With all the noise from competing brands in the 18V space, we’re guessing Hitachi didn’t want to be left out. They recently announced their 18V Lithium Ion Compact Pro series (compact pro = slim-pack battery) which includes an Impact Driver and a three-piece combo kit.
The new 1.5Ah Li-Ion Impact Driver features a 1/4” hex quick-release chuck, and it grinds a respectable 1,280 in/lbs of torque. The impact driver by itself runs around $200 — it also comes in a three-piece combo kit along with the DS18DSAL drill and a flashlight for somewhere in the neighborhood of $260.
You can get the kit and driver now at Amazon and a few other online outlets.