Currently in its ninth year of production, the fourth generation Isuzu KB Series is in the midst of an all new replacement, set to go on sale before the end of 2012. Just as well too, because the competition is entering a new era, with the likes of the current Amarok, Ford’s soon-to-be-released 2012 Ranger, the new Mazda BT-50 lying in wait and, to a lesser extent, the recently facelifted Toyota Hilux.
While details are still far from clear, initial spy photos were followed by a patent leak that has led to the CGI (Computer Generated Image) images you see here. The alliance between General Motors and Isuzu means the new Isuzu KB could borrow the 2.8-litre diesel found in the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado, although the company’s 3.0-litre D-TEQ is already a proven unit with 120 kW and 360 Nm.
Apart from the new styling, which we hope will continue borrow strongly from the Colorado when we see the KB reach production, the interior looks set to feature some of the Chevrolet’s infotaiment features too. Ice-blue lighting for the instruments, digital climate control and 7-inch LCD display in the center stack, are some of the additional features we could well find within the next KB.
Codenamed the RT-50, the new 2012 Isuzu KB is set to be previewed at the 2012 Bangkok Motor Show in March. SACarFan will keep you posted as more information becomes available.