Hardcore bakkie selling fast

2017-04-19 06:01
The Isuzu X-Rider.PHOTO: sourced

The Isuzu X-Rider.PHOTO: sourced

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THE X-Rider was originally introduced a year ago as a limited run of just over 700 units and touched a chord with South African bakkie fans selling out faster than you can say “hardcore”.

The Isuzu KB X-Rider returns as a permanent fixture in the line-up, offering enhanced value and stand out styling for customers.

South African consumers can now choose from 19 KB derivatives in three body types, the newest addition to the range officially badged as the KB 250 X-Rider 4x2 Double Cab.

The starting point is - as before - the high-output 2.5-litre power plant, which has done sterling service in the KB range since its September 2015 introduction as part of wider facelift. With 100 kW and 320Nm Nm, this common rail direct injection turbodiesel gives performance in keeping with the X-Rider’s sporty and recreational positioning.

At R388 400, the newcomer represents a unique blend of versatility and comfort – plus a soupcon of stand-out-from-the-crowd attitude.

The most obvious visual cues are stylish diamond-cut 18-inch alloys with their red “Isuzu” centre caps, the black bumper guard with integrated fog lamps, tubular side steps/sports bar combo in black with X-Rider decals, and the blacked out B-pillars. The wheels are shod with low-profile 255/50 Grabber AT all-terrain rubber. This domestic package is unique to the X-Rider.

“But the X-Rider isn’t just about purposeful and head-turning looks and it’ll deliver when called on to do so,” said Mlungisi Nkonyana, Isuzu Brand Manager.

There’s a heavy-duty tow bar as standard, giving the X-Rider a 2.1-ton braked trailer towing capacity. And with peak torque kicking in at just 1 800rpm (and remaining constant all the way to 2 800rpm).

The interior, though, is most definitely not of the workhorse variety. Rather, it is where functionality and elegance come together in the interests of creating a comfortable and user-friendly environment.

The X-Rider insignia is embroidered on the front headrests, with a red “X” in the same font also appearing on the door trims. Remote keyless entry, satellite controls on the steering wheel, air conditioning and projector headlights with daytime running lights all contribute to car-like levels of comfort, convenience and safety.

Then there’s a choice of colours - Summit White, Switchblade Silver or Pull Me Over Red. But irrespective of the colour choice, buyers of the X-Rider will be getting a bakkie that stands out from the crowd.

All Isuzu KB models are sold with a fully-comprehensive five-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance programme, a five-year/unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000km or 12 months for all derivatives.

Features include:

• Full leather upholstery

• Leather steering wheel

• Leather gear-lever boot

• Piano Black door trim

• Piano Black trim on air vents, radio and front console

Adding a tasteful and stylish element is the liberal use of red stitching on the seats, steering wheel and gear-lever boot.

Pricing and model line-up

Isuzu KB 250 Base Single Cab (Leed) R236 500

Isuzu KB 250 Fleetside Single Cab (Leed) R258 800

Isuzu KB 250 Fleetside (Safety) R285 600

Isuzu KB 250 Single Cab LE R334 500

Isuzu KB 250 4X4 Single Cab LE R392 700

Isuzu KB 250 Extended Cab Hi-Rider R337 400

Isuzu KB 250 Double Cab Hi-Rider R358 400

Isuzu KB 250 Crew Cab X-Rider R382 500

Isuzu KB 250 Double Cab LE R439 600

Isuzu KB 250 4X4 Double Cab LE R462 000

Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX R384 200

Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Single Cab LX R445 100

Isuzu KB 300 Extended Cab LX R 418 200

Isuzu KB 300 Extended Cab LX (Auto) R432 200

Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Extended Cab LX R479 200

Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX (Cloth) R486 900

Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX (Auto)(Cloth) R501 200

Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX (Cloth) R536 400

Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX (Auto) (Cloth) R550 100

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