Isuzu recently unveiled their new, biodiesel-compatible commercial van called the Reach. The vehicle is based on an upgraded model of their low-cab forward truck, the Isuzu N-Series, which is one of the best-selling cargo van lines in the United States.
The Reach will be offered in two wheelbase sizes, 134 and 151 inches, and three lengths, 10, 12, and 14 feet. The newly designed exterior of the cargo van is said to be somewhat more aerodynamic than comparable vehicles, but the real fuel efficiency may well come from the biodiesel-compatible engine.
The Reach is equipped with a 4JJ1-TC 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that can generate 150 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that, according to independent testing, can achieve 35% better milage than traditional cargo vans. The engine employs selective catalytic reduction technology, which injects diesel exhaust fluid into the hot exhaust steam to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85%.
The company claims that since 1986, 81% of the cargo van fleets are still in use today, which is an encouraging number for the new Reach. By combining fuel efficiency and a long-lasting product, Isuzu is hopefully committed to reducing the need for new production, a key component of reaching the low-impact goals of a green market.
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