Isuzu FRR 90: The Isuzu FRR has been one of the most iconic medium duty trucks to traverse the roads of Kenya and its reliability has ensured that the loads they ferry get to the very last mile.
The FRR has continued to evolve and most recently, the baton was passed from the legendary FRR33 to the new and more energetic kid on the block, the 7th generation; FRR 90.
What are the upgrades on the Isuzu FRR 90?
The older generation FRR 33 came with a 8 litre (8226cc) 6 cylinder direct injection, naturally aspirated (Non-Turbo) engine, The 6HH1-N. This engine produces 185 horse power and 461Nm of torque at 1700 rpm. Fuel to the engine is supplied by a mechanical pump.
Isuzu like many other manufacturers has downsized the engine for better fuel economy and overall efficiency. The new .FRR90 has been ushered onto the Kenyan roads with a smaller yet more powerful engine; the 4HK1-TCC. It is a 5.2 litre, ( 5193 cc) 4 cylinder, direct injection turbo charged engine producing 190 Horsepower and 510 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm.
The fuel to this engine is supplied via a common rail and high pressure nozzles.
There is no much difference when it comes to the braking system since Isuzu has retained the air over hydraulic dual circuit braking system for primary braking and an exhaust brake for auxiliary braking.
I have however spoken to a good number of drivers who are currently driving the FRR90 and have previously driven the FRR33 and there is one common observation; The FRR 90’s brake linings are wearing out much faster compared to those of the FRR 33. In addition to that they claim that the exhaust brake is not as responsive as that of the FRR 33.
The reason why this is happening is mainly because the FRR 90 is faster and more powerful hence there is need for more primary braking, (Using the foot brake) other than just the exhaust brake.
In my opinion the FRR 90 is an exciting entrant into the market, packing up more power and better fuel economy. The financing packages for this truck are at an all time best. Its now very easy to acquire an Isuzu FRR truck.
Co-operative Bank is offering financing for these trucks. Today, you can apply and the get this vehicle at a financing arrangement of up to 95 per cent. What’s better? You will get a two month repayment holiday for your Isuzu FRR loan. In the same vein, you will be able to repay this loan through one of the longest re-payment periods in the market of up to 5 years. At the same time, you will also be eligible to get a business loan of up to Sh. 500,000 to ensure that your new business gets a good head start.
“This special scheme make the process of buying Isuzu trucks affordable, with the banking financing up to 95 per cent of the purchase price for Isuzu NKR and Isuzu FRR models,” says Co-op Bank in a statement.
It is recommendable, though, that Isuzu Kenya needs to conduct some driver training on the 7th generation of Isuzu trucks, mostly about basic maintenance, driving techniques and care.
Isuzu is known globally for very reliable diesel engines for the commercial vehicles and this legacy has continued even on the new 7th generation Isuzu FRR90.
The new Isuzu FRR 90 will continue to be the perfect 10 tonne truck for many business people in the country and will still stay ahead of competition.
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