I was probably one of the first people in South Africa to tow with the brand new Isuzu KB 300 4×4 double cab. In fact, the vehicle had just arrived in the Cape and was being driven by one of the top managers of Isuzu before we arranged to steal it away for our Mountain Zebra trip.
As a tow vehicle, the Isuzu comes into its own. Up hill and down dale, the Isuzu towed the Infanta Enkulu 2 as if it had nothing attached to the tow bar.
The KB 300 pushes out 130kW and 380Nm from 1800 – 2800rpm: decent power for towing even the biggest caravans. Actually, with a rated maximum towing capacity of 3 500kg, there isn’t a caravan in the country that you would not be able to hitch up. Even if you were to load the Isuzu to its GVM of 3 100kg (Tare 2 080kg), you would still be able to tow a 2 900kg rig, thanks to a GCM of 6 000kg.
Let’s face it: a bakkie is just the best thing for towing!
The LX variant we drove comes out standard with a leather steering wheel with multi-functional controls, cruise control, a reverse camera and Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi connectivity. On LX models, the newly-designed instrument cluster tells you when it’s time to shift gear. The LX also boasts the Isuzu Media Solution with touch-screen satellite navigation.
The car is also well equipped in the safety department, with six airbags, traction control, brake-force distribution, anti-lock braking system, and ESC (Electronic Stability Control).
I don’t often get an opportunity to use my tow vehicle in 4×4, but I did on this trip. The Hill Descent Control applies brakes to each wheel automatically where necessary, and the Hill Start Assist prevents the vehicle from rolling when you are trying to pull away on an up- or down gradient.
As a final thought, I have to mention the new front-end design, which is not only more aerodynamically crafted, but gives this big bakkie a bolder and more striking look than ever before.