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Company dreams big.

M ake no mistake, this beast is a monster and everything about it is big.

You just have to look at its massive 35-inch tyres from Finnish company Nokian, sitting on 17-inch black alloy wheels with enormous mudflaps, to see that it means business.

Arctic Trucks is an independent company that builds extreme offroad conversions of pickup trucks and 4x4s.

It provides customer upgrades to the Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser, but the Isuzu D-Max is their only conversion that's offered directly by a manufacturer in the UK.

The Isuzu is a perfect base for the machine and it's certainly uniquely designed for serious offroading but that means it's less practical for everyday use around town.

The hugely flared wheelarches make it more than a foot wider than the standard D-Max and the enormous tyres and raised ride height mean it's quite a challenge to make the leap into the cabin, which is where the extended sidesteps are essential.

The 1.9-litre diesel engine is a superb unit but it's quite noisy and takes a bit of time to get into its stride on the open road.

But on the rough stuff it's excellent, putting the power exactly where it's needed, helped by the big, nobbly tyres which dig into any surface with confidence.

It's a real workhorse, capable of carrying more than one tonne of cargo in the loadspace and towing three-and-a-half-tonnes.

The double cab interior is spacious with a good range of equipment including leather seats, satnav and DAB 8-speaker radio, and the roof-mounted Lazer lights - a PS1,000 option on the test vehicle - will see you through the darkest night.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2019
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