What is it?
One of the most extreme pick-ups we’ve ever tested. Based on the best-selling Isuzu D-Max, the AT35 is the result of a technical collaboration between off-road specialists Arctic Trucks and Isuzu UK.
If the former enterprise sounds familiar, it’s perhaps because you’ve seen the company’s work. Responsible for preparing the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck in which Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove to the North Pole, Arctic Trucks is known the world over for producing some of the toughest off-road vehicles in existence.
As part of the first official collaboration between Arctic Trucks and a mainstream manufacturer, the Icelandic specialists set about transforming the basic D-Max from utilitarian workhorse to continent-crushing off-roader. This was done through making a raft of significant chassis changes to the standard truck. These include, but are not limited to, specialist 35in Nokian Rotiiva AT off-road tyres, 17x10inch alloy wheels, Fox Performance Series dampers and flared wheel arches.
Arctic Trucks has its own supply of D-Max stock it can convert, or you can bring your own Isuzu (or Toyota, Jeep etc) in for conversion - although the latter at considerably more cost. On the subject of cost, well, we're not really sure what it is. We're told every AT truck is different, and it'd be impossible to give a firm price. Mysterious…
The AT35 certainly looks like a well-developed package, though, and with the Land Rover Defender recently going out of production, demand for capable off-roaders is potentially set to soar. But you have to ask: does a vehicle with such off-road-focused enhancements have the all-round usability to appeal to buyers in the fast-growing lifestyle pick-up truck market?