Monday, 04 July 2022

Isuzu’s extreme pick-up answers call of the wild

IS it a bird, is it a plane — and all that Superman stuff? No, it

IS it a bird, is it a plane — and all that Superman stuff? No, it is the latest tough cookie from Isuzu, writes Nigel Wigmore.

Actually, it’s the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. Great name, of course, but is it, as Isuzu claims, “the most extreme pick-up ever sold through a UK franchised dealer network”?

We shall see, as I hope to review this vehicle in the near future. In the meantime, order books for the AT35, have been declared open.

Isuzu says the AT35 is “engineered to excel in the most arduous terrain and will meet the most demanding challenges from farmers and other rural workers, those in the construction industry, and adventurous thrill-seekers alike”.

With 35-inch wheels and 290mm of ground clearance, Isuzu claims the AT35 offers off-road capabilities that have never before been available in a vehicle with franchised dealer support.

The AT35 pick-up will be available from 36 Isuzu dealers nationwide.

The Isuzu D-Max, which I like very much as a 21st century pick-up — ie one for leisure and not necessarily for work — is renowned for its towing capabilities and low running costs.

It offers a broad range of pick-up configurations, with single-, extended- and double-cab body styles and five different specification levels, all with a powerful and highly efficient 2.5 twin-turbo diesel engine under the hood.

The AT35 follows on from the success of the multi-award-winning D-Max. It is the result of a partnership between Isuzu UK and Arctic Trucks, which designs and builds vehicles specifically to cope with the unforgiving terrain of northern Scandinavia and Russia.

When order books open on July 25, the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 will be the first Arctic Trucks pick-up in the UK that can be ordered directly from a vehicle manufacturer’s dealer network.

The AT35 is available in two body configurations. The extended-cab — from £30,999 — features rear-opening side access panels, a fold-down rear bench seat, and a braked towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

The double-cab — from £33,499 — offers a refined interior for five adults, adds climate control and full leather upholstery, and is available with manual or automatic transmission.

As with all Isuzu D-Max pick-ups, the AT35 has a 125,000-mile/five-year manufacturer warranty.

William Brown, general manager at Isuzu UK, said: “The Arctic Trucks AT35 retains strong D-Max attributes and adds totally unprecedented off-road credentials and brutally hardcore looks. We’re expecting it to appeal to a wide range of private and commercial buyers.”

In addition to the high levels of standard equipment, a comprehensive accessories list allows customers to spec their AT35 according to their unique requirements, with each unit being built to order.

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