X-RIDER FOR AFRICA
KB 4X4 CREW CAB EXPORTED
Growing demand for light commercial vehicles has spurred Isuzu to expand its offering in Sub-saharan Africa to include the KB 4×4 crew cab X-rider model. Introduced initially as a 700-unit limited edition, the X-rider proved so popular with South African
fans that it earned itself a permanent place in the comprehensive Isuzu line-up.
Now, all Isuzu dealers in 14 left-hand drive motoring countries across the continent can offer this good-looking go-getter too, initially in the 4×4 double cab derivative only. Production for these left-hand drive markets began in September, with initial shipments commencing towards the end of the year.
Dominic Rimmer, General Manager, Planning and Program Management, Sub-saharan Africa, said the X-rider will also be exported to righthand drive countries in and around South East Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, and Seychelles.
“The X-rider is a unique model, home-grown by the local team to meet local customer demands. The African terrain, our outdoors lifestyle, and entrepreneurial spirit require a vehicle that will partner motorists reliably, cost effectively and with a certain level of driving enjoyment too. In our African markets, with a growing middle class, an increasing number of customers are moving into the leisure pick-up segment, for which the X-rider offers the ideal combination of great styling and specifications,” says Rimmer.
The X-rider is powered by the 100 kw 320 Nm high-output version of Isuzu’s proven 2.5-litre common rail direct injection turbodiesel engine.