Two debuts For Isuzu at CV Show

First look at new Arctic Trucks and tipper conversion models

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.

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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.”

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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