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New Isuzu KB driven





12 March 2013


With the Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger winning awards left, right and at Leisure Wheels, competitors like Isuzu, Toyota and Mitsubishi are feeling the pressure to bring refreshed and innovate bakkies to the tough South African market.

In partnership with General Motors South Africa, Isuzu have come to the party with their 6th generation KB. Known for its reliability through the years – especially in the diesel, commercial sector – hopes are high for the newest incarnation of one of SA’s favourite workhorses.

With a market share in the bakkie segment second only to that of Toyota, the jump to market domination is still a big one to make from between 16 and 17% to Toyota’s 25 to 28%. And, with Ford right on their heels with the new Ranger, it’s only fitting that Isuzu release their 6th gen.

The amount of input from the South African market in the design and development of the new bakkie is significant, and the newest incarnation is influenced by both buyers and the local conditions. The major elements of the local engineering process are:

  • An increase in the sheet metal gauge in key areas in the load box
  • Rear axle with electronic locking differential system
  • Clutch and driven plate
  • Exhaust systems
  • Air induction systems
  • Engine Cooling systems
  • Suspension tuning (shocks and springs)
  • Styling/Accessory packages (Nudge bar considering Air bag deployment, Sports bar, canopies, etc.)
  • Class leading tow bar to support 3.5 ton towing capability (3.0L models)
  • Unique  rear step to accommodate the locally developed tow bars providing an integrated appearance with minimal impact on rear departure angle
  • Ultrasonic alarm and rear park assist
  • Utility box for the Extended Cab models
  • Rear sliding glass
  • Fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction initiatives

What’s new?

The most prominent changes to the KB are the much-improved styling (especially on the nose), the increased width and length (increasing the load bays) and the new 2,4 petrol model (dropping the 2,0 litre from the 5th generation). The suspension has been much improved, with a wishbone configuration on the front, with coils on both 4×2 and 4×4 models (slightly longer coils on 4×4 derivatives). The rear suspension has been left largely unchanged on the workhorse models, with leaf springs being slightly longer, but on the higher models the leaf springs have been moved from under to over the axle to improve non-load carrying comfort. The increased width and length of the bakkie is aimed at improving handling, and there’s a definite directness in the steering that the previous generation bakkie lacked.

Fuel consumption as claimed by Isuzu is 10,4 litres per 100km for the 2,4 petrol engine and 7,7 litres per 100km for the 2,5 litre D-TEQ engine. The 3,0 litre diesel and 2,5 litre low-pressure turbodiesel figures were not supplied, but will be tested on our standardised route.

 

Where is it going?

In conjunction with General Motors, under new leadership of MD Mario Spangengberg, Isuzu is aimed squarely at capitalising on the improving African transport network. With South Africa as the biggest market in sub-Saharan Africa, this is a good place to start, and their first directive will be to improve their market share locally, then moving on to focus on the commercial market of the entire continent, following the amalgamation of their northern and sub-Saharan GM departments.

 

Pricing

NEW ISUZU KB :: PRICING & MODELS
Engine Fuel Model Price
250 DIESEL D-TEQ Single Cab R229 300
250 DIESEL Fleetside D-TEQ Single Cab R242 700
250 DIESEL Fleetside D-TEQ Safety Single Cab R244 900
250 DIESEL LE Single Cab 4×4 R315 700
250 DIESEL LE Single Cab 4×2 R274 800
300 DIESEL LX Single Cab 4×2 R311 700
300 DIESEL LX Single Cab 4×4 R362 300
250 DIESEL LE Extended Cab R290 700
300 DIESEL LX Extended Cab R359 400
300 DIESEL LX Extended Cab 4×4 R412 300
250 DIESEL LE Double Cab R363 200
250 DIESEL LE Double Cab 4×4 R384 100
300 DIESEL LX Double Cab R410 400
300 DIESEL LX Double Cab Automatic R423 400
300 DIESEL LX Double Cab 4×4 R464 400
240 PETROL Base Single Cab R218 900
240 PETROL Fleetside Single Cab R233 700
240 PETROL Fleetside Single Cab 4×4 R258 500
240 PETROL LE Single Cab R253 200
240 PETROL LE Double Cab R309 100
240 PETROL LE Double Cab 4×4 R380 200

  • Eish… 20k more than the equivalant Amarok…

  • Johnbotes

    would love to know what the fuel consumption is?

