Following the cancellation of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, Isuzu UK is hosting its very own virtual show – the Isuzu 3V Show. Vehicles and Videos, Virtually.

Recorded at Isuzu UK headquarters, the event gives viewers an insight into the company’s innovative approach to developing solutions that meet the demands of its customers, whether this is for lifestyle, leisure or commercial purposes.  It also demonstrates just how adaptable the D-Max platform can be as a base for conversions.

As the name suggests, Isuzu will present three vehicles that showcase an exciting selection of recent projects and new product offerings in the D-Max range.

First of all is the D-Max GO2, a special build project that has been customised to show just how easily a D-Max can be converted into an extreme off-roader.  It’s been developed to take on the most inhospitable terrain and has had some extensive work done using Isuzu accessories and other aftermarket parts.  This is the definition of a ‘go anywhere, do anything’ pick-up and should definitely give viewers some inspiration for what they can achieve in their own D-Max.

Next up will be the XTR Colour Edition.  Launched at last year’s CV Show, XTR is the most sophisticated and authentically capable pick-up in the D-Max range.  It was originally developed for off-road enthusiasts and drivers who want a vehicle to complement their lifestyle, so this year, Isuzu have enhanced it even further with the striking XTR Colour Edition.  XTR’s assertive styling has been given an extra twist with a colour coded body kit and green Isuzu badge to refresh the look.  Plus, it retains those fantastic off-road credentials that make it ‘Capable in the Extreme’.

Finally, for the more commercial customer, Isuzu has developed a tipper conversion based on the Utility Extended Cab.  It combines all the essential workhorse attributes of the D-Max Utility with the practicality of a durable and lightweight tipper body.  The tipper conversion really is a cost-effective solution for operators who require a tough and reliable tipper, with great off-road capabilities, and is another example of how Isuzu are always looking at ways they can diversify their product portfolio to meet the demands of their customers.

William Brown, Managing Director at Isuzu UK remarked: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Isuzu 3V Show to present our most recent projects.  We put a huge amount of effort into creating products that address the needs our customers and these three trucks showcase just how capable, practical and reliable the D-Max is in all environments.  The 3V Show is our first online event and we are very excited to engage and interact with customers in this way and to share with them the bespoke solutions that we can tailor to individual requirements”.

D-MAX UTILITY

Isuzu is truly living up to its ‘pick-up professionals’ tagline by offering tipper conversions on its award-winning D-Max pick-up.  Based on the Utility Extended Cab, the conversion is a cost-effective solution for customers who require a tough and reliable tipper, with great off-road capabilities.

The tipper conversion combines all the essential workhorse attributes of the D-Max Utility with the practicality of a durable and lightweight tipper body.

As it is based on the extended cab, the load bed is very accommodating measuring 1,977mm long by 1,800mm wide.  The rugged ‘Tippadeck’ bed is constructed using 18mm thick interlocking alloy floor panels and loads are kept secure thanks to 300mm high sideboards and tailboard, also made from lightweight alloy, and heavy-duty underfloor tie points.

The tailboard, which opens to 180°, features a 2-way hinge assembly – meaning it can be opened from both the top and bottom – and rubber buffer stops to protect the body. Meanwhile, the spring latches on the sideboards are recessed to avoid catching on objects and the corner posts are removable to provide an open platform – perfect for loading and unloading.

A wander lead control is used to activate the electro-hydraulic power pack that lifts the body.  The tipping gear and subframe have been fully galvanised to protect them from the elements and, once raised, there’s an integral body prop and hose burst safety valve to stop the body from falling unexpectedly.  For safety reasons, a dual-tone alarm is activated when the body is raised or lowered and, rubber moulded body rests have been added to prevent the tipper body clattering the frame while driving and distracting the driver.

Completing the tipper conversion, a powder-coated tubular gantry infilled with a protection panel has been fitted to shield the cab.  The Utility has a heated rear screen as standard so the protection panel, complete with Isuzu logo, has been finished with a laser cut square design to ensure clear visibility when reversing.

