Isuzu Philippines Corporation just launched a new light-duty truck that aims to relieve drivers of having to clutch while change gears.

Making its official debut in the country is the 2022 N-Series Smoother. Aimed to combine the convenience of an automatic transmission with the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission, the N-Series Smoother is the company's first light-duty truck to come with an automated manual transmission (AMT).

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“In the Philippines, trucks are maximized and utilized almost at 24/7 operations. And with the increasing demand for delivery, especially in logistics, truckers deal not just with the increase in their operating expenses, particularly fuel and maintenance, but also the need for more professional drivers which has become quite a problem. So, we thought, why not make our next truck address all these challenges and more,” said Hajime Koso, president of IPC.

Unlike typical trucks that operate via a manual transmission with a clutch pedal, the N-Series Smoother operates without the need for a clutch pedal and achieves automatic gear shifting. The result is less fatigue while driving long distances or when in traffic, along with a more comfortable driving experience.

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Aside from the smooth-shifting AMT, Isuzu also installed some creature comforts inside the N-Series Smoother. It gets an AM/FM radio with USB connectivity, a 2-speaker sound system, central locking, a cab tilt warning system, a 12V charging socket, and a USB charging port.

Powering the N-Series Smoother is a 3.0-liter 4JJ1-TCC four-cylinder turbo-diesel. It has a maximum output of 124 PS and 354 Nm of torque. It is then mated to the aforementioned six-speed AMT which gives the truck a gross vehicle weight of 4,490 kg. For extra peace of mind, Isuzu says it comes with a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Isuzu N-Series Smoother now in PH with automated manual gearbox image

Depending on customer needs, the N-Series Smoother can be fitted with various body attachments that include: passenger van, aluminum van, refrigerated van, dump truck, fire truck, dropside, aerial platform, garbage collector, crane cargo, and tanker.

The N-Series Smoother is now available in all authorized dealerships nationwide. The NLR85 starts at Php 1,600,000 for the Cab & Chassis model. For pricing of other variants, visit or call any Isuzu dealer showroom near you.