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ISUZU D-MAX ARCTIC TRUCKS AT35 PRE-PRODUCTION MODEL BREAKS COVER AT THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW

Birmingham – 31st August 2021 – Isuzu UK are proud to display the All-New D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 pre-production model vehicle at the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show. The pick-up professionals will be launching this striking addition to their range in Spring 2022, so this really is an exclusive preview. As before the AT35 is an exclusive, robust, serious 4×4 model for off-road enthusiast. The planned official on sale date for this stunning new model is Monday the 14th of February 2022 as customers will fall in love with the 4×4 capabilities of AT35.

Arctic Trucks have years of experience in re-engineering four-wheel drives to create reliable, good quality and durable vehicles. Whether for lifestyle or professional purposes, Arctic Trucks vehicles conquer environments others simply do not account for, enabling owners and operators worldwide to safely, efficiently, and successfully “Explore Without Limits”.

The collaboration between Isuzu UK and Arctic Trucks builds on the award winning All-New D-Max with advanced technology that has been especially developed to handle challenging landscapes. A strengthened chassis, Bilstein Performance Suspension and an All-Terrain Wheel and 35” Tyre Package offer confidence when driving off-road while the AT35 drives with a great deal of comfort and control.

The AT35 is a luxurious but extremely competent 4×4 pick-up. Refined amenities such as the Bespoke Arctic Truck Branded Headrests, Arctic Trucks Floor Mats, branded sill covers, and Leather Interior provide comfort in this resilient vehicle. With high-tech features like Traffic Sign Recognition, Automatic Windscreen Wipers and Emergency Lane Keeping, the AT35 also has impressive features to allow for an enjoyable driving experience. This includes a 9” Multifunction Touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity that can sync with Android Auto and Apply CarPlay. The truck also has a HDMI port, Dual Zone Climate Control and eight speakers with a Subwoofer.

 

As well as peak levels of comfort and luxury, the AT35 also comes with convenient features such as a rear camera, parking sensors and Arctic Trucks Side Steps. An elevated driving position, enhanced suspension and wider tyres come together to keep drivers safe while providing great off-road performance. After scoring the highest achievable score in the tough new Euro NCAP Safety Tests, the All-New Isuzu D-Max AT35 has a range of Advanced Driver Assist Systems such as Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Breaking to keep drivers safe.

The All-New D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 takes capability to the next level, this vehicle stands out, and stands above the rest. The array of new practical and stylish features, every part of this vehicle ensures anywhere is possible.

William Brown, Isuzu UK’s Managing Director, commented:
“It is a pleasure to work with Arctic Trucks on this prototype in advance of the launch of our new AT35. Following the success of the all-new D-Max launch in 2021, it feels very exciting to be launching another new vehicle in 2022. We wanted to build upon the D-Max’s strengths to make a highly desirable and highly competent 4×4 pick-up and we are so pleased with the result. Through using Arctic Trucks’ impressive expertise alongside the D-Max’s impressive abilities the AT35 is truly an outstanding truck.”

Peter Smith, Arctic Trucks UK Managing Director, said
“Our partnership with Isuzu now stretches back years. During that time, we have had several versions of the Isuzu D-Max AT35 however this is the best yet. Being based on the award winning, all-new D-Max with the addition of Arctic Trucks specialist engineering has produced this amazing truck! I am excited for when this highly desirable and outstanding AT35 goes on sale, we are expecting a huge amount of interest from its appearance at the CV Show.”

All elements of each D-Max AT35 build are undertaken by Isuzu and Arctic Trucks technicians to ensure showroom quality, adherence to all relevant vehicle type approvals and full-alignment with Isuzu’s 5-year / 125,000-mile warranty.

For more information on the Isuzu D-Max range please visit www.Isuzu.co.uk for details of your local dealership.

TOYOTA HILUX ARCTIC TRUCKS AT35… THE LEGEND, REBORN

For three decades the legendary Toyota Hilux has been the backbone of Arctic Trucks’ operations, setting an unrivalled benchmark for quality, durability and reliability in the most remote and inhospitable environments on our planet. As the world’s leading polar vehicle operator, Toyota Authorised Converter Arctic Trucks have built an unparalleled level of expertise in the re-engineering of four-wheel drive vehicles to conquer earth’s extremes, travelling over 340,000kms on Antarctica’s high plateau alone, and continuing to set multiple world records and firsts in the process. These include the first vehicles to reach the Magnetic North Pole, furthest expedition in Polar history, first expedition to cross all 7 continents, first Antarctic crossing by passenger vehicle and the fastest overland journey to the South Pole. Whether for lifestyle or professional purposes, Arctic Trucks Toyotas conquer environments others simply do not account for, enabling owners and operators worldwide to safely, efficiently and successfully “Explore Without Limits”.

Developed from decades of direct operational experience in the world’s harshest and most challenging environments, the new and improved Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks AT35 is a professionally re-engineered high mobility vehicle, each one individually crafted by Arctic Trucks technicians to incorporate significant enhancements to body, frame, drivetrain, suspension, wheels and tyres. The new 204hp 2.8-litre diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission and interior/exterior updates are carried over from the standard Hilux Invincible X, making this most refined Arctic Trucks Hilux yet to be offered through the Toyota retailer network. Building on the renowned quality, durability and reliability of the Hilux platform, the ‘cool and capable’ AT35 version is especially developed to handle challenging landscapes with ease, while offering an outstanding presence and authentic performance that is noticed everywhere, whether on or off-road. In combination with Arctic Trucks adjustment, strengthening and reprofiling of the chassis and bodywork, and re-gearing of the front and rear differentials, the specially-developed Arctic Trucks Bilstein performance suspension system, extended rear shackles, and enlarged all-terrain wheel and BFGoodrich tyre package enable far greater ground clearance, articulation, approach, departure and breakover angles.

