We first laid our eyes on Isuzu’s VT02 concept van at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show. For a while now, the vehicle has been available on the Indonesian market as the Traga. Luckily for us, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has finally decided to bring it in, with a new moniker: Traviz.
“The all-new Isuzu Traviz continues our tradition of providing not just reliable products but business solutions—reasons why, in the Philippines, Isuzu has been at the number-one spot for more than 19 years,” says IPC president Hajime Koso. “The new Isuzu Travis will be the perfect companion for any kind of business.”
The Traviz will rival the likes of the recently launched Suzuki Carry and, of course, the legendary Mitsubishi L300 that saw a revival just a few months back. It looks the part, with body configurations that include utility, aluminum, and refrigerated vans as well as a dropside truck, all of which are more than capable of hauling both people and cargo with a 1.6-ton payload capacity. A bare cab-and-chassis variant is available as well.
This vehicle has a trusted powertrain, too, in the form of the 2.5-liter 4JA1 common-rail, direct-injection Blue Power diesel engine that generates 78hp at 3,900rpm and 176Nm of torque at 1,800rpm. The motor, which also powers the iconic Isuzu Crosswind, is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The new Traviz will also complete IPC’s lineup of Class 1 public utility vehicles (PUVs) that will be deployed as part of the Philippine government’s PUV Modernization Program.
IPC has announced the introductory prices for the cab-and-chassis variants only. Check them out:
You can expect the prices of the other variants to be based on these figures. The entire model range comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty, whichever comes first.
What do you think of the new Isuzu Traviz? Will it be a viable workhorse option? We’ll have more photos up in this space soon, so keep an eye out for that.