Arctic Trucks beefs up Isuzu’s range-topping pick-up with fatter tyres and tougher suspension
Isuzu has confirmed the pricing for the radical D-Max AT35 off-road pick up truck, ahead of sales beginning next week.
The AT35, which is based on Isuzu’s range-topping D-Max V-Cross, is offered in just one trim but with the choice of two gearboxes: manual at £47,999 or automatic at £49,999. This is paired with a 162bhp turbocharged diesel engine, which can deliver up to 360Nm of torque – the same powerplant as found in all D-Max models.
Yet, this is where the similarities with the V-Cross end. Off-road specialist Arctic Trucks has given the AT35 an overhaul, which the firm says will allow the truck to “handle the most challenging landscapes with ease”.
This kit includes fat 35in all-terrain tyres (which is where the truck got its name), 17in black alloys, Bilstein performance suspension – which includes bespoke springs and dampers at the front, an adjustable anti-roll bar and extended shackles at the rear. The truck also gets extra-wide arch extensions, and additional clearance at both the front and rear.
Inside, there are Arctic Trucks-branded headrests and floor mats, with the seats trimmed in leather as standard, plus a 9.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual-zone climate control, automatic windscreen wipers and an HDMI port are also standard.
Isuzu UK managing director William Brown said: “This new halo model for the Isuzu range really demonstrates how adaptable and versatile the D-Max platform is, and with the AT35 we showcase how inspiring and extreme the vehicle can be, whilst importantly retaining the full commercial vehicle status, with no compromise to payload or towing capacity.”
Brown added that the AT35 will be covered by Isuzu’s five-year/125,000-mile warranty.
Peter Smith managing director of Arctic Trucks UK said: “We are delighted to finally be able to bring the All-New Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 to the market.
“We are very proud of what we have developed together with Isuzu UK on this latest generation D-Max which is undoubtedly the best yet.”
As well as structural upgrades, the D-Max receives added safety features such as forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking, awarding it the highest score in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests.
Other features include traffic sign recognition, cruise control, rear camera and parking sensors.