation) Elf is powered by two optional diesel engines: the 3.0-liter 4JJ1 and the higher output 5.2-liter 4HK1.
The turbocharged 3.0-liter 4JJ1 four-cylinder diesel engine has powered countless Elf trucks over the years; it produces 147 hp and 277 lb-ft.
The turbocharged 5.2-liter 4HK1 four-cylinder diesel engine produces 153 hp and 309 lb-ft.
Isuzu Como (Van)
The Isuzu Como is a badge-engineered Nissan Caravan that is sold by Isuzu as the Como from 2001 to 2021. The Como is a van-based minibus that can be used as a shuttle for carrying passengers or a cargo van for carrying goods.
The Como is square which maximizes the cargo-carrying abilities but its corners are rounded to make the car look stylish. The presence of rear privacy glass improves the exterior looks.
The Cabin is spacious with the option of a high roof or low roof. The dashboard is car-like, with nice plastic finishing, an easy-to-read instrument cluster, and a gear shift mounted.
Depending on the model you will get either a basic stereo or a touchscreen infotainment system. The van has three front seats, with the center seat serving as an armrest, or cup holder. The Cargo van comes with three seats only, while the passenger model has six to ten seats depending on the model.
The Como comes fitted with a 2.5-liter (QR25) four-cylinder petrol with a five-speed automatic or a 3.0-liter (ZD30) four-cylinder diesel with a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. These engines produce 145 hp and 157 lb-ft and 103 hp and 166 lb-ft respectively.
Isuzu Forward (Truck)
The Isuzu Forward is a medium-duty commercial truck manufactured by Isuzu Motors Japan. The Forward was introduced in the 1970s and is still in production.
The Forward is built in a cabover design that features a cabin on top of the engine. This truck comes with several body configurations designed to suit different purposes, such as concrete mixers, dump trucks, tow trucks, flatbeds with cranes. The Forward is designed to carry loads within the range of 4-Tons up to 7.5-Tons.
Standard features of the Forward include Dual-circuit hydraulic system with EBS, ABS, ASR traction control, an Adjustable steering wheel, Radio, Airbags, Central locking, Electric windows, Cruise control, Power steering, Dual passenger seat, Seat belts, ABS, and Toolbox.
The Forward comes fitted with the turbocharged 5.2-liter (4HK1) inline-4 diesel engine that produces 180 hp and 378 lb-ft. This engine transfers power to the wheels via a six-speed automated manual transmission.
Isuzu Journey (Bus)
The Isuzu Journey is a minibus manufactured by Isuzu Motors Japan. The production of the Journey began in 1970.
The Journey is available as a 26 seat bus known as the Journey M, a 29 seat bus known as Journey L, and the 50 seat bus known as the Journey J. From 1993 to the present, the Isuzu Journey M and Journey L arrived as badged versions of the Nissan Civilian, while the Journey J is a badged version of the Hino Liesse.
These Journey buses offer comfortable seats with enough legroom and shoulder room. The seats are covered with a smooth fabric. The Journey has a wide enough central passage that provides ease of access to all seats without the possibility of hurting your shin or knees.
The Journey is an ideal bus for tourists, schools, or shuttle.
The Isuzu Journey comes fitted with a turbocharged or naturally aspirated 4.2-liter (TD42) inline-6 diesel engine. The turbocharged version produces 145 HP and 244 lb-ft, with average fuel consumption of 8 km/l.
Isuzu Juston (Truck)
Isuzu Juston is a medium-duty truck manufactured by Isuzu Motors Japan. The Juston is designed to fit between the Isuzu Forward and the Isuzu Elf.
The Juston has an Isuzu Elf-type cabin that is fitted to an Isuzu Forward chassis. The Juston is available as a tipper, water tank, sewage truck, or flatbed with a capacity to carry between 3.5-Tons and 4-Tons.
The Juston’s cabin is very basic; it can accommodate the driver and two passengers with enough legroom and headroom. For your storage needs, you get some small door pockets, a glovebox, and some space behind the seats that can be used to store the jack, wheel spanner, and some other tools.
There is also some air conditioning, and a basic AM/FM radio with two speakers fitted on each door.
The Juston has utilized several diesel engines that range between 6.5-liters and 7.8-liters, but most common are the 6H engines.
The Juston comes fitted with the turbocharged 7.2-liter (6HL1) inline-6 that produces 201 HP and the turbocharged 7.8-liter (6HH1) inline-6 that produces 203 HP and 370 lb-ft. These engines transfer power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
Isuzu Forward Juston (Truck)
The Isuzu Forward Juston is a truck that was introduced by Isuzu Motors in 1986. Isuzu built the Forward Juston by installing an Isuzu Elf cabin onto an Isuzu Forward chassis to reduce the weight of the vehicle and maintain the loading capacity, which they achieved.
