This is the Isuzu D-Max AT35 and the AT stands for Arctic Trucks – a small company that started out in Iceland modifying consumer trucks to make them capable of covering the treacherous tundras of the world. With a catalogue of options ranging from suspension lifts to gun mounts and everything in between, Arctic Trucks have a reputation for being the company that can help you drive just about anywhere on the planet.
Due to changing times and also a bit of help from a famous TV car show, the brand has got a lot more attention over the years and now they have started producing cars directly for manufacturers including the likes of Isuzu and Toyota. The result is a beefed up, mud-friendly off-road truck that will out-do some of the most expensive SUVs for sale today.
Once you’ve completed your climb into the cabin of the D-Max, it’s just like any other modern truck. You have clean and pretty comfortable leather seats all around (with heated front seats for those chilly Arctic expeditions), an automatic 5-speed gearbox, and lots of rugged plastics and big buttons. It’s all still very utility but also nice enough for the family to pile into for that family trip to Centre Parcs – plus you have the added bonus of that enormous 148x153cm load bed behind you for bikes, bags, tents, the dog, a small 3-bedroom bungalow and your Nan.
Mod-cons also includes a 7″ Pioneer Sat Nav which supports Apple CarPlay, a surprisingly decent sound system and keyless entry with push-button stop/start. All of this is great but also expected in a truck these days, as you will get most of this as standard in just every SUV on the market. It’s the extra 55mm of ground clearance, Hill Descent Control and a 700mm wading depth that makes the AT35 stand out from the crowd…literally – this truck will go anywhere and everywhere.