Developed with the working professional in mind, the Utility features a hard-wearing black front bumper, black door handles, heated black door mirrors and 16” steel wheels, which can be equipped with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres as a cost option if extra grip is required when going off-road.

The interior includes a wide range of practical specification including two 12-volt sockets, remote control central locking, an easy-cleanable vinyl floor covering and under seat base storage.  Plus, there are also a number of creature comforts like manual air-conditioning, power windows and an RDS radio with Bluetooth connectivity and USB port.

It is also packed with a wide range of safety equipment as standard like driver, passenger and curtain airbags. In addition, there is Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Trailer Sway Control, which complements the 3.5t towing capacity.

Aimed at a key Isuzu customer groups such as tree surgeons, landscape architects and construction companies, Isuzu anticipate a production volume of around 200 vehicles per year and expect to satisfy customers with short lead times of approximately four weeks.

Alan Able, Head of Sales at Isuzu UK commented: “The tipper conversion is just one example of how we’re continuously innovating with new ideas and solutions.  We’re always looking at how we can diversify our product portfolio and the tipper conversion demonstrates just how adaptable the D-Max can be in meeting the needs of our broad customer base”.

The tipper will be sold through the Isuzu dealer network as a used approved conversion and will therefore benefit from the same aftersales support, including a 5-year/125,000-mile warranty package and 5 years’ roadside assistance in the UK & Europe.

Further information on price and availability will be supplied when dealer showrooms re-open after lockdown.

D-MAX XTR COLOUR EDITION

The Isuzu D-Max XTR prototype was revealed at the CV Show 2019 and, since its launch last year, the distinctive XTR has become a successful model for Isuzu, forming part of its ‘Adventure’ range.   XTR was developed for off-road enthusiasts and drivers who want a vehicle to complement their lifestyle.  Essentially, it’s for people who want to stand out from the crowd, so this year, Isuzu have enhanced it even further with the striking XTR Colour Edition.

XTR is still the most sophisticated and authentically capable pick-up in the D-Max range but there’s now an extra twist with a colour coded body kit and green Isuzu badge to refresh the look.  These new changes have amplified XTR’s assertive styling but certainly don’t detract from its fantastic off-road capabilities.

The XTR body kit was custom designed for D-Max and is normally coated in a durable black Raptor finish.

Changing the XTR exterior quite dramatically, the paint finish has been upgraded on the XTR Colour Edition so that the front bumper guard, bonnet protector and headlight frames are colour-coded with the body to give an even more premium appearance.  The fog light surrounds and grille have remained black to contrast the body colour sections and to maintain some of that traditional XTR aggressive styling.  The vibrant green Isuzu front grille badge is a popular accessory on the original XTR but comes as standard on the Colour Edition.

The wheel arch extensions have also been colour coded but the lozenge shaped insert still repeats the flash of vibrant green that makes XTR immediately identifiable on the road.  As with the standard XTR, the Colour Edition is equipped with exclusive heavy-duty 17-inch alloy wheels.  These 6-spoke alloys in satin black feature a fluted, deep dish design and are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tyres.    Isuzu are the first manufacturer to adopt these All-Season tyres as standard and they are perfectly suited to the D-Max XTR because they benefit all types of driving conditions.  Quiet during on road driving, for day to day use, they are also capable on a variety of difficult off-road surfaces such as rocks, snow, mud, grass and sand.

XTR side steps have an angular bar framework which is designed to prevent rocks and stones damaging the bodywork.  It has a durable textured black finish which doesn’t show marks or scratches and provides extra grip to the step surface.  The steps have a lozenge shaped infill which acts as a drain point for mud, sand and snow.  Black door mirror covers and black door handles complement the steps on the XTR Colour Edition and tinted rear windows provide a dark aesthetic.

At the rear, the tailgate spoiler has been colour coded but you can still see the XTR logo from above.  The rear light surrounds are painted and the rear bumper also incorporates some body colour elements.  The step remains as the black material finish and the exhaust finisher inserts are also black for contrast.  When travelling behind the truck you will see more flashes of vibrant green, this time from the rear anti-roll bar and rear dampers.

