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Isuzu and Arctic Trucks team up to ‘unprecedented off-road capabilities’ to D-Max

Arctic Trucks is a vehicle engineering specialist, developing and building 4×4 vehicles able to conquer the most challenging conditions for over 25 years.

Drawing on the firm’s expertise, the AT35 is targeted at operators working in the toughest terrains and retains the D-Max chassis, engine and transmissions, and its one-tonne payload and 3.5-tonne towing (braked) capacities but brings a number of enhancements.

Suspension is re-engineered with Fox Performance Series shocks, which help deliver increased mobility over even the most rutted tracks and brutal boulders.

Special all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres give improved all-round grip. The huge 35-inch tyres are specifically engineered for off-road surfaces, with the rubber fitted to 17”x10” wheels, considerably larger than the standard D-Max.

The combined effect of Arctic Trucks specialised suspension and larger tyres is a ride height 125mm higher than the equivalent standard 4×4 Isuzu D-Max, along with greater approach, departure and break-over angles. In addition, drivers and passengers will benefit from improved all-round visibility.

The AT35 is available in double-cab and extended-cab configurations. The extended-cab body was designed from the ground up as an ‘open-cab’ pick-up and features a second-row, rear-hinged door, also known as the side-access panel (SAP) on each side of the vehicle. To ensure maximum strength, and safety in the event of a collision, the engineers incorporated a one-piece B-pillar into the leading edge of the side access panels.

The side access panels can be opened from both inside and outside the vehicle. The rear seat cushions fold down from the back panel, creating additional seating, with fold-out thigh supports offering occupants even greater levels of comfort.

Equipment includes a six-speaker audio package with an ‘Exciter’ speaker in the roof lining, plus iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, heated and folding door mirrors (including side indicator repeaters) and a leather steering wheel with audio and cruise controls.

The double-cab model also includes full leather upholstery, as well as automatic climate control air-conditioning.

Exterior standard features include projector headlamps, body-coloured front bumper, chrome door handles and chrome grille and chrome rear bumper, LED rear lights and a rear load liner. The double-cab model also adds roof bars and rear parking sensors for further increased practicality.

Optional accessories include an Arctic Trucks Truxedo that provides added security for cargo in the load bed, as well as the Arctic Trucks Sports Bar for improved styling.

Also on offer are off-road extras such as a 27-LED square work light, skid plates and an ARB tyre inflator with inline gauge.

The D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is powered by a 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that delivers 163hp and 400Nm torque. Buyers of the double-cab AT35 can also select auto transmission.

The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 goes on sale across the UK from late spring 2016, priced from £30,995, and will be the first Arctic Trucks pick-up in the UK that can be ordered directly from a vehicle manufacturer’s dealer network.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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