PSI’s 6.0-liter engine featured by Isuzu during Work Truck Show 2020

Isuzu’s new Class 5 N-Series truck.

PSI featured its engine products in conjunction with Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. during the Work Truck Show. PSI supplies the 6.0-liter engine built from a General Motors Vortec V-8 block that is customized by PSI to Isuzu specifications. The engine is mated to an Allison 1000 RDS transmission with power take-off (PTO) gear.

The engine – which produces 311 hp at 4,900 RPM and 353.0 ft-lb of torque at 4,150 RPM – powers the brand-new N-Series Gas trucks, unveiled by Isuzu on March 4th during the show. The Class 5 N-Series Gas trucks include two models: the NQR Gas, which has a target gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 17,650 pounds; and the NRR Gas, which has a target GVWR of 19,500 pounds. 

“We’re excited to partner with Isuzu on their new N-Series Gas model,” said John Miller, CEO of PSI. “Isuzu Commercial Truck of America is an industry leader for low cab forward trucks and this latest launch continues our collective mission in delivering durable, high-performance products for the transportation market.”

PSI’s 6.0-liter engine.

Production of the new trucks is anticipated to begin Q4 2020. The engine is designed for a 200,000-mile lifespan. Chassis options include landscaping, dump, refrigerated or box van bodies; fleet operators and owners can also choose between a standard cab with seating for three or a crew cab with seating for up to seven people. Other features include new backup and camera options including a camera that offers a 131-degree horizontal viewing angle and 103-degree vertical viewing angle.

“We are excited to grow our gas N-Series line-up with this move into the class 5 market,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “We launched the class 3 and 4 gas N-Series in 1994 and it has become an increasingly important part of our sales and we see that trend continuing in the future. Having two class 5 gas N-Series offerings (the NQR and NRR) will further allow us to meet customer needs and grow our footprint in the class 3-5 medium duty segment.”