As a result, the newly updated Hilux AT35 delivers a finely tuned balance of confidence-inspiring on-road handling and dramatically enhanced clearance, comfort, control and mobility over all terrains. The signature Arctic Trucks extended fender flares create additional clearance and amplify the vehicle‘s raised stance, while conveying a dramatic sense of style and purpose. This is complemented by premium Arctic Trucks and AT35 detailing throughout, along with durable extended profile Arctic Trucks side steps, mud guards, car mats and a versatile 2” rear multifunction receiver hitch, enabling quick and easy fitment of tow balls, winches, rear steps, gear carriers and more. All elements of each Hilux AT35 build are undertaken in Arctic Trucks’ own Toyota-approved facilities to original manufacturer standards, maintaining Toyota’s 5-year / 100,000-mile warranty. The model is fully type approved and retains commercial vehicle status, with no compromise in payload or towing capacity.

SPECIFICATION

Each Toyota Hilux AT35 is built to the following specification (additional accessories available):

  • Extended Arctic Trucks fender flare package, front and rear (body colour), featuring recessed AT tyre pressure detail
  • Arctic Trucks re-engineering to frame, inner arches and bodywork
  • Rugged 17×10 ET-25 Arctic Trucks alloy wheels (matte black or hyper dark)
  • 35” (LT315/70 R17) BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres
  • Optimised and elevated Arctic Trucks Bilstein performance suspension system featuring front springs/dampers, anti-roll adjustment and rear dampers, with extended Arctic Trucks shackles (elevation: +40mm front / +20mm rear)
  • Upgraded front and rear differentials, for enhanced torque and drivability
  • Speedometer re-calibration
  • Robust extended profile Arctic Trucks side steps
  • Enlarged and strengthened Arctic Trucks mud guards, front and rear
  • Arctic Trucks rear height bar with integrated 2” multifunction receiver hitch
  • Arctic Trucks / AT35 badging and detailing package (doors, side steps, tailgate, wheel centres, mud guards, receiver cover)
  • Arctic Trucks premium car mats, front and rear (anthracite and grey)
  • Arctic Trucks locking wheel nuts
  • Arctic Trucks torque wrench
  • Arctic Trucks user manual
  • Arctic Trucks certificate of authenticity and 30th anniversary decal

OPTIONS

A range of fully fitted Arctic Trucks options is also available, including full underbody armour, Vision X grille-mounted light bar and a range of Mountain Top tonneau covers, sports bars and accessories. The tyre specification can be upgraded to BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tyres and an on-board inflation/deflation kit can be installed, with a 12V performance compressor mounted in the engine bay.

The Hilux AT35 conversion can be ordered from Toyota retailers now for new Invincible X DC Auto, priced at £18,780 plus VAT.

Contact Carrim Bundhun on +44(0)7884 436 331 / carrim.bundhun@arctictrucks.com to be introduced to your local dealership.

Reaching The Pole of Inaccessibility – 82°06′S 54°58′Ø

An expedition by Arctic Trucks reached the Pole of Innaccessibility, which holds the record of being the coldest average temperature on earth, -58.2C. The expedition was lead by Hlynur Sigurðsson and Eiður Smári Valsson from Arctic Trucks along with three other companions from Russia. This is a big expedition which aims to be the first in the world to cross Antarctica between Ronne Iceschelf and Nivilisen Iceshelf via South Pole. The POI is put in extra as an extra achievement. Overall the expedition started in Punta Arenas in Chile South America the 3rd January and planned to end in Cape Town South Africa 21st of January.

Arctic Trucks has once before achived reaching Pole of Innaccessibility, this was in January 2011 – photo Gísli Jónsson and Guðmundur Guðjónsson.

The expedition route, starting from Union Glacier on 3rd January, driving to the Ronne Iceshelf and then to South Pole. From South Pole to FD83 around the Clean Air Zone (CZ). From reaching the Point of Inaccessbility (POI), they will drive back to FD83 and continue to Novo and Nivlisen Iceshelf and formally complete this crossing of Antarctica

The story behind this pole says that during the cold war, with the US “occupying” the South Pole, Russia was missing their own important “Pole” so they had their Geologists research what point in Antarctica was the hardest to reach, this being furthest from the sea.

They named this Pole Of Inaccessibility and made a big expedition there ending in 1958 leaving behind a small research station. They came back in 1967 but since then it has not been in use. Now the station has been covered by snow but the statue of Lenin facing Moscow is still visible on the top. Very few people have ever been there since.

This place has the record of holding the lowest average temperature on earth or -58.2C

(FD83 is area for Fuel Drop at 83 degrees, an area where fuel is dropped down in parachutes for servicing flights going between South Pole and Novo).

(The Team!)

The 6×6 AT vehicles have been fitted with the new AT/Nokian 44 inch tyres. This particular car has been driven thousands of km in Antarctica both for science and adventure purpose. Before this season it has crossed Antarctica between Ronne and Ross Iceshelfs with stop at South Pole 10 times.