Isuzu promised pickup buyers an exciting new model for the CV Show, and here it is.
The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is a bit of a mouthful. It’s also the first collaboration between Artcic Trucks and Isuzu and the most extreme version of the D-Max ever to go on sale:
With a price tag which starts from £30,995, this isn’t the cheapest truck on the market. But it does offer something genuinely different to the usual blinged-up special edition models provided by most pickup manufacturers.
Arctic Trucks is a vehicle engineering specialist, developing and building 4×4 vehicles able to conquer the most challenging conditions for over 25 years. The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 will be the first Arctic Trucks pick-up in the UK that can be ordered directly from a vehicle manufacturer’s dealer network.
The AT35 retains the D-Max’s standard 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity and one-tonne payload. It’s also powered by the standard D-Max 2.5-litre, 163PS twin-turbo diesel. However, there are significant changes below the bodywork.
Suspension is re-engineered with Fox Performance Series shocks, which help deliver increased mobility over even the most rutted tracks and brutal boulders.
Special all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres endow the AT35 with improved all-round grip in the most challenging, slippery conditions. These huge 35-inch tyres are specifically engineered for off-road surfaces, with the rubber fitted to 17”x10” wheels, considerably larger than the standard D-Max. The vehicle accommodates larger diameter tyres and boasts wider extended flares, giving the AT35 a securely planted and powerful look.
The combined effect of Arctic Trucks specialised suspension and larger tyres is a ride height 125mm higher than the equivalent standard 4×4 Isuzu D-Max. With the increased ground clearance comes greater approach, departure and break-over angles, capable of tackling the harsh Icelandic terrain or the steep slate slopes of Wales.
The AT35 is available in double-cab and extended-cab configurations. Inside the cab, occupants will benefit from a six-speaker audio package with an ‘Exciter’ speaker in the roof lining, plus iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity to provide high-quality sound. Comfort is assured thanks to heated and folding door mirrors (including side indicator repeaters) and a leather steering wheel with audio and cruise controls provides additional safety and convenience.
The double-cab model also includes full leather upholstery for an even more luxurious interior, as well as automatic climate control air-conditioning. This is controlled by a large, circular Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) selector located on the cabin’s centre console, which allows occupants to control temperature and fan settings with a single dial.
Exterior standard features include projector headlamps, body-coloured front bumper, chrome door handles and chrome grille and chrome rear bumper, LED rear lights and a rear load liner. The double-cab model also adds roof bars and rear parking sensors for further increased practicality. A raft of optional extras are also available, including powerful LED work lights, skid plates.