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2017-04-10 12:25

ISUZU X-RIDER: After becoming a favourite amongst Bakkie users in South Africa, the Isuzu X-Rider is back after a being given a limited run a year ago. Image: Quickpic

Port Elizabeth - The Isuzu KB X-Rider returns as a permanent fixture after proving to be a successful seller while in its limited status, offering enhanced value and stand out styling.

'Back with a bang'

South African users can now choose from 19 KB derivatives in three body types, the newest addition to the range officially badged as the KB 250 X-Rider 4x2 Double Cab.

The starting point is – as before - the high-output 2.5-litre power plant, which has done sterling service in the KB range since its September 2015 introduction as part of wider facelift. With 100kW and 320Nm of torque, this common rail direct injection turbodiesel gives performance in keeping with the X-Rider’s sporty and recreational positioning. 

ISUZU X-RIDER: After becoming a favourite amongst Bakkie users in South Africa, the Isuzu X-Rider is back after a being given a limited run a year ago. Image: Quickpic  

At R388 400,  Isuzu says the newcomer represents a unique blend of versatility and comfort. The most obvious visual cues are stylish diamond-cut 18inch alloys with their red “Isuzu” centre caps, the black bumper guard with integrated fog lamps, tubular side steps/sports bar combo in black with X-Rider decals, and the blacked out B-pillars. The wheels are shod with low-profile 255/60 Grabber AT all-terrain rubber. This domestic package is unique to the X-Rider.

There’s a heavy-duty tow bar as standard, giving the X-Rider a 2.1-tonne braked trailer towing capacity. And with peak torque kicking in at just 1800r/min (and remaining constant all the way to 2800r/min).

ISUZU X-RIDER: After becoming a favourite amongst Bakkie users in South Africa, the Isuzu X-Rider is back after a being given a limited run a year ago. Image: Quickpic  

'Style and grit'

The interior, though, is most definitely not of the workhorse variety. Rather, it is where functionality and elegance come together in the interests of creating a comfortable and user-friendly environment.

Features include:

Full leather upholstery
Leather steering wheel
Leather gear-lever boot
Piano Black door trim
Piano Black trim on air vents, radio and front console

Adding some style to the cabin comes in the form of red stitching on the seats, steering wheel and gear-lever boot. The X-Rider insignia is embroidered on the front headrests, with a red ‘X’ in the same font also appearing on the door trims.

Remote keyless entry, satellite controls on the steering wheel, air conditioning and projector headlights with daytime running lights all contribute to car-like levels of comfort, convenience and safety.

All Isuzu KB models are sold with a fully-comprehensive five-year or 120 000km warranty or roadside assistance programme, a five-year or unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. 

Service intervals are 15 000km or twelve months for all derivatives.

Pricing and Model Line-up: 

Isuzu KB 250 Base Single Cab (LEED) - R236 500
Isuzu KB 250 Fleetside Single Cab (LEED) - R258 800
Isuzu KB 250 Fleetside (SAFETY) - R285 600
Isuzu KB 250 Single Cab LE - R334 500
Isuzu KB 250 4X4 Single Cab LE - R392 700
Isuzu KB 250 Extended Cab Hi-Rider - R337 400
Isuzu KB 250 Double Cab Hi-Rider - R358 400
Isuzu KB 250 Crew Cab X-Rider - R388 400
Isuzu KB 250 Double Cab LE - R439 600
Isuzu KB 250 4X4 Double Cab LE - R462 000
Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX - R384 200
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Single Cab LX - R445 100
Isuzu KB 300 Extended Cab LX - R418 200
Isuzu KB 300 Extended Cab LX (Auto) - R432 200
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Extended Cab LX - R479 200
Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX (Cloth) - R486 900
Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX (Auto)(Cloth) - R501 200
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX (Cloth) - R536 400
Isuzu KB 300 4X4 Double Cab LX (Auto)(Cloth) - R550 100

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