All-new Isuzu KB unveiled

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IOL mot ST oct7 isuzukb b . New Isuzu bakkie has a tougher and more modern look.

Just yesterday, at its Joburg motor show press conference, a GMSA spokesperson hinted at the next Isuzu KB bakkie range. Although no details or pictures were supplied, we did find out that the new bakkie range would be built in South Africa for local consumption and export to sub-Saharan Africa and that a wide range of models will be offered.

Less than a day later, we've come across the first official pictures and information on this all new KB, which has just been unveiled in Thailand. Ignore that silly 'D-Max' name on the number plates - that's what they call it in that part of the world. GMSA has since confirmed that the new bakkie will be launched in South Africa during the first half of 2013.

The new Isuzu is based on the recently unveiled Chevrolet Colorado bakkie, but has unique front and rear styling and some interior modifications. This new KB looks decidedly tougher and more modern than the current one - something it needs to compete with rivals like the Amarok, Hilux and new Ranger in the hotly contested bakkie market.

While local specifications are still far from being confirmed, the engine range will likely mirror the Thai model, which offers the choice of three turbodiesel engines. These include two 2.5-litre units with output levels of 87kW/280Nm and 101kW/320Nm and a 3-litre that's good for 132kW/380Nm. A five-speed manual gearbox will be fitted to most models, with some offering a five-speed automatic in place of today's outdated four-speed unit.

The new range offers the usual choice between single cab, extended cab and double cab bodies and 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. Isuzu also claims that the body is 42 percent stiffer than before. This Isuzu also features car-like active safety features like traction control.

Choosing a new bakkie is going to be harder than ever. Which one do you have your eyes on?



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Clever Trevor, wrote

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09:27pm on 12 October 2011
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Did GM SA have spare Hummer Rims which they fitted on to the new Isuzu's.How about pricing it like the TATA which is good value for money and does not have the looks but can do the job as well.

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Clever Trevor, wrote

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09:22pm on 12 October 2011
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GM American-look similar to the Nissan Navara-super-sized bakkie.Everone will want to own it but will sell quickly when they catch up with its uneconomical behaviour and expensive parts which GM is noted for.GWM is getting better with every new one launched.But wait the Koreans are soon tapping the bakkie market and all hell will break loose.

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solly, wrote

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05:57pm on 10 October 2011
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it looks like new Mazda BT50 and but is awesome no matter what

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Hurricane Blues, wrote

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05:13pm on 10 October 2011
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looks more like a Toyota and has very Chinese look face, but for a die-hard Isuzu fan it looks great when is it coming to south africa

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gareth, wrote

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03:07pm on 10 October 2011
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Reminds me of some body builders: great upper body, pathetic legs!

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Tshepo, wrote

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01:43pm on 10 October 2011
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I want a bakkie but i am really torn between Amarok, Ford Ranger and Isuzu. Amarok at times come off my wish list due to its engine capacity.

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Theo, wrote

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07:16am on 8 October 2011
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1. Trust GM has improved the towing capability of the new Isuzu. The current KB300 4x4 can only tow 1100kg!!! 2. What diesel does it use. If only 50ppm as the current kb300 requires then we need to note the lack of 50ppm diesel in many areas of SA, NAM and BOTS. This is why Toyota retains the old model engine in its bakkies.

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Anonymous, wrote

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07:57pm on 7 October 2011
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Ignore that silly 'D-Max' name on the number plates - that's what they call it in that part of the world...yes thats whats it called in the advanced world....hope RSA catches up soon. And oh hilux = VIGO!!!!

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Hennie, wrote

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04:51pm on 7 October 2011
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Looks a lot like the current Hilux!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:38pm on 7 October 2011
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Odd specs since Chevrolet version will come out with 2.5l 110kW 375Nm and 2.8l 147kW 440Nm(manual)470Nm(auto) diesels

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fred, wrote

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01:21pm on 7 October 2011
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Crud! If the 2013 model is 40% stiffer than before and you are a serious offroad traveller, why would you buy the current model? Raspberries to their marketing people- stop the bull. ( or prove it?)

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Chev?, wrote

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01:15pm on 7 October 2011
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It is based on the Chev Colorado. Must say that the Colorado is much better looking than the new KB. New KB have the same girlish looks as the Hilux and the Mitsubishi.

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Chris Blitz, wrote

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12:24pm on 7 October 2011
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Nice looking bakkie. A bit glitzy to do some real graft, but will work well for the blingboys found in Joburg. I think it will do well. As for Garth: steed? really? either you work for this miserable company, or you have bought one of these pieces of crap. The ISUZU or any of the other ‘real” bakkies will run problem free of 10 years if looked after. The steed will start falling apart as you drive it off the showroom floor. And a year in the sun later it will look like a baked raisin! Enjoy your steed. I choose a real bakkie!

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Garth, wrote

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11:50am on 7 October 2011
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Those 2.5 specs are average considering the Price. The GWM Steed 5 DC is over R100 000.00 cheaper than any other and the carlike features are standard. Also the steed 5 won its class at the last economy run....It is going interesting to see the BigBoys defend thier prices ;-)

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Chocolate Droppa, wrote

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11:09am on 7 October 2011
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so sexy!!!!!!!!wish i cud buy 7

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carlo, wrote

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10:59am on 7 October 2011
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finally isuzu! i just hope youve made changes to the plastic and tacky interior aswell..because vw and toyota have laid the benchmark, very attractive bakkie i must say...

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