“It’s been a long time coming, but the latest Isuzu KB has finally arrived in SA. For a lot of people this is very good news, since the Isuzu has no shortage of fans in this country. But how does the KB stack up to the competition?
Whenever an all-new version of a vehicle is released, there is an expectation that the engine range will be altered significantly. In the new KB’s case, this hasn’t happened. Although there is a new 2,4-litre petrol mill that generates 112 kW of power and 233 Nm of torque, the flagship three-litre oilburner (found in the top-spec model we tested) has been carried over from the previous KB.
However, it has been improved on in a number of ways. For example, it has a new intercooler and better fuel injection. Engine friction has apparently also been reduced, and the turbocharger has been tweaked to offer better performance.
What does this mean in real terms? Power has been increased by 10 kW to 130 kW, and torque has been upped by 20 Nm to 380 Nm. On the road, this difference isn’t particularly perceptible, but it is difficult to complain about the 300 D-TEQ. The extra bit of power is welcome, and overall the engine feels as rugged and reliable as ever. It was a good engine in the previous KB and it remains a good one in this model. That said, it is undoubtedly a bit unrefined when compared to the engines offered by some of its competitors.”