"He's staring at us. He's definitely staring. Look, now he's pointing!" My passenger is narrating the events unfolding before us. It might sound like we're celebrities attending a gala event, but we're really just a couple of average Joes driving through the middle of town. The thing is, we're doing it in an Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35.
Never, while behind the wheel of an Isuzu D-Max, have I found myself thinking "this is a great truck, but what it really needs is a smaller engine." In 2.5-litre twin-turbo form, we've praised the D-Max for its no-nonsense utilitarian appeal, and in Arctic Trucks AT35 guise, it's proved itself practically unstoppable. So when Isuzu revealed the 2017 model would be powered by a new 1.9-litre engine, I have to say I had my doubts.
Pricing for the new Isuzu D-Max has been announced. The new truck will continue the established range line-up of Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade, with prices starting from £15,749 CVOTR.
Isuzu, perhaps to crown their 100th anniversary celebrations, packed their already capable D-Max off to Iceland to be fiddled with by Arctic Trucks, the company that’s been re-engineering 4x4s for life in the frozen wastelands for the best part of 25 years. The result is the D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. And it’s the most extreme pick-up on the market today...
If the Isuzu D-Max isn't enough for you, the company has launched a collaboration with Arctic Trucks to produce the most extreme pick-up ever sold through a UK dealer network, the new Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35.
Watch our Isuzu D-Max Blade Video Review.
What car do you think Wesley Snipes would drive? Can you see the star of Demolition Man pottering about in a Prius? No, neither can I. What’s needed is something a bit more bruitish. Perhaps even a little tricked out. Step forward purveyor of fine goods wagons, Isuzu, and their usefully utilitarian D-Max pick-up, to create this, the Isuzu D-Max Blade.
A new Isuzu D-Max Blade special edition goes on sale in the UK in April, loaded with £5,000 worth of goodies to enhance both its looks and practicality.
In response to customer demand, Isuzu UK has launched a new audio, navigation and communication upgrade pack for the all-new Isuzu D-Max pick-up, designed to appeal to trade and recreational users alike.
Isuzu UK has announced prices and specifications for the all-new Isuzu D-Max pick-up (the Rodeo name has been dropped), ahead of its UK premiere at the Commercial Vehicle Show next month.