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2013-04-28 06:24

INTERACTIVE OFF-ROADING: Isuzu SA has launched an interactive website for off-road enthusiasts. Image: Quickpic


The new Isuzu KB is determined to build on its 40-year heritage in South Africa with a new look, improved capability and off-road prowess. Take a browse through our gallery!

General Motors SA has used Google’s Streetview concept to bring a whole new level to off-roading in the new Isuzu KB.

The company, since the launch of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB, has launched an interactive product which integrates the KB’s off-road capability with technological innovation to provide bundu-bashers with a whole new approach to trekking with their bakkie.


Seven of the new KB models feature a 4x4 drivetrain in either petrol or diesel guise to suit everyone’s needs: the KB 240 4x4 Fleetside workhorse, the practical KB 300 D-TEQ 4x4 Extended Cab LX or the lifestyle-oriented KB 250 D-TEQ Double Cab 4x4 LE.

All 4x4 models come with driver-selectable drive modes:  2-Hi, 4-Hi and 4-Lo – a rear differential lock, shift-on-the-fly up to 100km/h (model dependent) and critical ground clearance angles for steep climbs.

Isuzu brand manager Mlungisi Nonkonyan said the Isuzu Trailview concept worked hand-in-hand with the new KB.

“Trailview allows KB owners - as well as any other 4x4 owner or enthusiast - to see and almost feel a trail before even starting the car."


GMSA says the TrailView application works much like Google’s Streetview and allows online map-users to preview a destination or crossroad while browsing online maps. The Isuzu Trailview takes this concept off-road and on to some of South Africa’s best off-road trails, among them the Hennops trail near Hartbeespoort Dam and the Moolmanshoek Visierskerf trail in the Eastern Free State.

An Isuzu KB fitted with a 360-degree camera was used to provide a fully-interactive view of each.

Off-road enthusiasts can log on to the Isuzu Trailview site and view their preferred off-road trail before they get there. Even though this won’t help you much should you get lost, the website features each corner, descent, rocky climb or muddy ditch out in high-resolution pictures. Drivers can see what they’re in for.

Other photos and videos are also available with handy tips from professional off-road drivers from the Isuzu Off-road Academy to provide even more research possibilities. With user-generated content also encouraged, 4x4 enthusiasts can share their experiences with each other.

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