The range provides an excellent platform for customers to specify an Isuzu for vocational applications, such as agitators, concrete pumping, front end refuse, hooklift bin collection, and water tanker applications just to name a few.
Available in three wheelbases, the FY Series comprises the FYJ 2000, FYH 2000 and FYX 2500 (10×4), and features load-sharing between the two Meritor steer axles allowing a front axle group capacity of 13,200 kg and a GVM ranging between 30,000 and 35,000 depending on the model. As well as being load-sharing, a further benefit of the front steel spring suspension is the adoption of a unique, damped mechanical load sharing mechanism between the two front axles.
This feature contributes to the trucks’ already good road manners whilst also ensuring excellent steering performance at all times. High quality driveline In the rear there is a choice of either the versatile Isuzu 6-rod steel suspension or Hendrickson HAS461 air suspension, depending on what’s required for the application. In the case of the 10×4 FYX model, the additional Hendrickson D22 ‘tag’ axle rides on a liftable HLM2 trailing arm air suspension which automatically lowers and lifts depending on the load condition of the vehicle.
The industry standard American componentry continues with Meritor rear axles and cross difflocks as standard across the range. This feature is an optional extra for most other competitors in this market. There are three transmissions on offer. Those requiring low crawler ratios can opt for the proven Eaton RTLO 11908LL 10-speed constant mesh gearbox. For distribution applications there’s the easy-to-use ZF 9S1310T0 9-speed synchromesh gearbox. And for the first time ever in an Isuzu, the Allison HD 4430 6-speed heavy duty full automatic is now available. This rugged transmission is specifically designed for tough vocational applications where many FY models will find homes.
Proven SiTEC Series III 350 powerplant Powering the range is the robust SiTEC Series III 350 engine as used in Isuzu FX models. This 9.8 litre, 6-cylinder Euro V engine produces 257 kW @ 2,000 RPM and 1,422 Nm at a low 1,200 – 1,500 RPM, placing its performance comfortably ahead of many competitors both in terms of power and torque in the 350 horsepower bracket. A further benefit of the engine is its use of DOC diesel oxy catalyst exhaust treatment – this provides a bodybuilder-friendly set-up compared to competitors using SCR technology, not to mention some tare weight advantages.
The FY Series’ clean back of cab and compact exterior dimensions also allow for easy installation of complex bodies. Driver comfort, convenience and safety Drivers are well catered for in the new models; the F Series cab is already widely regarded as one of the best in terms of ease of access, low noise, excellent visibility and comfort, and this is added to in the FY. Safety features include anti-lock braking system (ABS), ECE-R29-compliant cab, ECE-R93-compliant Front Underrun Protection Device (FUPD), driver SRS airbag and Isri 6860 air suspension driver’s seat with seatbelt pretensioner. In the event that a driver may require a break while on the road, the range includes an ADR 42-04 compliant sleeper with mattress.
The FY range also benefits from the inclusion of a new DAB+ radio/CD/DVD Digital Audio Visual Entertainment unit with 6.2″ LCD touch screen. The unit features DAB+ digital radio, fully integrated Bluetooth capability with voice recognition and has 4GB internal storage for music files. USB / SD card and auxiliary input connection provisions are also present. Available at extra cost is Isuzu satellite navigation (includes three years of free updates), up to four reversing cameras – one with audio, reversing sensors, wireless tyre pressure monitoring system and cables for full iPod / iPhone / iPad integration and connection to other external audio visual devices. Comments from IAL Product Planning and Engineering Support Manager, Colin White. “IAL could have introduced an 8×4 range several years ago – Isuzu has produced this configuration for some time and these trucks have been successful in other markets,” Mr White said.
“For maximum impact in the Australian market however, we wanted a specification that included load-sharing front axles, and this component was developed specifically for Australia. “IAL worked closely with Isuzu Motors (Japan) engineers for a number of years and the end result is a range that we are very excited about. “Extensive testing of these models at Isuzu Motors’ WACOM proving ground has seen them perform faultlessly and this was also the case during our own Australian testing and development.”