Heavy duty tweaks

for Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-Max GO2, 2020, static
Isuzu D-Max tipper conversion, 2020, front
Isuzu D-Max tipper conversion, 2020, loadbed up
Isuzu D-Max tipper conversion, 2020, side
Isuzu D-Max XTR Colour Edition, 2020, front
Isuzu D-Max XTR Colour Edition, 2020, side
Isuzu D-Max XTR Colour Edition, 2020, rear
Isuzu D-Max XTR Colour Edition, 2020, interior

THREE new versions of the Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck have been announced, broadening the vehicle's abilities, adding extra style and showing just what can be done to the vehicle for extreme use.

The company has revealed it will be introducing a tipper truck variant to the range as well as expanding the appeal of its D-Max XTR derivative.

The final model in the trio is a one-off, specially produced to demonstrate the off-road abilities of the D-Max.

The tipper conversion is based on the Utility Extended Cab model and has a 1.97 metre long and 1.8 metre wide 'Tippadeck' load bed.

The tailboard opens to 180 degrees and features a two-way hinge assembly allowing for it to be opened from both the top and bottom.

Loads are protected by a 30cm high side and tailboard and the tipper is operated via a electro-hydraulic power pack that lifts the body.

The upgrades to the XTR version come in the form of a Colour Edition which have a colour-coded body kit with a green Isuzu badge.

The XTR body kit was custom designed for the D-Max and the paint finish has been embellished on the XTR Colour Edition so that the front bumper guard, bonnet protector and headlight frames are colour-coded with the body to give a more premium appearance.

The fog light surrounds and grille remain black to contrast the body colour sections and to maintain some of the XTR's styling. The green Isuzu front grille badge is an accessory on the original XTR but is standard on the Colour Edition.

All XTR versions of the D-Max come with a Pedders suspension system to enhance off-road performance and the new Colour Edition will be available with the same choice of paint finishes as the regular model but only a limited number of each will be produced, says Isuzu.

The final version of the D-Max is a special which has been devised by Isuzu in the UK to show off the truck's abilities.

Call the GO2, the vehicle has been customised to show just how easily a D-Max can be converted into an extreme off-roader.

Isuzu used a Utah manual in Splash White as the base truck and built the GO2 using accessories and other aftermarket parts including a snorkel to help engine breathing in extreme conditions.

A heavy duty ARB Sahara bar has been fitted to the front bumper and the vehicle also features a Britpart Pulling Power winch.

Underneath, a full underguard kit has been fitted to protect the engine and transmission and the GO2 also has a rear differential guard.

Other changes include more robust side steps and smaller 16-inch wheels with 33-inch General Grabber X3 Mud Terrain tyres while the GO2 has also been fitted with a special braking set up and a Pedders TrakRyder eXtreme suspension system.

Darren James, group resources director at Isuzu UK said: "This is a fantastic working example of just how easily the Isuzu D-Max can be adapted and transformed into a ‘do anything, go anywhere' pick-up and should definitely give our customers some inspiration for what they can achieve in their own D-Max."

While the GO2 is a demonstration model only the tipper conversion and the Colour Edition will be going into production and Isuzu says will be available as soon as the current limitations on sales finish.

Prices for both variants are still to be announced.

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