Isuzu has given pick-up buyers a first look at the next Arctic Trucks version of the D-Max, which is making its global debut at the CV Show in Birmingham.
The Arctic Trucks variant, aimed at serious off-road enthusiasts, has been displayed in pre-production form, and is expected to join the D-Max range in the Spring of 2022, on sale from February.
Arctic Trucks is a conversion specialist working with Isuzu to re-engineer the D-Max for the most challenging environments. Changes to the production model include a strengthened chassis, the addition of Bilstein Performance suspension and an all-terrain wheel and 35-inch tyre package.
The new model also gains a number of luxury details, including branded head rests, floor mats and sill covers, a leather interior and bespoke side steps. Technology includes emergency lane keeping, traffic sign recognition, a rear parking camera and a nine-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Isuzu has also displayed a tipper conversion concept for the D-Max created by TGS UK Ltd.
The conversion adds a lightweight aluminium tipper body to the D-Max Utility Extended Cab variant, TGS UK stating the the body has been specially designed to suit a wide number of industry uses.
It is combined with a double-acting scissor-lifting mechanism controlled by an electro-hydraulic power pack – this has a wander lead allowing the operator to stand away from the truck when operating the tipper.
To cope with the conversion the chassis of the D-Max is fitted with an upgraded V-Tech air suspension system. This raises the gross vehicle weight of the pick-up to 3500kg, also retaining its one-tonne payload capacity.
While whether the tipper variant will be offered as a production conversion is yet to be confirmed, Isuzu UK head of sales Alan Able commented that a previous tipper variant of the D-Max proved a major success with the dealer network and customers.
“It makes sense to get to work on delivering a new and improved products to match the specifications of the new D-Max,” Able said. “We are always looking at how we can diversify and expand our product portfolio.”