By: IOL Motoring Staff

Johannesburg - The local Isuzu KB bakkie range has been treated to a facelift and improved chassis, while specification has been beefed up in range-toppers.

The key visual changes take place up front with a redesigned bumper, grille and headlights giving the bakkie a more sculpted look. LX models get integrated LED day time running lights. Those with a sharp eye will also notice a new tailgate design on extended and double cab models, and styling changes are rounded off with new wheel designs across the range - 18-inch alloys in the case of LX versions and 16-inch steel rims on the rest of the range.

The only alteration inside is a new instrument cluster design that includes a gear shift indicator for manual models. The LX versions, which already have a touch-screen infotainment system with satnav and WiFi, now also come with a reverse camera.

The suspension has been honed by local engineers with the aim of improving ride quality. To that end the KBs receive new dampers, on both axles in hi-rider models and on the rear only in the case of 4x4s.

Engines carry over as before, kicking off with the 'proven' 58kW/170Nm 2.5-litre diesel. Mid-range KBs get Isuzu's recently upgraded 2.5-litre DTEQ turbodiesel with 100kW and 320Nm, while range-toppers soldier on with the 130kW/380Nm 3-litre unit.

PRICES

Single Cab

KB 250 Base (LEED) - R235 000

KB 250 Fleetside (LEED) - R258 800

KB 250 Fleetside (Safety) - R285 600

KB 250 LE - R334 500

KB 250 4x4 - R 386 800

KB 300 4x4 LX - R442 800

Extended Cab

KB 250 Hi-Rider - R337 400

KB 300 LX - R414 000

KB 300 LX auto - R427 900

KB 300 4x4 LX R474 400

Double Cab

KB 250 Hi-Rider - R351 300

KB 250 LE - R435 200

KB 250 4x4 LE - R457 400

KB 300 LX - R486 900

KB 300 LX auto - R501 200

KB 300 4x4 LX - R549 800

KB 300 4x4 LX auto - R563 500

RIVALS

Workhorse

Isuzu KB 250 Base (LEED) - 58kW/170Nm - R235 000

Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi - 88kW/285Nm - R234 900

Nissan NP300 2.5 TDi - 98kW/304Nm - R229 900

Mid-range double cab

Isuzu KB 250 LE - 100kW/320Nm - R435 200

Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS - 118kW/385Nm - R442 900

Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 SRX - 110kW/400Nm - R432 100

High-end double cab

Isuzu KB 300 4x4 LX auto 130kW/380Nm - R563 500

Toyota Hilux 2.8 4x4 Raider auto - 130kW/450Nm - R570 600

VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion auto - 132kW/420Nm - R570 200

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