The reduction in cabin size also reduced the comfort as compared to the Forward. But since the weight of the car was also reduced, it made the forward Juston popular for specialized and customized bodies such as flatbeds, crane trucks, dump trucks, tippers, and concrete mixers.
Like the Isuzu Forward, the Juston fleet was fitted with turbocharged six-cylinder engines, especially those of the 6H series family.
Common engines on the Forward Juston include:
The turbocharged 7.2-liter (6HE1) inline-6 produces 260 hp and 350 lb-ft.
The turbocharged 8.2-liter (6HH1) inline-6 produces 200 hp and 370 lb-ft
The turbocharged 7.2-liter (6HL1) inline-6 produces 180 hp and 300 lb-ft
These engines transfer power to the wheels via a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu Bighorn (SUV)
The Isuzu Bighorn (Trooper) is a medium-size SUV built by Isuzu Motors Japan from 1981 to 2002. The production of the Bighorn lasted only two generations, with the first one beginning in 1981 and lasting to 1991, and the second one beginning in 1992 and lasting to 2002.
The Bighorn was introduced as a three-door SUV and later a five-door model was introduced.
Some of the features offered by the Bighorn include heated and powered front seats, power sunroof, air conditioning, leather upholstery, wood grain trim, and ABS.
The Bighorn utilized several engines in its lifetime. Here we take a look at the common ones.
- The 3.2-liter (6VD1-W) inline-6 DOHC petrol engine is the standard engine; it produces 195 hp and 195 lb-ft.
- The turbo intercooler 3.1-liter (4JG2) inline-four diesel engine produces 114 hp and 192 lb-ft.
The diesel-powered Bighorn came with a five-speed manual transmission with manual front hubs linked to a part-time four-wheel-drive system with open front and limited-slip rear differentials.
The petrol-powered version came with an optional four-speed automatic transmission with automatic front locking hubs.
Isuzu D-Max (Pick-Up)
Isuzu D-Max is a pickup truck manufactured by Isuzu Motors since 2002. The D-Max is now on its third generation which was released in 2021. The D-Max is built to be tough with great styling, an excellent diesel engine, and versatile performance.
The D-Max is offered in three body styles: Single Cab, Extended Cab, and Double Cab, and has been divided into working and premium models.
The entry-level models are designed with basic facilities as working trucks, and most of them are single cab and rear-wheel drive only versions, while premium models are mostly double cab.
Common engines on the D-Max include:
- The 2.5-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which produces 163 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
- The 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which produces 160 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
- The 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which produces 187 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
These engines are mated to either a five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu Giga (Truck)
Isuzu Giga is a heavy-duty commercial truck built by Isuzu Motors Japan. The production of the Giga began in 1994 and is still in production. The Giga is currently in its second generation whose production began in 2015.
The GIGA has evolved over the years to maximize customers’ uptime by offering solutions to operational costs, labor shortages, safety, and environmental problems.
The key focus areas include fuel efficiency, drivers’ comfort, loading capacity, total safety, and remote assistance.
The new aerodynamic cabover frame has low air resistance that results in optimum fuel consumption and better aerodynamics. It is also user-friendly, thanks to its functional and stylish steps and grips.
The Giga comes fitted with a turbocharged 9.9-liter (6UZ1) inline-6 diesel engine, which produces 362 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Isuzu Fargo (Truck)
Isuzu Fargo is a light commercial pickup truck manufactured by Isuzu Motors from 1980 to 2001. Fargo spanned two generations, with the first one beginning in 1980 to 1995, while the second began in 1995 and ended in 2001.
The Fargo pickup was a cabover with its engine situated under the seats. Some of its interior features include an AM/FM radio with a built-in compact cassette player and a digital clock as standard. A single-zone air conditioning was an option.
The Fargo can accommodate two passengers and the driver with limited legroom.
The Fargo was originally released fitted with a 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter petrol engine, with an option for a 1.8-liter diesel later available. All these engines were later phased out to give room for a turbocharged or naturally aspirated 2.4-liter (4FG1) diesel engine. These engines were mated with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Isuzu is a big brand, Isuzu is the king when it comes to diesel engine manufacturing, and Isuzu is the master of truck manufacturing without a doubt. We have taken a brief look at some of the popular Isuzu brands sold at BE FORWARD, and we conclude that these are all great cars, so whichever you opt for, you will be opting for greatness.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya