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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.

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