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Isuzu KB350i V6 Double Cab

Broadcast dates : 18th September 2005
24th September 2005

It may come as a surprise to many viewers to learn that Isuzu is top-dog in the image-building Double Cab market.

The good looks of Isuzu puts it head and shoulders above its competitors from Toyota, Ford, Nissan and the likes, and mechanically the Isuzu has enjoyed a five carat Ė thatís carat with two Aís - reputation amongst farmers and urban kerb-hoppers.

The launch of the Toyota Hilux in a multiple of variants, including a massive double cab, saw General Motors faced with a tricky marketing decision.

A big price-cut in reaction to the cheaper Hilux would seriously annoy recent customers of the latest KB launched last year.

So general Motors announced a somewhat creative marketing package that, hopefully for Isuzu fans and dealers, will keep everyone happy.
This is the second new KB series weíve featured on the show, the first being the turbodiesel 4x4 Double Cab. The big petrol V6 packs a punch and at the price you are getting a potent pick-up with 4X4 looks.

The diff lock and high ground clearance impart an off-road ability that is the equal of some soft-roaders.

The KB350 motor is particularly sweet-revving and develops a rather leisurely 147 kilowatts at 5400 rpm, and 280 Newton metres of torque at 3000. Performance is hardly startling, and top speed is limited to an indicated 180 km/h on the speedo.

The suspension of the KB is via torsion bars at the front, and leaf springs at the rear. Hendrik found the ride well-sorted for a bakkie, and a five-seater bakkie at that!

As a workhorse, the Isuzu has a reasonably-sized load bay. Itís rated at 940 kilograms, which is close to the old one-ton benchmark, and comes with a sturdy roll-over bar and an easy-to-close tailgate. The front bull bar is particularly imposing.

Inside itís functional rather than luxurious. The seats have cloth upholstery in place of leather finery, but it does have air-con and a rather basic sound system as standard. The occupants get dual front airbags and plenty of rear legroom in a well-rounded package.

Isuzu KB 350i V6 Double Cab
  • Engine: V6 petrol, 3 494cc
  • Power: 147 kW @ 5 400 rpm
  • Torque: 280 Nm @ 3 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 10,64 seconds (Car Magazine)
  • Top speed: 164 km/h (Car Magazine figure, electronically limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 17,48 litres/100 km (Car Magazine)
  • Price: R255 821
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