Isuzu and Iceland’s Arctic Trucks Collaborate on the Awesome D-Max AT35

Unfortunately you can only buy it in the UK.

Isuzu D-Max

Unless you’ve been to Iceland, where spectacular Land Rover Defenders and Ford F-150s roar through Reykjavic on 35- and 44-inch tires, you probably only know Arctic Trucks from Top Gear. Way back before the world’s favorite car show became a BBC and Amazon soap opera, Clarkson, Hammond, and May put together the “Polar Special” episode about trying to reach to the North Pole. Hammond drove a team of huskies. Clarkson and May drove an Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux. Hammond is the only one who didn’t make it to the Pole.

In a few months UK buyers will be able to hit their local Isuzu dealers to order a D-Max pickup prepped by the Icelandic expedition experts. Looking just as awesome as that Polar Special steed, the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 gets new Fox Performance Series shocks with a five-inch lift, and 35-inch all-terrain Nokian Rotiiva AT tyres on 17-inch wheels underneath fender flares that would look at home on a Halo Warthog. The stock engine stays up front, a 2.5-liter diesel with 161 horsepower and 292 pound-feet, working through either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and the pickup is available in extra cab and double cab configurations. None of the bread-and-butter load specs are affected – payload is still 2,200 pounds, tow rating holds steady at 7,700 pounds. But ground clearance gets jacked up to 11.4 inches, approach angle climbs to 36 degrees, and rampover is 32 degrees.


Said to be “capable of tackling the harsh Icelandic terrain or the steep slate slopes of Wales,” the D-Max AT35 represents the first time English citizens have been able to purchase an Arctic Trucks vehicle directly from a mainstream dealer network. Pricing starts at £30,995 before you add more Arctic Trucks goodies. That's about $45,200 US, or $5,000 less than a 2015 Ford Raptor. The Raptor’s an awesome truck. But the D-Max AT35 is a necessary truck. And it can handle Wales!


The obvious question, then, is: why can’t we buy this from a dealer? Somebody important needs to make this happen, í gær. Which is Icelandic for “yesterday.”