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Isuzu Mo­tors South Africa has now also suc­cumbed to the at­trac­tion of a black edi­tion, al­ready seen in the Toy­ota Hilux and Ford Ranger ranges, by adding a dash of ex­clu­siv­ity and ap­peal to its X-rider model.

The X-rider Black – a lim­ited edi­tion all­black model is now avail­able as part of the pop­u­lar KB dou­ble cab line-up. The X-rider has cre­ated a niche of its own with its dis­tinc­tive styling el­e­ments and up­mar­ket fea­tures, set­ting it apart from the rest of the range.

Ini­tially in­tro­duced in 2016 as a 700-unit lim­ited edi­tion, de­mand for the X-rider led to it be­ing added as a per­ma­nent fix­ture of the KB range. The X-rider Black is painted ex­clu­sively in Black Meet Ket­tle, giv­ing the spe­cial model an ag­gres­sive and dis­tinc­tive ap­pear­ance. An ex­ten­sive list of unique fea­tures in­cludes a black front

bumper guard, pro­jec­tor head­lamps with in­te­grated LED day­time run­ning lights, front fog lamps, 18-inch al­loy wheels, red Isuzu badges, blacked-out B-pil­lars, black side steps, and a black sports bar in the load bay fea­tur­ing the X-rider logo. The cabin is im­bued with black leather seats picked out with red bol­ster stitch­ing and the “X-rider” logo em­broi­dered on the head­rests. Red stitch­ing is also used for the leather­trimmed steer­ing wheel with a red Isuzu badge, and on the gear lever boot.

In­ter­est­ingly, the X-rider Black is only avail­able in KB250 dou­ble cab form with 4×2 and a man­ual trans­mis­sion. Its price of R426,300 in­cludes a five-year/120 000 km war­ranty, road­side as­sis­tance and a fiveyear/90 000 km ser­vice plan.

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