The newcomer can be readily identified by a number of visual cues such as black diamond-cut 18-inch alloys and black tubular side steps, but some less obvious features are what marks this special edition KB as a special kind of workhorse.
The X-Rider boasts an uprated towbar with a 2.1-tonne braked trailer capacity, LED daytime running lights and remote keyless entry. Owners will also get leather seats, with the X-Rider logo embroidered on the front headrests. The leather-trimmed steering wheel, which is equipped with an array of satellite controls, stands out thanks to the red stitching and Isuzu badge in its centre.
Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service, and Marketing at General Motors South Africa, Brian Olson says “Our aim with the X-Rider is to offer real value and individuality in a brand which is well known for toughness, reliability and comfort. The X-Rider follows on the success of special edition models of the past, such as the Midnite and Serengeti. The X-Rider continues the tradition but at a lower price point, providing added exclusivity and exceptional value for money.”
Further detail enhancements are red stitching on the gearlever gaiter, steering wheel and the seats. Piano Black inserts are used on the doors (with a bold red ‘X’ motif), with the same high-gloss finish used to highlight air conditioning vents, the sound system, and the gearshift console.
All X-rider derivatives will be powered by the new, 100 kW/320Nm Nm high-output version of Isuzu’s proven 2.5-litre common rail direct injection turbodiesel, an engine which has been a stalwart of the KB range since a September 2015 facelift.
The X-Rider will be available at Isuzu dealerships from the first week of July.
The X-Rider is offered in a trio of classy colours -- Summit White, Switchblade Silver or Maranello Red – and the full array of changes applicable to the exterior include:
Isuzu KB 250 HO X-Rider Extended Cab R 355 900
Isuzu KB 250 HO X-Rider Double Cab R 366 380