The new 3.0L Isuzu KB 300(DTEQ) LX Auto 4×2 (turbo diesel) is the perfect escape package for rugged terrain trekking and leisurely open road cruising. A titan among a diversified class of utility vehicles and revered among die hard bakkie enthusiasts. The new Isuzu KB 300 has the anomaly of converting outright mamma’s boys into itinerant men of valour.
Among its many virtues, the Isuzu is fitted with one of the leading body designs of its class, a winning formula, for which Isuzu will abide with for the foreseeable future. Robust underskin engineering adds 10% more thickness for a more tensile impact-resistant exoskeleton. The chrome grill cover heightens the KB’s styling and embellishes its hulking presence. Bold aerodynamic contours optimize fuel efficiency and performance.
The interior space is elaborate and ease of movement is created through an ergonomic framework of functionality, Conventional use of colours and materials along with the same dashboard design motif of the Trailblazer. The cabin is homely and compensating for the human factor (or child factor) is the convenience of utility receptacles and cup holders. Radio/Front loader CD player and an AUX/USB port for audio connectivity only! And Instead of a standard USB port they have opted for a senseless Mini-USB cable connector. But sources say Isuzu will have a model variant with a refashioned interior; perhaps adapt with a thumb drive port and a reverse camera due for release later this year. Nonetheless to uncover its true identity you must first understand the purpose for which it was made. So we unleashed the bulky Isuzu onto the dirt tracks of The Wedge 4×4 Trail, out in Muldersdrift, for man and machine to show their grit.
Now taking into account the Isuzu is a 4×2, it made easy work of bulldozing over and through some of the obstacles. I had never been on the course myself personally, but I had complete confidence in the Isuzu’s abilities. There were some limitations, but 4×4’ing is the kind of activity that goads you to want to challenge those limits. Recalling what the course master told me that morning, in an apologetic tone, he said, ”Dean, if you get stuck out there, there isn’t anything, anyone or any machine available to tow you out.” So with bravado, I said to myself, I am driving one of the best bakkies in the world, I am not going to need anyone to tow me out of anything! I had spent enough time getting to know the Isuzu and with some insight from 4×4 guru Marius Van Vuuren – I was ready to tackle the course. Some of the slopes had me calculating my approach; otherwise with a steady foot on the throttle, my heart racing, the Isuzu mastered and summited every climb. The Isuzu’s suspension set up rides with the comfort of a SUV but with the brute of an off-road utility pick up, highlighting Isuzu’s precision underpin engineering. A refined powertrain (130kw of power, 380nm of torque) ensures smooth application when auguring the Isuzu for more traction on slippery inclines and muddy terrain.
Cars are made with a specific design function in mind. Most are more rudimentary and some are more vocational. The new Isuzu KB 300(DTEQ) 4×2 is the latter. It is a lifestyle vehicle and that’s why it carries a price tag of R494 000 – so don’t waste your money unless you’re willing to have your senses rewired in search of more adventure in your life. The Isuzu hungers for rugged terrain, to battle it out – man, machine against the elements of nature. Your life will never be the same again! – Dean Joseph