New 6th generation Isuzu KB leads with innovative Trailview
- New Isuzu KB packs traditional Isuzu off-road punch
- Innovative new Trailview takes Google Streetview concept off-road
- Off-road adventures take on a whole new meaning with Trailview
Following the successful launch of the all-new 6th generation Isuzu KB, General Motors South Africa has also launched an innovative new interactive product which integrates the new KB’s legendary off-road capabilities with technological innovation to provide off-road enthusiasts with a whole new approach to off-road driving.
Like the five generations of KB it succeeds, the all-new KB continues Isuzu’s legendary reputation for off-road capability, versatility and reliability. With seven of the new KB models featuring a 4×4 drivetrain, and with the choice of petrol or diesel engines to match, the new KB brings its off-road potential to a host of buyer profiles – whether they opt for the industrious KB 240 4×4 Fleetside, the practical KB 300 D-TEQ 4×4 Extended Cab LX or the lifestyle-oriented KB 250 D-TEQ Double Cab 4×4 LE.
Whichever 4×4-fitted KB is chosen, assurance of ultimate off-road capability comes in the form of the driver-selectable drive mode – 2-Hi, 4-Hi and 4-Lo – a rear differential lock, shift-on-the-fly up to 100 km/h (model dependent) and excellent critical angles, where generous ground clearance and minimal overhangs mean even the steepest climbs can be tackled with ease and confidence.
Trailview is the next level of off-roading
Much like Google’s famed Streetview allows online map users the ability to preview a destination or intersection whilst browsing online maps, Isuzu Trailview takes this same concept off the beaten track and on to some of South Africa’s best off-road trails.
From the Hennops trail near Hartbeespoort Dam in Pretoria to the Moolmanshoek Visierskerf Trail in the Eastern Free State, a new Isuzu KB fitted with a specialised 360-degree camera was used to map out the trails and provide users with a fully-interactive view of each trail.
Off-road enthusiasts can log on to the Isuzu Trailview site –
– and view their preferred off-road trail, even before they get there. With each corner, descent, rocky climb or muddy ditch mapped out in high-resolution imagery, drivers can see what they’re in for, build confidence in seeing that their vehicle can handle even the toughest obstacles and up the excitement in the process.
Other photos and videos are also available with handy tips from professional off-road drivers from the Isuzu Off-road Academy, to provide even more peace of mind. With user-generated content also encouraged, 4×4 enthusiasts can share their own experiences with each other.
Isuzu Brand Manager, Mlungisi Nonkonyana, says the Isuzu Trailview concept works hand in hand with the all-new KB: “We knew when developing the all-new KB that its off-road reputation would continue and with the Trailview concept allowing KB owners as well as any other 4×4 owners and enthusiasts the opportunity to see and almost feel the different trails before even starting the car, the new KB is definitely a product of the times.
“Modern technology, clever thinking and a smart design are all attributes of both the new Isuzu KB and the Trailview concept, linking the two perfectly. The creators of the Trailview concept set out to provide users with a rich visual experience which allows them to fully immerse themselves into each trail and I think they have achieved exactly that.”