While Isuzu cars may be a rare sight on South African roads, Isuzu trucks have become a benchmark in the SA bakkie market in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and further afield. The evergreen Isuzu KB remains one of the most popular utility vehicles in its class, combining unparalleled innovation, durability and unmatched functionality with bold styling and superior comfort and safety features. This is why serious bakkie owners and operators look no further than Isuzu South Africa when they’re in the market for a workhorse with exceptional handling capability.
OUR ISUZU KB BAKKIE
The KB range is by far the most popular collection in the Isuzu SA stable, and with good reason – it takes a tough, reliable Isuzu truck to keep up with our hard-working South African drivers. Of course, it also happens to be the most ruggedly handsome utility vehicles out there.
- An all-new 2,4 litre petrol 16V DOHC engine that produces 112 kW with 233 Nm of torque and a fuel consumption for the combined cycle of 10,4 l/100km with CO2 emissions of 245 gm/km (4X2 models).
- The 2,5 litre low pressure turbo diesel engine provides 58 kW of power with 170 Nm of torque. This is an ideal choice for workhorse type operations and is carried over from the previous model.
- A 2.5 litre D-TEQ engine with 85 kW of power with maximum torque of 280 Nm available from a low 1800 r/min. Fuel consumption for the combined cycle is 7,7 l/100 km with C02 emissions of 203 gm/km.
- An advanced 3,0 litre D-TEQ engine that now has maximum power of 130 kW – up by 10 kW – with 380 Nm of torque. This is an ideal towing solution.
Fuel consumption measured over the combined cycle is 7,8 l/100km for 4X2 models and 7,9 l/100km for the 4×4 variants – measured by GMSA engineers. C02 emissions are 204 gm/km with low sulphur diesel specified.
The 6th Generation Isuzu KB has been designed with towing in mind. All models have the facility to have a towbar with a 2,1 ton capacity, installed as an dealer fitted accessory. The towbar has been designed to integrate into the rear step bumper minimizing the impact on the departure angle particularly for off road motoring. All Isuzu KB 300 LX models can be fitted with a heavy duty towbar allowing a class leading towing capacity of 3,5 tons (please note that at this capacity, the trailer requires service brakes).
The Isuzu KB is renowned for it’s on-road comfort, stability and handling as well as it’s off-road capability due to the excellent suspension articulation. It has a new wider and longer chassis design, an increased wheelbase and track, a lower center of gravity and an improved seating position placing the driver in a more commanding position. All the High Ride and 4X4 models have an approach angle of 30 degrees and a departure angle of 22,7 degrees with a rear step bumper. The break-over angle for these models is 22,4 degrees.
The Isuzu KB has established a legendary reputation for off-road performance. On the latest generation Isuzu KB the driver is able to select from a number of four wheel driving modes using the Terrain Command Dial. The 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive high ratio change can be done on the fly and at speeds of up to 100km/h. The vehicle, as with all 4X4 vehicles, must be stopped to change to the extreme condition 4L (low-range) mode. This selection is also initiated via the Terrain Command Dial.
All LE and LX models, as well as the 4X4 Fleetside models, have a driver activated differential lock as standard equipment, this is operated by an easily accessed push-button switch. The Electronic Differential lock system allows engagement at vehicle speeds below 60km/h, and automatically disengages when the vehicle speed exceeds 80km/h.
When it comes to payload capacity the Isuzu KB is again at the top of the class with the LX 300 4X2 Double Cab capable of carrying a payload of 1133 kg. This is reflected across the entire range, from entry level petrol models to mid to high range diesel double and single cab models all with excellent load capacity. The lowest payload specified in the range is for the KB 250 D-TEQ Double Cab 4X2 which is rated at 962 kg.
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