a bakkie you could spend hours driving
While attending the media launch of the new Isuzu KB range, we had a good opportunity to really see what these new bakkies could do!
First thing that I noticed while driving one of the new Isuzu KB bakkies, was how comfortable the seat was. The ergonomics of the seat are superb, as well as the positioning of the front console and steering wheel. Everything is easily reachable and this is certainly a bakkie you could spend hours driving, with relatively little discomfort.
Depending on the model, various extras are available. The 3.0 litre variants are equipped with a very functional and easy to use touch display. Featuring navigation and smart phone connectivity, as well as many other useful features – it is easily accessible and easy to use.
At the launch, we started the journey by taking the convoy of Isuzu KB bakkies through some rather demanding dirt roads. The KBs handled it with ease – simply switching the dial located near the gear box activated the 4-wheel drive function and the bakkie cruised through without any difficulties.
After a few hours of driving we headed to the mobile safari lodge Hayward’s. Boasting the only 5 star mobile accommodation in South Africa, we were treated to luxurious accommodation and delicious food.
The next day we took a short drive to a nearby 4×4 course. Here we really got to see what the new Isuzu KB bakkies could do! Having not had much 4×4 experience in the past, I was able to complete the 4×4 course without any difficulties. In fact it was incredibly easy! Letting the KB do the work, even the steepest of hills was just a matter of activating the 4-wheel drive function and just keeping constant pressure on the acceleration. The bakkie just cruised over and upon facing the steep down hill, I didn’t even have to keep my feet on the pedals. With the various systems the KB employs, the bakkie slows itself down (while in gear) and all that’s left to do is steer!
We were then showed the incredible safety features of the stability control system and how effective it is at preventing road accidents. Allowing the driver to avoid an unexpected obstruction in the road and keeping control when returning to the correct lane.
New flagship: Isuzu KB 300 LX 4×4 Double Cab Automatic
New workhorse models: Isuzu KB Extended Cab and Double Cab Fleetside 4x2s
Stability Control for all but entry-level single cabs
All Isuzu KB models are sold with a fully-comprehensive 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance program, a 5-year/ unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty and a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000 km or twelve months for all derivatives. Isuzu KBs are available from the GMSA dealer network.