Heralded as “the most extreme pickup ever sold through a UK franchised dealer network,” the truck you see before you is not something that will likely ever be available stateside. The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 is the built-to-order lovechild between Isuzu and specialty truck builder Arctic Trucks. Designed to cover terrain found in northern Russia and Scandanavia, the AT35 rides on 35″ tires and has roughly 11.4″ (290mm) of ground clearance.
Power for the Isuzu D-Max comes from a 2.5-liter (or is it litre?) twin-turbo diesel making 161 bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. According to a UK press release, the stock D-Max is capable of towing about 7,700 pounds while still returning 38.7 mpg on the British cycle. We’d expect the 35″ offroad tires (or are they tyres?) to significantly decrease those fuel economy estimates. Still, the special edition truck looks like a fun vehicle that could serve as an everyday driver.
Orders for the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 begin July 25, 2016 at select dealers. Prices for extended-cab models begin at 31,000 pounds – about $40,435 USD at today’s exchange rates – and 33,500 pounds (roughly $43,700) for double cabs. That might seem like a lot for a midsize truck but the Chevy Colorado / GMC Canyon with a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel is right on par with those numbers… without the tires and suspension upgrades. The icing on the cake? A 125,000-mile warranty from the manufacturer.
We likely won’t ever get to test one of these trucks but we did name the GMC Canyon diesel Truck of the Year. Watch below to see why.