Isuzu KB Range enhanced and expanded for 2015 Models

2015-12-10 06:00
The KB300 LX Double Cab. Photo: supplied

The KB300 LX Double Cab. Photo: supplied

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ISUZU has revealed its enhanced and expanded 2015 KB range which includes three new models and an upgraded 250 DTEQ engine.

Now, with an expanded and re-aligned 18 model range (up from 15 derivatives), the Isuzu KB builds on its key characteristics with upgrades to the brand’s renowned diesel engine offerings and revving up the level of technology and features in flagship models. With three body types – single, extended, and double cab – there’s a KB for every purpose.

Leading the pack is the flagship 4x4 automatic double cab (a combination not previously offered in the 6th generation Isuzu KB) the other additions to the range coming in the form of two new Fleetside models – one an Extended Cab and the other a Double Cab.

It’s a popular boast in the bakkie market to describe a vehicle as ‘car-like’ and indeed, light commercials and particularly double-cabs have become more like conventional passenger vehicles in certain ways.

“At Isuzu we believe that the attributes inherent to our KB range gives that claim a much more authentic ring. Isuzu KB’s ride quality in particular has stood well above the standards typically associated with bakkies,” says Isuzu Brand Manager at General Motors South Africa (GMSA), Mlungisi Nonkonyana.

The locally built Isuzu KB has built a reputation for itself as a tough, reliable and comfortable pick-up. Isuzu vehicles are engineered and fine-tuned for local conditions through a vigorous durability testing and validation programme which is carried out for each model year. As a result each model year the Isuzu moves the bar higher as engineers incorporate customer feedback and features to keep the Isuzu KB a step ahead of the competition.

According to Nonkonyana, keeping an ear to the ground is an essential part of success, especially in the light commercial vehicle market. He says sector continues to evolve and expectations are extremely high – especially in the double cab market – as consumers see these 4x4 pick-ups as a valid substitute for luxury sedans, and to an extent, traditional SUVs. “They expect the same refinement and comfort to which they’ve become accustomed,” explained Nonkonyana.

On the other hand, commercial users demand uncompromised dependability and low running costs and instant aftermarket support.

“It is a tough assignment to satisfy these diverse needs, but thanks to our close ties to Isuzu and our local the engineering expertise and experience of our technical centre in Port Elizabeth, we are able to react in a swift and meaningful way to changes called for from the marketplace,” says Nonkonyana.

“We made minor revisions a year ago, but this time round the changes are more substantial. We’ve filled a number of gaps in the range and also now offer an upgraded engine. Isuzu’s long-standing reputation as a manufacturer of diesel power plants of all shapes and sizes gives us a major advantage, and we’ve tapped into their expertise to configure an engine which is a major step forward in key areas.”

Once again, a rigorous testing and validation process was undertaken, a fleet of KBs being driven on some of South Africa’s toughest roads. Over a period of 18 months, some 700 000 kilometres were covered by the test vehicles, taking in extreme temperatures and altitude levels.

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