PERFECTLY BALANCED: Work hard, play hard defines the new Isuzu KB
When it comes to offering the best of both worlds - work and play, there can be no doubt that a double cab bakkie strikes the perfect balance. On the one hand, you have a leisure orientated vehicle and on the other, a work vehicle with a decent sized rear load bay for your equipment.
With the double cab segment becoming tougher with every new model launched, General Motors has responded to market demands with the much awaited launch of the sixth generation Isuzu KB. The KB has long been a South African favourite and has built up a loyal following and solid reputation, which the new KB looks set to build on.
In recent times, the styling of a bakkie has become a major selling point - a case of ‘the better it looks, the better it will sell’. The new KB sports a more rounded frontal treatment, derived from the recently launched TrailBlazer SUV, and when fitted with the optional bulbar and canopy like our test vehicle, not only is the new KB good looking but classy and rather tough.
The TrailBlazer effect is most evident when you get inside. The centre hangdown section features the same dual cockpit layout with an oversized rotary dial for the standard climate control and ventilation settings and dash incorporated sound system. What’s more, the grade of plastic used felt solid and exhibited no rattles or cracks during my tenure behind the wheel. Also counting in its favour, is the fact that the KB’s ride quality is recognised to be the best in segment.
Being the top tier LX model albeit in two-wheel drive form, standard specification includes no less than eight cup-holders, park assist, steering wheel audio controls for the six speaker radio/CD/MP3 and USB compatible sound system, electric windows all around, leather seats, a split glovebox with an even bigger centre storage box, cruise control, ABS with EBD, six airbags and a four EuroNCAP crash rating.
Power is provided by an updated version of Isuzu’s 3.0 litre D-TEQ turbo-diesel engine which now makes 130 kW and 380 N.m of torque, and transmitted through a five speed manual box. The engine feels strong with torque available from as low as 1800 rpm. Fuel consumption is a claimed 9.3 l /100 km and payload at 1142 kg.
Bakkie enthusiast had to wait quite long for the KB to arrive but it certainly was worth it. It effortlessly and rather perfectly, is the best of both worlds.
For a test drive, contact Williams Hunt Uitenhage on 082 825 5477.
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