Compared to my old 2007 KB 250, Isuzu has come a long way with their 2017 double cab range. But then, this review is about Isuzu’s top of the range KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4 Auto, which is hardly comparable. By Des Langkilde.
Besides the exterior remodelling and new, aerodynamically crafted front-end design, probably the biggest feature that I found some getting used to in the new KB double cab is the key-less entry and the engine Stop/Start button ignition.
To experience its 4×4 prowess, I took a drive through Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve in Port Elizabeth. Descending into the ‘Joubert’s Werf’ section of the 4×4 trail, Isuzu’s ‘Hill Descent Control‘ feature applies brakes to each wheel automatically while ‘Hill Start Assist’ prevents the vehicle from rolling when trying to pull away on an up or down gradient by holding the brakes for 2 seconds or until propulsion is detected. Then there’s the driving comfort with the rocky terrain being absorbed by heavy duty twin-tube gas pressurised shock absorbers and a combination of coil-over shock (front) and leaf spring over-slung (back) wheel suspension.
Isuzu has certainly loaded the KB with tons of modern technology, like touch-screen Satellite Navigation as standard, Reverse Camera, Smart Phone Features, Bluetooth audio streaming and Wi-Fi connectivity. The leather steering wheel also has multi-function controls with Cruise Control and luxurious seats, trimmed in genuine leather with the driver’s seat being six-way electronically adjustable.
FAST FACTS: Isuzu KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4 Auto
Price: R572 000 (Incl VAT)
Engine: 3 litre, four cylinder, turbodiesel
Compression ratio: 17.3:1
Maximum power: 130kw @ 3 600r/Min
Maximum torque: 380nm @ 1 800-2 800 r/Min
Fuel consumption: 7.9 l/100km (claimed)
CO2 emmisions: 208 g/km
For more information visit www.isuzu.co.za