Port Elizabeth - Hoping to further capitalise on the success story of its X-Rider range, which proved so popular that it was upgraded from a special edition to a permanent fixture in the KB line-up, Isuzu is now launching the ‘Black edition’.
As the name implies, this limited edition version of the X-Rider gets an exclusive ‘Black Meet Kettle’ exterior paint job as a sinister looking accompaniment to the black 18-inch alloy wheels, sports bar and tonneau cover. To cut a long story short, practically everything on the outside is painted black, barring the red Isuzu badges on the grille and wheel caps.
It’s the same story inside, where black leather seats are contrasted with red stitching and the red Isuzu badge on the steering wheel stands out from the dark grey dashboard with piano black trim elements, and you'll also find red ‘X’ badges on the inner door panels.
What also sets this Isuzu apart from the aggro looking packages that some of its rivals offer (which are based on range-topping models) is that the X-Rider is positioned at the more affordable end of the range.
It’s not fitted with the flagship engine, for instance, with power coming from Isuzu’s 2.5-litre D-Teq turbodiesel, which is rated at 100kW and 320Nm.
ts lower price positioning also means less spec than you’d get in a ‘luxury’ bakkie, although it still has all the comfort and safety basics like air conditioning, power steering, an audio system with Bluetooth, remote central locking, dual front airbags, electronic stability and traction control as well as ABS brakes.
All models are sold with a five-year/120 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.