    • Leisure Wheels

      Hi John, please see the update version:

      “Fuel consumption as claimed by Isuzu is 10,4 litres per 100km for the 2,4 petrol engine and 7,7 litres per 100km for the 2,5 litre D-TEQ engine. The 3,0 litre diesel and 2,5 litre low-pressure turbodiesel figures were not supplied, but will be tested on our standardised route.”

    • Hi John, please see the update version:

      “Fuel consumption as claimed by Isuzu is 10,4 litres per 100km for the 2,4 petrol engine and 7,7 litres per 100km for the 2,5 litre D-TEQ engine. The 3,0 litre diesel and 2,5 litre low-pressure turbodiesel figures were not supplied, but will be tested on our standardised route.”

    • Gio Rogers16

      Aperntly 7.7/100kms on 50 ppm diesel but that’s proply highway use so I guess 8.5citydriving

  • Daantjie

    I would have liked to see a Fleetside D-Teq Extended Cab as well; this tyype of cab would have ben great for a workhorse!

    • Donaldburns Zone

      I agree, I will order immediately!

  • Klasie

    Such a nice car but sad to say, such poor after sales service and incompetence and no thought of the customer or replies to complaints

    • Hey Klasie, we received your details via your Facebook message and will be in contact with you to try and assist.

  • Conerned

    I spoke to the general motor dealership and they confirmed with general motors directly that the pricing has not been released yet. Where do these guys get the pricing and can we as public rely on it! I myself am awaiting  the pricing to decide wich direction to go into the new financial year. 

    • These prices come directly from General Motors head office, and were released to the press on the day of the launch. You’ll find that many dealers wouldn’t have had it yet, as they didn’t even have it in time for the press kits, and it was handed out separately. According to the PR of GM, these are correct.

  • Steve

    I was waiting for the new Isuzu to replace my current 13 year old KB. I understand these prices are not final but if they are real or close to real I will definitely reconsidder – Ford Ranger or VW Amarok.  

  • Stevan J

    Well I work for a GM Dealer and the launch is only this weekend ther after we will gut the prices and the specs on it all we know for now is the 3L is a littel bit boost and that it is standieng on a nippie 132kw and a 370n/t at 1800rpm

    • Enjoy the launch – that little 4×4 track is not bad at all!

  • Gordin Malaba

    10.4 / 100km consuption for a 2.4l petrol engine? I will believe it whe I see it! Will it break the VW and Ford’s dominance; not now I think; will still be competing with my favourite Navara and the oldy Hilux!

  • andre steyn

    i may be one of the biggest Isuzu fans, and with the recent launch I could tell many salesmen about this new masterpiece. I need a few km’s to have driven 1mil km with Isuzu problem free. reading the other comments, I believe some buy at the wrong dealer to achieve bad after sale service. I deal with one gm dealer, they know me by heart, and I do not experience any difficulties. Isuzu done very well, and it is Ford and Totota drivers that stop at GM dealers to inspect the new Isuzu. I believe they changing their minds!!
    I withness a Amarok being sold for a Isuzu!!

  • Megatron

    Abosolutely no regrets upgrading from my Isuzu 250 DTeq 4×2 to the Gen 6 Isuzu 300DTeq 4×4… loving every minute of owning / driving this vehicle. Even challeged some other makes on an offroading weekend at Ngomo Safari Lodge a couple of weekends ago.
    Thanks to all GM Teams members at JIMS, GM Open Day at Kyalami, Isuzu Off-road Academy and the Fury Santon GM team.