Is there any series of bakkies more iconic than the Isuzu KB range? If you grew up in South Africa from the 1970s onward, these stoic stalwarts are likely to have shaped your idea of what a rugged pickup should be. Yes, that’s right – Isuzu has been in South Africa for over 40 years (that’s 6 generations!), so it’s no wonder that the SA motoring public has come to revere its strength, endurance and dependability.
With 2019 around the corner, it has now been announced that the KB range is in for a brand-new adventure. It all starts with a name change. From here on out, any new bakkie in this range will be produced under the Isuzu D-Max brand. Why so? Well, the KB has been known as such around the globe for many years, and it’s about we caught up with the rest of the Isuzu territories. The name change also coincides with some upgraded feature and design adaptations, so there is plenty to look forward to.
Why Isuzu D-Max?
The first Isuzu bakkies to bear the D-Max name were released in Thailand in 2000, with very distinctive headlights that were shaped like ‘Dragon Eyes’. One thing lead to another, which is when the Isuzu marketing team realised that the letter ‘D’ is quite important for the brand as a whole – it stands for durability, direct injection and diesel. These are all aspects that set Isuzu apart from its contemporaries. As for the ‘max’ part of the name, that alludes to the brand’s aim to always maximise on performance, tech, safety and comfort.
What’s that you mentioned about upgrades?
The upgraded 3.0L LX flagship will roll onto showroom floors with a new grille, lovely new interior finishes, as well as a reimagined instrument cluster and infotainment system. Buyers will also have the option of springing for a six-speed manual gearbox on this model. Furthermore, the range will be built out to 30 models, with plenty of additions to the work-horse end of the spectrum.
If you need any more information with regard to the Isuzu D-MAX range, get in touch with a Williams Hunt branch near you. Our branches that carry Isuzu vehicles include Centurion, Humansdorp, Kroonstad, Midrand, Randburg, Port Elizabeth, Roodepoort, Pretoria and The Glen. Our knowledgeable consultants are standing by to discuss your requirements, provide expert insight and assist you in arranging test drives of that D-MAX model that ticks all your must-have boxes.