Arctic Trucks beefs up Isuzu D-Max with fatter tyres and tougher suspension.
Isuzu has confirmed pricing for the D-Max AT35 off-road ute which will go on sale in Europe next week.
For the moment, Isuzu Australia is not bringing the AT35 nor a similar factory-backed modified ute to our market – something similar to the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior.
The AT35, which is based on Isuzu’s range-topping D-Max V-Cross, is much the same as the D-Max X-Terrain sold in Australia. It is offered in just one trim but with the choice of manual at £47,999 (circa AUD$85,000) or automatic at £49,999 (AUD$88,000). While those prices are high, UK pricing for D-Max is higher than in Australia.
And 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 35-inch all-terrain tyres (which is where the ute got its name), 17-inch 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 ute 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 UK’s five-year/125,000-mile (200,000km) 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.