Spotted in SA: Next Isuzu KB

2012-02-22 12:22

Isuzu is gearing up to launch a new bakkie in the UK later in 2012. The new D-Max (called the KB in South Africa) will come twith a shift in performance, quality and refinement.

Building on the legacy of the KB, the new model has undergone the most comprehensive development programme in the Japanese automaker's history with assertive styling and, Isuzu claims, exceptional load capacity, towing abilities and off-road performance. 

Isuzu’s new bakkie will feature new common-rail diesel engines.


William Brown, general manager of Isuzu UK, said: “The all-new Isuzu D-Max (as it is called there) is an incredibly appealing package that will deliver in every key area that matters to those in farming, construction and other outdoor industries. It's the result of an exhaustive development process that included extensive research among customers worldwide."

The vehicles will be available in the UK from June and, Isuzu says, "will reinforce the brand’s strong reputation as the bakkie for professionals".

The cabin has been given a major upgrade and Isuzu says it has packed the truck with a high level of equipment.

The new model will arrive in SA early in 2013, though we'll have prices and specs in a few months. Production of the new KB will begin early in 2013 at GM's plant in Port Elizabeth and include, for the first time, in left-hand drive models for export across sub-Saharan Africa.

Compare the current Isuzu KB facelifted in 2007.

  • sizwev - 2012-02-21 13:13

    Article lacking technical info. Howcome you're able to speculate on power figures where you only have drawings but you can't this case where there's a pic on a finished product?

  • Glen - 2012-02-21 13:39

    So, is it going to be known locally as a KB still, or a D-Max?? Article very confusing.

      Hercules - 2012-02-22 14:02

      The article is very clear that it is called a D-max in UK and KB in South Africa!!!

  • Trevor - 2012-02-21 18:13

    google it, you can clearly see the Toyota partnership, the body looks like a modified Hilux,something the Chinese do well. Will have a 130kw 3.0TDI and a smaller 2.5TDI in 100kw and 87kw....very much the norm but this looks like to small a step compared to the current market...

  • steve.dupreez - 2012-02-21 18:25

    Not nearly as attractive as the D-Max I saw on http://wot.motortrend.com/isuzu-transforms-new-chevrolet-colorado-into-d-max-pickup-for-thailand-125593.html/2012-isuzu-d-max-silver-extended-cab-front-three-quarters-view/ The picture above really looks same-o-same-o!

  • Sampie - 2012-02-21 22:40

    not sure if this is new to SA as it looks virtually the same as my 2008 model

      adriaan.labuschagne2 - 2012-02-22 13:34

      Looks like the tupperware model GWM STEED

  • Anton - 2012-02-22 08:03

    looks the same - BORING

  • Jaco - 2012-02-22 09:26

    thats not the new one... article misleading, new one is very different and definitely NICE!

  • Fredster - 2012-02-22 13:48

    Check it out

  • Jannie - 2012-02-22 18:47

    That side rear windows look that the Ford Ranger...

      Wally - 2012-03-03 21:06

      I agree, Jannie. Had a look @ other pic's as well as I believe in a Suzie. The front end will resemble that of the Ranger, and all-round a beautiful vehicle. Must say, not being a Ford (read anything to do with the parent co) fan I love the new Ranger. So, not a bad thing then. To those thinking it resembles a Hilux - not bad either! I believe we hv to get to a stage where we grow up in this country and get over this label thing. I don't drive a Toyota, but I can tell you, I will not feel the need to feel ashamed if I did. The vehicles are not "boring" and although they may have had some issues on one or two vehicles and recalls, that is what happens in the industry from time to time - some more so than others. Just depends on what you require and what you expect from your car. If you want flashy and bright, buy American or take it to a tune-up shop for the bling. So, plz stop this annoying silly remarks about Toyota and their drivers just for the sake of it. Toyota, and none of the Japanese or Korean Companies are in the same league as the Chinese or Asian Companies for copying and even then being shoddy at it as well. Goodness, the Chinese Car makers are not even ashamed of using names that are misleading - although Hover and (Land) Rover = same = CRAP!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-22 19:27

    I hope the Chinese dont figure out that design before its released...

  • janet.price1 - 2012-02-22 21:48

    it looks like the ford ranger .... and the ranger looks good.

  • Amos - 2012-02-23 07:54

    Upington saw it first!

      Kevin - 2012-02-24 07:45

      Where is Upington? I have heard of Kuruman.

  • Lee - 2012-02-27 15:11


  • Vino - 2012-03-04 17:53

    why cant the journo's write an article aimed at the South African readers instead of adapting an article written in a british publication aimed at UK readers.

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