Isuzu is now offering tipper conversions of its D-Max pickup, targeting those who need a tough and reliable tipper with robust off-road capabilities.
Originally planned for unveiling at the Commercial Vehicle Show, the conversion is based on the Utility Extended Cab, converted to feature a ‘Tippadeck’ load bed measuring 1,977mm long by 1,800mm wide. The bed is constructed using 18mm thick interlocking alloy floor panels and the tipper also features 300mm high sideboards and tailboard, also made from lightweight alloy, and heavy-duty underfloor tie points to keep loads secure.
The tailboard opens to 180 degrees and features a two-way hinge assembly – meaning it can be opened from both the top and bottom – and rubber buffer stops to protect the body. Meanwhile, the spring latches on the sideboards are recessed to avoid catching on objects and the corner posts are removable to provide an open platform – perfect for loading and unloading.
The electro-hydraulic power pack that lifts the body is activated using a wander lead control while a dual-tone alarm activates at the same time. The tipping gear and subframe have been fully galvanised to protect them from the elements and, once raised, there’s an integral body prop and hose burst safety valve to stop the body from falling unexpectedly.
The conversion also uses a powder-coated tubular gantry infilled with a protection panel to shield the cab.
Specification includes a robust black front bumper, black door handles, heated black door mirrors and 16-inch steel wheels, which can be equipped with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres as a cost option.
The interior is available with two 12-volt sockets, remote control central locking, an easy-cleanable vinyl floor covering and under seat base storage. Manual air-conditioning, power windows and an RDS radio with Bluetooth connectivity and USB port are also on offer.
Standard safety equipment include driver, passenger and curtain airbags. In addition, there is Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Trailer Sway Control.
It offers a 3.5-tonne towing capacity and is aimed at industries including tree surgeons, landscape architects and construction companies.
Expected to sell around 200 vehicles per year with a lead time of around four weeks, the tipper will be sold through the Isuzu dealer network as a used approved conversion and will benefit from the same aftersales support, including a five-year/125,000-mile warranty package and five years’ roadside assistance in the UK & Europe.
Further information on price and availability will be supplied when dealer showrooms re-open after lockdown.