Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd has launched the latest generation GIGA truck range, making available 5 models of this heavy duty truck for a variety uses. Though Isuzu has been the best-selling truck brand in Malaysia for 8 consecutive years, its share of the heavy duty / prime mover segment still has room for growth as over 90% of its total truck sales consists of the popular light-duty ELF range.
With the new generation GIGA trucks, the company is confident that it will contribute significantly to the company’s sales and brand popularity. The latest range of GIGA trucks includes the ‘C’ series i.e. CYZ420 rigid truck, and the ‘E’ series i.e. EXR420 4×2 and EXZ460 6×4 prime movers.
The ‘C’ series rigid is fitted with a 6-cylinder 15,681 cc commonrail direct injection turbo diesel engine that is compliant with Euro 3 standards, and compatible with B20 biodiesel. Mated with a 7-speed manual transmission, it has 420 PS @ 1,800 rpm and 1,863 Nm of torque @ 770 – 1,300 rpm. It has a curb weight of 8,780 kg and a Gross Vehicle Weight of 25,000 kg.
On the other hand, the ‘E’ series prime movers (EXR420 and EXZ460) run the 15,681 cc 6WG1 engine similar to the ‘C’ series but the EXZ460 6×4 model has a higher output of 460 PS @ 1,800 rpm and 2,256 Nm @ 900 – 1,300 rpm. The ‘E’ series also has a 16-speed AMT (automated manual transmission) option besides the 7-speed manual (EXR420) and 16-speed manual (EXZ460). The Gross Combined Vehicle Weight are 45,000 kg (EXR420) and 60,000 kg (EXZ460).
These new GIGA trucks are the first full model change since Isuzu launched the first generation in 1994 in Japan. The new design is based on the concept of ‘Meri Hari’ (“メリハリ“) which means to achieve balance and harmony. Through this concept, the new GIGA trucks offer a balance of toughness and power with comfort and economy. The cab has been designed with improved aerodynamics for efficiency, and the cabin is designed for better functionality and comfort. Furthermore, the double layer chassis frame of the CYZ420 ensures durability.
The cab’s exterior shape has been optimised to a cubic form to achieve the best-in-class aerodynamics which significantly reduces drag (improved by up to 3.1%) for better cooling performance, and fuel efficiency. The cab features a full-floating suspension set-up for a smoother ride and a powered tilt mechanism for easy access. The trucks also feature rear body mounts that are simplified yet offer trailer versatility.
Meanwhile, the interior of the new GIGA features European-standard ergonomics that provides driver-friendly features, thus improving operation and comfort. One of the key features for the prime mover is the high-performance air suspension seat (‘E’ series) with an integrated seat belt produced by the renowned German seating system specialist, Isringhausen (ISRI). The seat provides excellent comfort and is equipped with various features including seat warming and cooling, as well as various adjustments such as tilt, reclining angle, shoulder adjustment, lumbar support and more, to better fit different body shapes and preferences. There are also USB ports and a multitude of storage space that are convenient for long trips.
Moreover, on the dashboard is a 4″ LCD multi-info display which shows a variety of crucial information to the driver, including driver assistance, transmission, utility, and always-on display areas. The multi-info display as well as the cruise control can be operated via the steering wheel switches for convenience. This is a new feature in Isuzu trucks, and can significantly improve driving safety.
In terms of safety equipment, the trucks are equipped with the Isuzu Safety Plus platform which offer key safety features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), SRS airbag for the driver and brake override accelerator (BOA), and immobilizer.
“We are very enthusiastic about launching the new next generation Isuzu GIGA heavy-duty and prime mover trucks in Malaysia – a range that presents several ‘firsts’ in design concept for improved efficiency, safety and comfort. Malaysia is only the third country globally after Japan and China, and the first in Southeast Asia to be introduced with our new GIGA trucks, and this is a testament of Isuzu’s commitment and appreciation to our customers in Malaysia,” said Atsunori Murata, Chief Operating Officer, Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd. “The Isuzu brand has achieved notable successes in Malaysia, being recognised as the top truck brand for many consecutive years, thanks to the great support from all our customers,” he added. According to Murata-san, the company aims to establish a firmer footprint in the heavy-duty and prime mover segment.
Isuzu currently has a nationwide network of 11 dealers to provide aftersales services, complemented by 33 Isuzu Doctor Mobiles that provide 24-hour breakdown support. The company has plans to expand its network in due course.
“In addition to power and performance which are crucial to the industries the trucks are made for, the new Isuzu GIGA trucks also offer greater efficiency and serviceability to ensure maximum uptime and productivity for our customers,” added Murata. “Isuzu’s motivation for introducing the new Isuzu GIGA trucks is driven by our commitment to offer wider and improved truck options for our customers who are increasingly demanding more efficiency in a highly competitive landscape. In Malaysia, we have a large network and with the right products and pricing, we trust Isuzu has a steady future in becoming a specialist in all commercial vehicle segments,” he concluded.