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Like the small Raptor, we won't get this arctic-ready truck here in the States.

Pickup trucks continue to dominate auto sales in the US and are a staple of American car culture. Despite this, there are plenty of trucks you can't buy in here like the Toyota Hilux, renowned for being one of the toughest trucks in the world. After it survived Top Gear's famous torture test, the Hilux was deemed indestructible. In the US, the closest equivalent to the Hilux is the Toyota Tacoma.

Earlier this year, Toyota teamed up with Arctic Trucks to create the hardcore Hilux AT35. Now Isuzu has collaborated with Arctic Trucks to create a new version of the D-Max pickup. If you hadn't guessed already, America won't be getting this awesome arctic-ready truck. Instead, it will go on sale next spring in Europe, where it will take on the Ford Ranger Raptor. Before then, Isuzu has presented a pre-production version at the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show.

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Designed to "handle challenging landscapes," the new D-Max D35 benefits from a strengthened chassis, Bilstein Performance Suspension and an all-terrain wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires that will enable it to go virtually anywhere. According to Isuzu, these upgrades "offer confidence when driving off-road while the AT35 drives with a great deal of comfort and control."

Inside, the new D-Max D35 is distinguished by Arctic Truck-branded headrests, floor mats, and sill covers. While the exterior looks extremely rugged, the interior is comfortable, luxurious, and high-tech, with standard amenities including a 9-inch screen with Android Auto and Apply CarPlay, dual-zone climate control and an eight-speaker sound system.

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Other on-board convenience features include a rear camera, parking sensors and Arctic Trucks side steps. Powertrain details are being kept under wraps, but the current D-Max D35 is powered by a 1.9-liter four-cylinder diesel producing 164 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.

"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," said William Brown, Isuzu UK's Managing Director. "We wanted to build upon the D-Max's strengths to make a highly desirable and highly competent 4x4 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."

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