Get­ting jacked UP

The Isuzu KB250 X-Rider 4×4 dou­ble cab has been work­ing hard over the past month. Not only did it have to lug around plenty of the GAS gear, it had to get to re­mote lo­ca­tions in dou­ble-quick time. It did this all in its stride while sip­ping re­mark­ably lit

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The more we spend time with this Isuzu KB, the more we like it. Sure, it doesn’t have buck­et­loads of power. In fact, when you’ve been driv­ing the Isuzu MU-X 300D-Teq for a bit and you jump into the X-Rider and take off, you may – for a brief mo­ment – en­ter­tain the thought that some­one had stolen the en­gine.

But then you work around the turbo lag at the very bot­tom of the rev range, and you work the five-speed man­ual gear­box and soon you are back in the driv­ing groove with the 250D-Teq en­gine.

Then there’s the fuel con­sump­tion. We soon re­alised the KB did not have a colos­sal drink­ing prob­lem but it was only when we did a fuel con­sump­tion test – and did not rely on the op­ti­mistic trip com­puter – that we re­alised how good it re­ally is.

In a com­bi­na­tion of city and open road driv­ing, from put­ter­ing around at low speed on gravel roads to some lead­footed ped­alling on other sec­tions, the Isuzu con­sumed an av­er­age of just 8.9 litres/100km. That means, with an 80-litre fuel tank, it can reach nearly 900km be­tween re­fills without even re­ally try­ing.

That said, we’ve heard of some rather less flat­ter­ing con­sump­tion num­bers from the same model when own­ers have added plenty of af­ter­mar­ket ac­ces­sories. The ex­tra weight and drag en­sure that the four­cylin­der tur­bod­iesel has to work a lot harder, and then it likes to take to the drink a lot more.

So it’s a case of bal­ance, re­ally. This is ex­actly what we are aim­ing for with the fit­ment of a hand­ful of af­ter­mar­ket ac­ces­sories for our back-up bakkie.

It gets a Tough Dog sus­pen­sion up­grade, which in­cludes new rear leaf springs. It also gets a set of A-Line Tank 17-inch rims and BF Goodrich All-ter­rains, to re­place the stan­dard 17-inch mag wheels and Gen­eral Grab­ber all-ter­rain tyres, just to add an ex­clu­sive touch to ‘our’ X-Rider.

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