Isuzu recently released its limited-edition X-Rider Black – a spectacular addition to the Isuzu family here in South Africa! During the initial launch, excitement and anticipation for this bold beast cultivated within me. I now find myself at William’s Hunt Roodepoort with Sales Executive, Wikus Jansen van Vuuren eagerly waiting to experience the power and drive that this beauty has to offer.

My eyes meet the unflinching glare of the X-Rider’s façade – with Isuzu’s goal evident: the blacker, the better! Its engine capacity and physical capability are the same as any of the other X-Riders, but the exclusivity and charm of the black finishes are traits that make this model so special.

On the black front grille is the striking red Isuzu logo which correlates well with the projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps. Another unique feature is the red Isuzu badges on the black, 18-inch alloy wheels. The black B-pillars, side steps and sports bar accentuate the theme that Isuzu want to reflect in the exterior design.

As expected, the interior is covered with black and red trimmings. The multifunctional steering wheel and headrests have the red X-Rider Isuzu logos. The red stitching on the black leather features, further compliment the ongoing theme. The infotainment system includes Bluetooth, USB, AUX, CD and AM/FM radio. The cluster has a multi-informational display which gives you all the relevant data you need for the vehicle. For added convenience, the electric window buttons are strategically placed for easy access.

The Power Assisted Steering (PAS) is fitting, especially for city driving in a big Isuzu bakkie. I felt quite commanding as I drove around the West Rand area. Though the bakkie is quite dominating, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated. It handles well and rides at a smooth pace.

Safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, Hill Start Assist (HAS), Hill Descent Control (HDC), driver and passenger airbags and ISOFIX for the kids in the backseat.

This bakkie truly entices with its exclusive black trims, red stitching and muscular shapes and curves. The exterior looks like a well chiseled superhero on a mission. The interior is classy and would enthuse any driver to take it for a spin.

“X” marks the spot with this exclusive 4×2 – get yours today and receive a 5-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance, 5-year/unlimited kilometre anti-corrosion warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan.

Visit William’s Hunt Roodepoort or speak to General Manager, Garry Klette; Sales Manager, Marti Pettit or Sales Executive, Wikus Jansen van Vuuren to get your limited-edition Isuzu Black X-Rider.

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley