Isuzu unveil Arctic Trucks version of latest D-Max

Isuzu give D-Max the Arctic Trucks treatment

Reuben Van Niekerk
Isuzu D-Max
Arctic Trucks

Isuzu have unveiled an Arctic Trucks version of their latest D-Max, which comprises raised suspension, 35-inch wheels and the aggressive bodywork to go along with it.

The Isuzu D-Max AT35 was designed in collaboration with Arctic Trucks, which is renowned for producing some of the most capable overlanding vehicles on the planet.

As the range topping model in the D-Max line up, the AT35 appeals to buyers who want to stand out from the crowd, as well as those aiming to exploit the vehicles adventurous nature and its remarkable off-road capabilities.

The design of the D-Max Arctic AT35 means that there is no mistaking this model for a standard bakkie thanks to aggressively flared wheelarch extensions along with the increased ride height and wider track.

Also fitted are AT35 chrome badges on the front fenders and rear tailgate, wider profile side steps for easier access to the cabin and Arctic Truck mudflaps. The AT35 rides on 35-inch BF Goodrich all terrain tyres mounted to distinctive 17x10-inch AT black alloy wheels.

Traditionally these kits are fitted by Arctic Trucks or their approved dealers but what makes the Isuzu D-Max Arctic AT35 unique is that it is assembled at the Isuzu Motors South Africa plant in Struandale, ensuring the same build quality as regular D-Max models. The Struandale plant is the only facility in the world accredited by Arctic Trucks to produce the D-Max AT35.

Muscular bodywork enhancements are added in a dedicated Arctic Trucks conversion area in the body shop, where Isuzu’s most skilled artisans and technicians craft the bigger wheel wells and arches required to accommodate the 35-inch tyres and beefed-up suspension which comprises a specially developed lift kit and Bilstein dampers. This increases ground clearance from 232mm to 266mm while also improving the 4x4 statistics in other areas too. The AT35 boasts an approach angle of 33 degrees, a departure angle of 23 degrees and a break over angle of 34 degrees, which are unrivalled in the local bakkie market.

The D-Max’s proven part-time four-wheel drive system is retained, offering the choice of two-wheel drive for on-road use, as well as four-wheel drive high and low-range and an electronic rear differential lock.

The AT35 is powered by Isuzu’s well-proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which delivers 140kW at 3 600rpm and 450Nm from 1 800rpm in its latest iteration. It is mated to the latest specification six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the AT35 features the same level of specification as the range topping D-Max V-Cross. However, in this case the leather-trimmed seats are embroidered with the AT35 logo, which also adorns the gearshift shroud and floor mats.

Based on the top of the range D-Max V-Cross 4x4, the AT35 is available via special order through Isuzu’s local dealer network, with limited production numbers guaranteeing exclusivity.

The AT35 is covered by the same comprehensive warranty, roadside assistance and service plan as the standard D-Max which includes a five-year/90 000km service plan, five-year/120 000km warranty and roadside assistance.

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