Isuzu has just revealed more images and details of its D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35, which will go on sale in the UK market on July 25. Fettled by 4x4 experts Arctic Trucks, Isuzu says the D-Max AT35 has been engineered to handle the most arduous of off-road conditions, and we believe them, as we’ve taken 4x4s modified by the Icelandic off-road specialist into the wilderness before.
Since it’s aimed at the UK market, the special D-Max is powered by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine, which is the same as the one that’s found under the stock model’s bonnet. However, a number of significant changes have been made to the chassis and suspension to make it worthy of the Arctic Truck moniker. Modified mostly for rescue and highland utility work, the AT35 retains its one-tonne payload and 3.5-tonne towing capacities, but extensive re-engineering has been done to the suspension, which gets a set of Fox Performance Series dampers, which Isuzu claims will make the pick-up ready to take on the most “rutted tracks and brutal boulders.” These are complemented by special 35in all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres specifically engineered for extreme all-terrain use, wrapped over 17in x 10in alloy wheels.
The enhanced suspension and larger tyres have also contributed to a ride height that’s higher by 125mm than the standard Isuzu D-Max. This affords greater approach, departure and break-over anglesas well as better all-round visibility, a great advantage for identifying the safest route to an ultimate destination, whether that’s across ice fi for the occupants.
To accommodate the significantly larger wheels and tyres than the standard D-Max, Arctic Trucks have widened the wheelarches considerably. Arctic Trucks asserts that these modifications will enable the pickup truck to negotiate any kind of off-road situation without the assistance of a winch or any other rescue aids. It also claims that truck’s tyres are so bulbous in extremely cold conditions, that they will even “float on light snow slush.” Well, that doesn’t sound confidence-inspiring, but since we know Arctic Trucks know the guys at what they’re talking about, we take it as a good thing. And we hope they bring one of these here, specifically modified to be able to float over dunes.
The D-Max AT35 Extended-cab, with a six-speed manual is priced at £30,999 (Dh150,244), while Double-cab, equipped with a five-speed auto will retail for £34,499 (Dh167,093).