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Greener 3.5-tonner is fuel efficient

isuzu grafter green

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has launched a range of Grafter 3.5-tonne rigids under the name Grafter Green.

Cab colours are white or flint grey, and the 4 x 2 chassis cab rigids are available in both single and twin rear wheel configurations, offering improved performance, weight savings and a better ride quality.

The Grafter Green uses a new Isuzu RZ4E 1,898cc four-cylinder Euro-6 diesel engine with Lean NOx Trap technology. Importantly, no AdBlue is required.

Improved power and torque is 90kW at 3,200rpm and 320Nm at 1,600-2,000rpm, respectively. This advanced technology enables a reduction in CO2 emissions, while the engine is also more fuel-efficient by the nature of its design and reduced displacement.

The Grafter Green features the a six-speed MCV6W manual gearbox with easy gear selection. Drivability is improved because the gear shift is lighter and more precise for all ratios. The clutch pedal application feel is lightened, making the vehicle more car-like to drive.

Noise reduction is a key feature of the range, with both stationary and driving sound levels being significantly lower than its predecessor.

Weighing in at just 1,710kg, the single rear wheel SWB chassis cab is 152kg lighter than its predecessor, while the twin rear wheel LWB Grafter Green is 150kg lighter.

Grafter Green chassis cabs are already out on the road, and first impressions from customers all highlight the positive changes.

Steve Collard from Associated Building Contractors said: “This is our fourth Isuzu 3.5-tonne truck. As a working vehicle, it’s absolutely fantastic and we love the new cab layout that gives first-class all-round visibility. Everything within the cab is easily reachable.

“For comfort and driveability, it is first class and I would liken it to driving a modern car, it’s that good.”

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