I recently reviewed the all-new Isuzu KB Double Cab that was first introduced to the local market last year and it is a true South African icon.
Typically, a bakkie is a bakkie and there is nothing exciting about it. But the Isuzu KB is different.
The all-new Isuzu KB’s interior looks and feels like a luxury passenger vehicle. The car comes with a bold new styling and is bigger than before. The size contributes significantly to the increased space, muscular expression, comfort and ride quality.
No one can dispute the fact that Isuzu speciality has always been bakkies – since 1934 when the first mass produced product range was launched.
Seventy years later, 23 million engines were produced, making Isuzu indisputable leader that offers exceptional performance, durability and efficiency.
The all-new Isuzu KB Double Cab features a superbly laid out dashboard with logically and intuitively positioned controls. These controls are easy to reach and operate.
The Electro-luminescent dials with easy to read fonts and multi-information display provides you with a clear view of all the information you need (such as current fuel economy, estimated cruise range and more).
The interior looks classy and features Bluetooth technology, CD/radio/MP3 player with USB and auxiliary port.
The Isuzu KB features a newly designed front grille and bumper, bold front-on view aerodynamic shape, new Isuzu logo as well as 17” alloy wheels.
The design lines flow endlessly from the side shape to the rear door, offering a visually melodious look.
Its aggressive form comprises a wedge shaped design with a muscular appearance.
On and off-road
The 3.0 litre D-TEQ Double Cab is truly fuel efficient with great off-road capabilities. After receiving a car I drove all the way to Rustenburg, came back and was still able to travel to and back from work for a week without filling up the tank.
Stability and strength, combined with increased power and torque output at low revs make the car capable of towing a class-leading 3.5 tonnes with the optional Isuzu heavy duty towbar installed.
The lowered cabin noise and vibration make the ride quality comparable to that of a luxury passenger car.
- Power: 130kW at 3600rpm
- Torque: 380Nm at 1800 – 2800
- 0-100 km/h: N/A
- Top speed: N/A
- Fuel consumption: 7.9/100km
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity: 80L
- Price: R383 900 – R493500
What we like about the car:
- High driving position
- Great off-road experience
- Aggressive looks
- Luxury finishes
- It feels safe
- It is solidly built
- Advanced audio system and sound quality
What we don’t like about the car:
- Cloth cover seats
- USB port – it only caters for BlackBerry. Sorry for you if you have Samsung or iPhone
What more can I say? Isuzu is a specialist – and has always been – when it comes to bakkies. Rich history and experience speak for themselves. The Isuzu KB Double Cab brings all elements of a modern bakkie, sport and luxury passenger vehicle together.
Five-wheel rating: 4.7/5.