THE latest version of Isuzu's rugged D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 pick-up is now production-ready and dealers will open the order books in early May with prices starting from Â£47,999.
Like its' predecessor, the new model has been developed and professionally re-engineered to handle the most challenging landscapes but now incorporates significant enhancements to the body, frame, drivetrain, suspension, wheels and tyres.
Taking its name from the 35-inch tyres fitted to the vehicle as standard, the AT35's chassis and bodywork are re-engineered to accommodate its 17-inch matt black alloy wheels and enlarged 315/70 R17 all-terrain tyres.
The suspension system is overhauled with an optimised and elevated tailored Bilstein performance suspension system featuring front springs and dampers, rear dampers and additional front and rear body lift, providing a total front and rear elevation of 50mm more than the standard D-Max pick-up.
Ground clearance increases to 266mm at the front and 290mm at the rear compared with the standard D-Max, with an approach angle of 35°, a departure angle of 29° and a break over angle of 34°.
Isuzu says that the enlarged tyres, performance springs and dampers provide a softer, faster ride over rough surfaces and a lighter footprint over delicate terrain, without compromising on-road behaviour.
The signature styling of the AT35 is enhanced by extra-wide, colour-coded wheel arch extensions, which create additional clearance, extended profile side steps, strengthened Arctic Trucks mud flaps and a versatile two-inch rear multifunction receiver hitch, enabling the quick and easy fitment of tow balls, winches, rear-mounted steps and more.
Based on the Isuzu V-Cross model, the Arctic Trucks AT35 benefits from an SUV-like level of specification with gunmetal grey exterior styling elements, premium black interior headlining, a nine-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility and an eight-speaker sound system.
The leather interior features Arctic Trucks branding incorporated on the headrests and door entry guards plus a wireless mobile phone charge point and a premium carpet mat set.
Like the rest of the D-Max range it comes with a portfolio of advanced driver assistance systems including forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, manual and intelligent speed limiter, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.