Isuzu has teamed up with Arctic Trucks to develop its most extreme D-Max pickup truck ever. Arctic has plenty of experience fortifying trucks for the world's toughest terrains and climates, and it focuses that experience toward building the D-Max up with upgraded suspension, tires and more. This D-Max wants to get dirty.
If you're going to build an extreme off-road version of your pickup truck ever, you might as well reach out to the shop that designs trucks specifically for the world's most demanding environments. Iceland-based Arctic Trucks specializes in building extreme versions of 4WD vehicles for the likes of the poles, deserts, glaciers, mountains and more. Its work includes a Toyota Tacoma that set a world record overlanding its way to the South Pole.
The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 becomes the first Arctic Trucks pickup in the UK available for order directly through a manufacturer's dealer network. Isuzu and Arctic have kept the D-Max's high-tensile-strength steel ladder frame, 161-hp/292 lb-ft 2.5-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions, and dial-selected 4WD system with low ratio.
From there, the AT35 gets enhanced with an upgraded suspension with Fox Performance Series shocks and 35-in Nokian Rotiiva AT tires wrapped around 17 x 10-in wheels. Those upgrades jack ride height by 5 in (125 mm), improving upon the approach, departure and break-over angles. Extended fender flares help rein those big tires in and add to the muscular, rock-hungry look.
The options list helps buyers enhance the off-road warrior nature of their D-Max AT35 with choices like skid plates, an Arctic Trucks Truxedo cargo system, an Arctic Trucks Sports Bar, an LED work light and an ARB tire inflator.
The D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 Extended-cab starts at £30,995 (approx. US$45,000), while the Double-cab bases in at £33,495. The latter can be ordered with optional 6.1-in touchscreen infotainment system and Pioneer audio.