It is here! The second restatement of ISUZU’s specially developed ultimate double cab bakkie – the new ISUZU D-MAX Arctic AT35, is tough, extremely competent, and exclusive.
Designed in collaboration with Arctic Trucks, world-renowned for producing some of the most capable overlanding vehicles on the planet, the D-MAX Arctic AT35 is proudly locally assembled at the ISUZU Motors South Africa plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. It is available on special order through ISUZU’s local dealer network, with limited production numbers guaranteeing exclusivity. The Struandale plant is the only ISUZU facility in the world accredited by Arctic Trucks to produce the D-MAX AT35.
As the range-topping model in the D-MAX line-up, the AT35 appeals to buyers who want to stand out from the crowd, as well as those aiming to exploit the vehicle’s adventurous nature and its remarkable off-road capabilities.
Tough and supremely capable
The muscular design of the D-MAX Arctic AT35 matches its tough underpinnings thanks to the aggressively flared wheel arch extensions along with increased ride height and wider track.
Numerous other elements signal this model’s exclusive status, including AT35 chrome badges on the front fenders and rear tailgate, wider profile side steps for easier access to the cabin and Arctic Trucks mudflaps. This is matched by hefty 35-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres mounted on distinctive 17x10-inch AT black alloy wheels. A standard 18”-inch spare wheel is fitted beneath the load box, and a ResQ Puncture Repair Kit is provided to get you mobile again with the least amount of hassle.
Under the skin, the AT35 is equipped with a specially developed suspension that gives this unique model its imposing stance and supreme off-road characteristics. A purpose-designed lift kit raises the ground clearance from 232 mm to 266 mm and increases the vehicle height from 1 810 mm to 1875 mm. This is complemented by heavy-duty Bilstein dampers that provide the ideal balance between on-road composure and sure-footed off-road performance.
The standard vehicle’s wading depth of 800 mm climbs to 865 mm on the D-MAX Arctic AT35, while 4x4 obstacles can be negotiated with ease thanks to the steeper approach angle of 33 degrees (up from 30 degrees), an improved departure angle of 23 degrees (up from 18 degrees), and the greater break-over angle of 34 degrees (up from 22.5 degrees).
The D-MAX’s proven part-time four-wheel drive system is retained, offering the choice of two-wheel drive for on-road use, as well as four-wheel drive high and low-range when venturing off-road. The electronically controlled system incorporates a new actuator design on the current D-MAX that offers one of the fastest engagement times of 0.61 seconds to ensure a seamless transition to the preferred drive mode. For the toughest terrain, the driver can engage the electronic rear differential lock.
The AT35 is powered by ISUZU’s trusted 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that is used in the range-topping D-MAX models. The high-pressure common-rail diesel engine is both more powerful and more efficient than the previous-generation unit, delivering a peak power output of 140 kW at 3 600 r/min and 450 Nm of torque from 1 800-2 800 r/min. It is mated to the latest-specification six-speed automatic transmission which delivers faster shifts and improved fuel economy.
Befitting its top-spec status, the range of advanced driver assistance features is exceptional, incorporating innovative stereo camera, sonar, and radar technologies. This enables an extensive range of active driving aids including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Attention Assist, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), and Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK).
Additional safety features include front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, rear radar, and the Multi Collision Brake (MCB) function that will automatically apply the brakes when the airbags are deployed. Along with the usual complement of airbags (dual front, side, curtain, and driver’s knee).
The D-MAX Arctic AT35 is sold with ISUZU’s standard five-year/90 000 km service plan, 5-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance, and 5 year/unlimited distance anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000 km or 12 months.