- New nose and tailgate designs
- New instrument cluster created
- Rear suspension tweaked for comfort
General Motors SA has commenced deliveries of a face-lifted version of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB across southern Africa with styling changes to the nose and and tailgate.
The instrument cluster has also been designed.
So, Up front, some of the changes for the 2016 KB in this the corporate sister ship of Nissan’s big new bakkie:
- Design changes to the bonnet, grille and fog lights.
- Projector and diode daylight running lights on LX.
- New tailgate styling on extended and double-cab models.
- Rearview camera in tailgate release – LX and double-cabs.
- 4×4 decal on load box.
- New 18″ alloy rims on LX.
- New 16″ steel wheels for rest of KB range.
- New instrument design/functions/manual shift indicator.
Brian Olson, vice-president for vehicle sales, service and marketing with General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “The new KB looks a lot sleeker while maintaining all the key Isuzu characteristics.
“In addition to the new look, buyers of the three-litre 4×4 LX double cab will get the additional value of a tow-ball, sport bar, roof rails and power adjustment for the leather seats.”
The 2016 range continues with the current 2.5 and three-litre diesel engines – the latter capable of 130kW/380Nm from the common-rail direct-injection turbodiesel and fitted in the most expensive models.
The big engine, GM claims, can consume as little as 7.9 litres/100km in the 4×4 double and extended-cab models, dropping even further to 7.7/100 km in a 4×2. The single cab 4×2 also returns 7.7, but the 4×4 single-cab eight.
A key feature of LX models is a touchscreen infotainment/satnav unit with internet, wi-fi, and smartphone integration. The screen – a high-definition 16.5cm TFT unit – also acts as the display when browsing or using the DVD player.
Passive entry/start is a keyless entry with stop/start ignition on all LX double-cabs. Leather upholstery is standard on the 4×4 auto and manual double-cabs, an option on 4×2 double-cab derivatives.
The 2.5 DTEQ common-rail direct-injection turbodiesel, introduced in 2015 and designed for 100kW/320Nm, has a variable geometry turbo similar to the 3.0 DTEQ engine which allows fine management of boost pressure.
All Isuzu models powered by this engine have vastly improved driveability thanks to a 20% increase in torque at 1200rpm and a much wider power band than its predecessor,.
Two workhorse models – 250 single-cab and Fleetside – have the direct-injection four-cylinder 2.5 diesel engine which makes 58kW/170Nm and is rated for a possible 7.9 litres/100 km.
Local staff covered more than 100 000km in refining the suspension of the latest model for a smoother rider on all surfaces. Hi-Rider 4×2 models have been given new front and rear shock-absorbers and 4×4 models revised rear shocks only.
Rebound control was refined to be more compliant.
“The end result,” Isuzu says, “is a smoother ride across a greater variety of terrain – that is, improved isolation from highway vibration and reduced harshness from sudden bumps.”
Isuzu is also pushing its “complete customer care programme” which covers all routine maintenance, regular servicing and roadside emergencies:
Vehicle warranty five years or 120 000km
Roadside assistance five years or 120 000km
Five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty
Five-year or 90 000km service plan.
Service intervals: 15 000km or 12 months, all derivatives.
MODEL RANGE AND PRICES
KB 250 Base single-cab – R235 000
KB 250 Fleetside single-cab – R258 00
KB 250 Fleetside Safety – R285 600
KB 250 LE single-cab – R334 500
KB 250 LE single-cab 4×4 – R386 800
KB 300 LX single-cab 4×4 – R442 800
KB250 Hi-Rider – R337 400
KB300 LX – R414 000
300 LX a/t – R427 900
KB300 LX 4×4 – 474 400
KB250 HiRider – R351 300
KB250 LE – R435 200
KB250 LE – R457 400
KB300 LX – R384 200
KB300 LX – R486 900 (cloth)
KB300 LX – R501 200 a/t (cloth)
KB300 LX – R549 800
KB300 LX – R653 500 a/t (cloth)