Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has finally pulled the wraps off of its latest workhorse: The Traviz. This lightweight truck will rival the likes of the recently revived Mitsubishi L300 and the newly launched Suzuki Carry.
If you’re in the market for a capable hauler, then read on. Here’s everything you need to know about the all-new 2020 Isuzu Traviz.
Just like its rivals, the Traviz will be offered in different shapes and forms. Its cab-and-chassis model will come with two wheelbase options: the S being the shorter one and the L variant being the longer. Other available body configurations include utility, aluminum, and refrigerated vans, as well as a dropside truck option.
The Traviz S stretches out to 4,450mm x 1,695mm x 1,995mm with a 2,250mm wheelbase, while the Traviz L measures 150mm longer in both overall length and wheelbase. Its exterior design is pretty basic and is just what you’d expect from an Isuzu truck—a pair of huge headlamps coupled with a gray plastic grille, and the door handles and side mirrors have been blacked out. To complete the simple design, 14-inch wheels have been fitted here.
Just like with the exterior, there’s really not a lot to talk about when it comes to the cabin. A plain gray theme is seen on the inside, with some black plastics to provide a slight contrast. The seats are covered in fabric, and the legroom feels big enough for three people with the gear shifter mounted high above the floor. It is doubtful that comfort at full seating capacity would be decent enough for long drives, though.
Powering the Traviz is a 2.5-liter 4JAI common rail, direct-injection Blue Power diesel engine that generates 78hp at 3,900rpm and 176Nm of torque at 1,800rpm. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. If it sounds familiar, then that’s because this is the same motor found in the famous Isuzu Crosswind but is now Euro 4-compliant.
Underneath, a double-wishbone with coil spring and a semi-elliptical leaf spring comprise the front and rear suspension setups. Stopping power is handled by ventilated discs up front and drum brakes at the rear.
There aren’t a lot of high-tech goodies that come with the Traviz—this is a workhorse, after all. But it does have air-conditioning, as well as a built-in radio system with auxiliary and USB ports and an SD card slot. It also has another nifty bonus that’s worth noting: The tiller may lack adjustability, but the driver’s seat can be moved accordingly to fit anyone behind the wheel. There aren’t any safety or driver-assist features present, but the vehicle comes equipped with a reverse warning buzzer. Oh, and there are cup holders on both sides of the front cabin, too.
As of writing, Isuzu has yet to reveal the prices of the Traviz apart from the cab-and-chassis model—we’ll update this list as we have it. For now, you can check out the detailed list below:
*Prices updated as of November 15, 2019
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