Initially antroduced as a 700-unit limited edition, the KB 4×4 crew cab X-Ride has proved so popular with SA bakkie fans that Isuzu has given it a permanent place among its line-up.

Production will begin in September, with initial shipments commencing towards the end of the year.

The X-Rider will also be exported to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius and Seychelles.

The X-Rider is powered by a 100kW/320Nm high-output version of Isuzu’s 2.5-litre turbodiesel.

The 18” wheels are shod with 255/60 Grabber AT all-terrain tyres as well as the inclusion of a sports bar; running-boards; projector headlights with styled front-bumper guard. Inside, it’s fitted with leather seats, red stitching, radio controls and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Locally, their are 19 KB derivatives available in three body types.