Special X-Rider double-cab joins Isuzu bakkie range

  • Isuzu 250 X-Rider 4×2 Double Cab is extra model
  • Bakkie based on KB 250 Hi-Rider double-cab
  • Model range now totals 19 in South Africa
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic

PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape – The X-Rider was introduced a year ago but as a limited run of about 700 units, Isuzu says, and sold out fast. Now it’s back on the price list as a permanent model.

It’s now badged as the KB 250 X-Rider 4×2 Double Cab and takes to 19 the number of KB derivatives in three body types.

Under its bonnet is a 100kW / 320Nm, 2.5-litre, engine that’s been around since a model facelift in late 2015 and is regarded by Isuzu as having performance “in keeping with the X-Rider’s sporty and recreational positioning”.

2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic

Price? At R388 400, The Corner was told, the bakkie is “a unique blend of versatility and comfort” whose immediate identification can start with its diamond-cut 18″ alloy wheels rims with red “Isuzu” centre caps, a black bumper guard inset with foul-weather lights, black tubular side steps and sports bar with X-Rider decals, and blacked out B-pillars.

RUGGED TOW-BALL

The new stuff rides on low-profile 255/50 Grabber all-terrain rubber that, Isuzu says, are unique to the X-Rider.

Mlungisi Nkonyana, Isuzu SA brand manager, enlarged: “The X-Rider isn’t just about purposeful and head-turning looks – it will deliver when required. A heavy-duty tow-ball is standard and can haul a 2.1-tonne braked trailer.

“The interior, though, does not shout “workhorse” – rather its functionality and elegance come together to create a comfortable and user-friendly cabin.”

Other upmarket touches include:

2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic

Full leather upholstery with stitched red insignia

Leather-clad steering-wheel and gear-shifter boot

Shiny black trim on the doors, air vents, radio and front console

Remote keyless entry and aircon

Remote controls on the steering-wheel

“Projector” headlights flanked by daytime running lights, Isuzu says, “all contribute to car-like levels of comfort, convenience and safety”.

Body-colour choice is restricted to white, silver or red.

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Each Isuzu KB unit is are sold with a comprehensive five-year or 120 000km warranty and roadside assistance programme, a five-year unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year or 90 000km service plan.

Service intervals 15 000km or annually and below the image are the…

2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic

MODELS AND PRICES
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 – R418 200
Isuzu KB 300 Extended Cab LX a/t – 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 a/t (Cloth) – R501 200
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX (Cloth) – R536 400
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX a/t (Cloth) – R550 100

2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
2017 ISUZU X-RIDER: Image: Isuzu SA / Quickpic
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