• The All New Isuzu KB6 or Gen6

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    New Isuzu KB driven

    THE FRONT END OF THE KB IS MOST CHANGE, WITH STYLING NOW LEANING MORE TOWARDS TRENDS IN THE LEISURE MARKET

    THE INTERIOR IN THE TOP SPECIFICATION MODELS IS DECENT QUALITY, ALBEIT ODD IN COLOUR, AND THE COMFORT LEVELS ARE GREATLY IMPROVED

    MUCH OF THE INTERIOR WAS DEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TRAILBLAZER, WHICH IS ONLY AN IMPROVEMENT ON THE HARD PLASTICS OF THE 5TH GEN


    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.

    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
    Single Cab Diesel
    250 D-Teq R229 300
    250 Fleetside D-Teq R242 700
    250 Fleetside D-Teq (Safety model) R244 900
    250 LE 4×4 R315 700
    250 LE R274 800
    300 LX R311 700
    300 LX 4×4 R362 300

    Extended Cab Diesel
    250 LE R290 700
    300 LX R359 400
    300 LX 4×4 R412 300

    Double Cab Diesel
    250 LE R363 200
    250 LE 4×4 R384 100
    300 LX R410 400
    300 LX Auto R423 400
    300 LX 4×4 R464 400

    Single Cab Petrol
    240 Base R218 900
    240 Fleetside R233 700
    240 Fleetside 4×4 R258 500
    240 LE R253 200

    Double Cab Petrol
    240 LE R309 100
    240 LE 4×4 R380 200

    After-sales
    Service Plan five-year/90 000km
    Warranty five-year/120 000km
    (except on Base models)