General Motors SA has upgraded its Isuzu KB range of one-ton bakkies with the latest diesel-engine technology, a larger V6 petrol engine for its top-of-the-range LX models - and an extended-cab model.
GMSA sales and marketing boss Malcolm Gauld said: "The extended-cab format has more cabin utility space with lockable load bins.
"We think most buyers will be among small and medium business operators, in mining and manufacturing and in the maintenance and repair industry."
The KB extended cab is available in three derivatives, each rear-wheel drive and based on a "high-ride" chassis with torsion bar front suspension.
The choice of models, each with a five-speed manual transmission, is:
Isuzu's new D-TEQ diesel engines feature high-pressure, common-rail, fuel-injection systems (typically this type of system operates at a pressure of between 1600 and 2000 bar!) and advanced turbochargers with intercooling.
The company claims reduced noise and vibration compared to earlier direct-injection diesel engines, as well as lower emissions.
Incoming air is chilled by a bonnet-mounted air-to-air intercooler.
GMSA quotes 157kW at 5300rpm and 313Nm at 3200rpm on a 10.2:1 comperession .
The two-litre (88kW and 174Nm) and 2.4-litre (94kW and 207Nm) petrol engines with multipoint fuel-injection have been carried over from the previous range.
New style, new features
Styling and specification changes for the new KB range include new front bumper styling across the range, a new radiator grille, a new frontal treatment with revised bonnet, fender and headlights, revisions to the outer side panels and tailgate on double-cab models; restyled running boards on LX models and a new rear-step bumper on LE and LX models.
Interior changes include the addition of silver hard trim on LX models, new cloth and vinyl trim across the range and the addition of fuel consumption and outside temperature meters on all LX models.
Anti-lock brakes are now standard on all LE models, as are two front crash bags on all LE and up models.
Cruise control has been added to all LX specification units and "shift-on-the-fly" 4x4 selection is also now available across the range.
The bakkies will be delivered with a five-year or 90 000km service plan and service intervals are 15 000km or a year on petrol and diesel models.