GM revives Isuzi KB's legacy


FIRST and foremost, the Isuzu KB is proudly South African made, by General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and the 2013 edition, which is currently the legendary bakkie’s sixth-generation, suits South African conditions like sunflowers in the Highveld.

The following pointers put the new KB into perspective:

Larger cabin, more rear legroom

The new KB  enters a fiercely competitive pick-up market and will be up against rivals such as the Toyota Hilux, the very popular new Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and also the imminent new Mazda BT-50. The KB was co-developed with the new Chevrolet Colorado but differs significantly in overall appearance. Far more aggressive in overall appearance, the KB has also grown in overall dimensions. Its wheelbase is 45 mm longer (3 095 mm), resulting in a significantly larger cabin where especially rear passengers benefit from extra legroom. This was a regular complaint against the outgoing model.

Local specification and model line-ups are not yet finalised but we suspect the newcomer will be available in a similar number of bodystyles (single-cab, extended-cab and double-cab) as before and with a similar engine line-up too. The extended-cab model now features rearwards opening rear doors.

Redeveloped engines

Over and above the 5-speed manuals, Isuzu has introduced a new 5-speed “Rev-Tronic” automatic box that offers a “Sport” mode. All-wheel drive versions also get a new “Terrain Command” system.

Focus on safety

The 2013 KB uses Isuzu’s new i-GRIP ladderframe chassis that is claimed to be 42 per cent stronger than before. In terms of safety equipment, Thai models feature ESC (electronic stability control), TCS (traction control), ABS and emergency brake assist. Dual airbags are fitted to most models, while some of the higher-spec versions also feature side airbags.

The following are areas where the 2013 KB Double Cap tops in tech and inner beauty:

  • Best in class towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes: All KB 300 D-TEQ models with optional heavy duty towbar
  • Best in class fuel efficiency: KB 300 D-TEQ Diesel (Manual & Automatic)
  • Best in class payload: 1048kg on KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4
  • Best in class CO2 emissions: 204g/km on KB 300 D-TEQ 4×2
  • Best in class warranty: 5 year/120 000km across the range.

·         plush cabin with buttons to make you happy for any need

·         less cabin noise and lower vibration levels

·         Car-like entry, thanks to the optimum height, wider opening rear doors and chamfered design of the rear seats.

  • The Double Cab range consists of 7 models in LE and LX trim levels, incorporating both petrol and diesel derivatives.
  • The range is based on three engine derivatives: the all-new 2.4L petrol engine, the tried and tested 2.5L D-TEQ, and the refined and upgraded 3.0L D-TEQ engines.
  • The drivetrain offering includes three 4×4 models. Differential Lock is standard on all LE and LX models.

Price List

Model Description

Suggested Retail

Double Cab – Petrol


KB 240 LE

R 309,100.00

KB 240 LE 4×4 

R 380,200.00

Double Cab – Diesel



R 363,200.00

KB 250 D-TEQ LE 4×4 

R 384,100.00


R 410,400.00

KB 300 D-TEQ LX auto

R 423,400.00

KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4 

R 464,400.00




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