Isuzu is debuting what its described as the most extreme version of its D-Max pick-up yet at the CV Show.

The D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is designed for the most difficult terrains, whether out in the country or on city-centre building sites. It has been created with 4×4 vehicle specialist Arctic Trucks.

Available in either single or double-cab variants, the AT35 retains the one-tonne payload and 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity of the standard D-Max.

The vehicle’s chassis is upgraded to provide it with complete off-road ability. The suspension gains Fox Performance Series dampers, while the wheels are significantly enlarged to 17 x 10in and fitted with 35-inch all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres. The wheel-arches are flared out to accommodate the extended rubber.

As a result the AT35 rides 125mm higher than a standard 4×4 D-Max, which in turn increases approach, departure and break-over angles to improve off-road capability.

Power comes from the 2.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine of the stock D-Max, offering 160bhp and maximum torque of 295lbft.

Standard equipment on AT35 models includes a six-speaker audio package including a speaker in the roof lining, iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls incorporated.

On the exterior heated and folding door mirrors are included alongside projector headlamps, a body-coloured front bumper, chrome door handles and chrome grille and chrome rear bumper, LED rear lights and a rear load liner.

Double-cab models also add roof bars and rear parking sensors, and on the inside full leather upholstery and climate control air conditioning.

The AT35 will also have a bespoke off-road themed options list including a 27-LED square work light, skid plates, an ARB tyre inflator with inline gauge, and the ‘Truxedo’ load bay security protector and Sports Bar styling accessories.

On UK sale from late Spring, AT35 prices (excluding VAT) range from £30,995 for the extended cab with six-speed manual gearbox, to £33,495 for the double-cab variant, or £34,495 with a five-speed auto transmission.

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