Through a collaboration with off-road specialist Arctic Trucks, Isuzu is offering a special-edition D-Max called the AT35. Isuzu says the mean-looking D-Max AT35 is the most extreme pickup it has ever offered and is available from just £30,995 plus VAT.
Building and adapting 4×4 vehicles for over 25 years, Arctic Trucks is one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to off-road vehicles. This is the first time UK customers have been able to purchase an Arctic Trucks pickup through an authorised dealership.
Upgraded running gear
One of the most obvious alterations is the ride height. Arctic Trucks has raised the suspension by 125mm which increases the wading depth as well as approach, departure and break-over angles. Fox Performance Series shocks have also been fitted all-round, which help deliver increased mobility over even the most rutted tracks and brutal boulders.
The AT35 sports all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres, which help to create that butch look and provide excellent grip in the most challenging and slippery of situations, the manufacturer claims. Optional upgrades include the sports bar for a heavier-duty off-road look and the Arctic Trucks Truxedo that provides added security for cargo in the load bed.
Furthermore, off-road extras such as a 27-LED work light can provide widespread illumination under darkness, skid plates provide enhanced under-body protection, and an ARB tyre inflator with inline gauge help the most adventurous continue on their way.
Pricing and availability
Prices start from £30,995 plus VAT for extended cab models with double-cabs at £33,495 (the five-speed automatic is a £1,000 premium). All models will go on sale in May 2016 and come with Isuzu’s five-year manufacturer warranty.
This represents a £8,000 lift over the price of the current flagship model, the Blade, so it’s a very pricey upgrade. These modifications could be retrofitted a lot cheaper, although this may invalidate the warranty and affect the residual values.