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2017 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 Revealed

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Isuzu’s UK outfit has announced the arrival of the new D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35.

Yep, we’ve seen this 35” tyred monster before but this time around it’s based on the recently upgraded D-Max, not the 3.0-litre 4JJ1 version we know and love in Australia, but the 1.9-litre Euro 6 (no AdBlue required) turbo-diesel recently introduced into the UK and other markets.

Unfortunately, the all-new 1.9-litre turbo-diesel is down on grunt when compared to the 2.5-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel it has replaced, producing 121kW and a tiddly 360Nm. That’s an increase of 1kW (good) but a significant 40Nm drop in torque (not so good), which begs the question; a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel turning 35s…?

As any off-roader knows, moving up to 35” tyres on a vehicle designed for 30” tyres, usually requires some engineering tweaks. Tweaks such as the addition of stronger CVs, larger brakes and wheel bearings and revised suspension if you want it all to work and work reliably. Then there is the gearing to consider and with a smaller, less torquey engine (you can thank Euro 6 for that) you’d be thinking the gearing in the latest version of the D-Max AT35 would have been changed to suit.

Unfortunately, none of this information is available in any of the press releases on this or the previous version of the AT35, which isn’t to say it hasn’t been engineered correctly, it’s just that I can’t find the detail very easily and it must be easy to find (for me) because I’m a little lazy…

We aren’t going to ask if you think the AT35 should be made available in Australia – like some of those other sites that don’t really understand off-roading might – because we all know that for the most part (we appreciate there are exceptions), 35” tyres aren’t needed and really only add a new level of expense and compromise to your off roading experience. It’s all mostly irrelevant because I reckon there’d be a chilly breeze blowing in Hell, the day that Isuzu Australia introduced a 35” tyre shod ute range. It’s really the last thing most punters would be wanting to spend real money on.

Anyway, the new Arctic Trucks AT35 will be available as a double cab with a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Equipment wise it will feature a keyless entry & push button start system, 7” multifunction colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay & Android Audio, satellite navigation and a shark fin antenna. Black wheels will be fitted as standard, and silver wheels are available as an option, both covered by a set of seriously pumped out body coloured, wheel arch flares.

In addition to the above upgrades, further exclusive Arctic Trucks upgrades have been made to distinguish it from the rest of range such as tinted windows, tailgate damper, Arctic Trucks branded embroidered headrest, carpet mats, door still covers, badges on the instrument panel and door panels.

Available exterior colours include Splash White, Cosmic Black, Obsidian Grey, Venetian Red, Tundra Green, Titanium Silver and Nautilus Blue.

The Arctic Trucks AT35 Double Cab Automatic and Manual will be available priced at £37,995 or around $62,000 of our dollars, which is a bit of a bargain in our book.

In the meantime, let’s be grateful for the fact that our home market D-Max still features the mighty 3.0-litre 4JJ1 turbo-diesel engine. I wouldn’t be rushing to swap that for some bigger hoops anytime soon.

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