If you haven’t heard of Arctic Trucks, you must’ve seen their red Toyota Hilux pick-up driven by the hosts of Top Gear in the North Pole. Ring a bell?
They’ve built yet another monster of a truck to conquer the ice, but this time it’s based on the all-new D-Max called the D-Max Arctic AT35. It will go on sale in February next year.
Aesthetically, the new D-Max looks largely the same except for the extended wheel arches and fat 35-inch wheels. Despite the Isuzu D-Max being 20-30% more rigid than before, its chassis has been strengthened further along with the addition of Bilstein performance suspension.
It may look mean on the outside but inside, it’s a real softie. Step onboard with the Arctic side steps and you’ll be greeted by custom Arctic-branded headlamps and floor mats in a completely revamped interior. With a 30 mm longer wheelbase, Isuzu has also managed to free up more legroom and an extra 20 mm of shoulder room.
That’s before you indulge in the conveniences of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the 9-inch infotainment display paired with eight speakers.
In Malaysia, the D-Max is available with two engine options – a 1.9-litre turbo diesel 4-cylinder with 150 hp and 350 Nm and a more powerful 3.0-litre turbo diesel 4-cylinder with 190 hp and 450 Nm.
Its safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedal misapplication mitigation, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Prices start from RM99,599.20 for the 1.9-litre standard double cab with manual transmission.