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The New Isuzu KB, the Boldest Yet!

For now, the topping engine in the new Isuzu KB range is an advanced 3-litre D-TEQ engine that is offered on LX models only.

 Isuzu KB

Isuzu remains a global leader in innovation in the field of commercial vehicle manufacturing and diesel engine technology, and thanks to substantial investments in its operations in South Africa the company now builds its all-new sixth-generation KB pick-up range at the heart of General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA) production facility in Port Elizabeth.

Isuzu’s heritage in SA goes back to 1972 with the launch of the first Isuzu one-tonner in this country, which was then badged as the Chevrolet LUV, with local production in Port Elizabeth beginning in October 1972.

In 1977 the first diesel-powered models were added to the range and in 1979 the range was expanded further to include the first 4×4 variants, which also coincided with the adoption of the Isuzu KB branding for the bakkie.

The new Isuzu KB range is powered by a choice of advanced diesel and petrol engines. New to the range is a 2,4-litre 16V DOHC petrol engine available on Isuzu KB Base, Fleetside and LE models, which features four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts and hydraulic tappets with maintenance-free automatic lash adjustment.

 The New Isuzu KB ‘s maximum power of 112kW at 5 200rpm

 Isuzu KB loaded

Producing maximum power of 112kW at 5 200rpm and 233N.m of torque at 4 000rpm, GMSA claims that the 2,4-litre KB engine offers a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 10,4 litres/100km, with CO2 emissions pegged at 245g/ km for 4×2 models.

The company’s also kept its 2,5-litre low-pressure turbocharged diesel engine for Base and Fleetside models. This engine produces 58kW of power and 170N.m of torque, which GMSA believes is the ideal configuration for producing good useable torque at low engine speeds. Isuzu’s 2,5-litre D-TEQ engine is also available on Base, Fleetside and LE models.

This unit delivers 85kW of power at 3 600rpm and maximum torque of 280N.m from 1 800rpm. Featuring an advanced high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system and intercooled turbocharger, this engine is also carried over from the previous model and its fuel consumption in a combined cycle is a claimed 7,7 litres/100km. For now, the range-topping engine in the new Isuzu KB range is an advanced 3-litre D-TEQ engine that is offered on LX models only.

This engine offers a thundering 130kW of power and tar-ripping 380N.m of torque thanks to the use of high-pressure common-rail fuel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger and new intercooler. A unique touch on both D-TEQ engines is that its oil filter has been re-located to the top of the engine, at the front, to make access for servicing easier.

The oil filter is also surrounded by a drip-tray to prevent oil spillage over the engine during filter changes. Top specification Isuzu KB LX models are also available with an allnew five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode for increased control in tricky situations, and a torque converter lock-up clutch.

Buyers are also spoiled for choice when it comes to KB shopping as Isuzu have launched the new range with 26 different derivatives to ensure you buy the right vehicle for the right application at a competitive price. It remains well-specced, well built and is sold with a five-year/120 000km mechanical warranty.

All models, except the KB 240 Base single cab, are sold with a five-year/90 000km service plan for added peace of mind. Prices start at R197 200 for the Isuzu KB 250 Base single cab.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa