Isuzu ride ‘still the best’

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

ISUZU to­day of­fi­cially launches three new mod­els in the 2015 KB range, as well as an up­graded 250 DTEQ en­gine.

Wheels can re­veal the new mod­els see the Fleet­side range geet­ing ex­tended and dou­ble cab mod­els, while the first 4x4 au­to­matic dou­ble cab in the 6th gen­er­a­tion Isuzu KB range. The KB 300 LX Dou­ble Cabs Isuzu’s gets the latest in­fo­tain­ment and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and the whole range had their ac­tive and pas­sive safety sys­tems en­hanced.

The three new mod­els take to 18 the count of Isuzu bakkies on of­fer, start­ing at R219 400 for the KB 250 Leed 4x2 sin­gle cab; R317 000 for the new KB 250 D-Teq 4x2 crew cab and R325 700 for the KB250 D-Teq 4x2 dou­ble cab.

Top of the rance is the KB300 D-Teq LX 4x4 au­to­matic, which makes 130 kW and 380 Nm, sells for R529 700. On the other side of the scale, the pop­u­lar en­try level Fleet­side work­horses now also boast a ra­dio/CD with Blue­tooth link­ing, and big 245/70/16 tyres. The new the 2.5-litre DTEQ makes 100 kW and 320 Nm. A five year or 120 000 km war­ranty and road­side as­sis­tance and a five-year or 90 000 km ser­vice plan form part of the pric­ing.

Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km or 12 months for all de­riv­a­tives.

All mod­els ex­cept the low pres­sure turbo 2.5 LEED mod­els come with ABS, EBD and EBA.

Isuzu brand man­ager Mlungisi Nonkonyana told Wheels the new range was tested in South Africa over a pe­riod of 18 months, cov­er­ing some 700 000 kilo­me­tres and the KB’s ride qual­ity in par­tic­u­lar still set a bench­mark for bakkies.

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Isuzu’s flag­ship 4x4 bakkie now comes with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, per­haps in a nod to the many KZN sugar farm­ers who want this con­ve­nience with the bakkie’s leg­endary softer ride.

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