The XTR Colour Edition’s sophisticated styling continues inside where XTR heated front sports seats are upholstered in leather, suede and carbon fibre leather with contrast green overstitching on the side bolsters.   Not only does this mixture of leather and suede create a luxury and comfortable feel, but the suede provides extra grip which works in conjunction with the side bolsters to keep the driver in position.

An XTR logo is embroidered on the back rest of each front seat and is repeated on the rear centre headrest.

A D-shaped sports steering wheel has been moulded for comfort and grip.  Trimmed in leather and suede with green overstitching, the steering wheel provides the same premium and sporty feel as the seats.  What is more, each bespoke XTR steering wheel is individually finished with green overstitching that is sewn on by hand.

The Isuzu D-Max is renowned for being tough, strong and reliable but the existing capability is taken to the next level on XTR as it is equipped with a bespoke Pedders suspension and brake system making it extremely comfortable on the road and capable in the extreme off-road.

Performance front brake discs have been designed for a consistent brake pedal feel, high wear resistance and better anti–corrosion protection.  They are also fully vented and slotted for improved heat dissipation and braking.  Kevlar ceramic front brake pads work in combination with the discs to give a much improved braking performance and stopping power.

Not only has the brake system been engineered specifically for XTR but the suspension is also a bespoke solution from Pedders.  Built to endure the harshest conditions, a front suspension upper arm and specially designed damper units help achieve a longer suspension articulation, giving impressive off-road performance.  In addition, suspension height is set higher than a standard D-Max meaning XTR benefits from a 250mm ground clearance with no compromise on vehicle handling and stability.

XTR is available in Splash White, Titanium Silver Met, Obsidian Grey Mica and Cosmic Black Mica.  This colour palette has been chosen to work with the vibrant green colour coding that is incorporated throughout the truck.  The Colour Editions will be available in all four colours but only a limited amount of each will be produced.

Further information on price and availability will be supplied when dealer showrooms re-open after lockdown.

GO2

The D-Max GO2 is a special build project that has been customised to show just how easily a D-Max can be converted into an extreme off-roader.  Isuzu have chosen a Utah manual in Splash White as the base truck but this is a used vehicle which has been converted post-registration.  It’s had some extensive work done and this has been built using Isuzu accessories and other aftermarket parts.

This special build is extreme in every sense of the word and has been designed to go on some gruelling off-road expeditions, which is why it’s been named GO2, because it can go to places other trucks can’t reach.

The front features all of the standard specification that you expect on a Utah with projector headlights and LED daytime running lights.  You can still just about see the body coloured front bumper but this has been extensively modified to fit the ARB Sahara bar. This heavy-duty front bumper will prevent damage to the vehicle and help push through branches and undergrowth when it’s off-road.  Plus, it provides a solid platform to mount the Britpart Pulling Power Winch.  If you are serious about off-roading then a winch is an essential piece of kit. They’re indispensable when getting yourself and others out of tricky situations and this one is particularly capable with a powerful rated line pull of over 4 tonnes.

Underneath, Isuzu have fitted a full underguard kit to protect the engine and transmission.  The fuel tank on a D-Max already has protection as standard but this underguard kit also includes a rear differential guard.  The Sahara bar covers over where the front fog lights would normally be on a Utah.  Fog lights aren’t really beneficial for off roading so as a replacement Isuzu have added a roof mounted Lazer Light bar that will definitely give a clear view of the track ahead.

Regardless of the conditions, a Safari snorkel will ensure that a constant source of cool, clean and dry air is available to the engine.  The snorkel relocates the air intake point from a standard position under the bonnet and moves it to a higher location which protects the engine from dust and water ingestion that can be experienced in an extreme environment.  It also increases the vehicle’s wading depth.

The conversion is based on a Utah so it’s equipped with roof bars as standard and has folding, heated, chrome door mirrors and chrome door handles.  The original side steps have been replaced with heavy duty side steps that feature a chequer plate design.  These side steps not only shield the truck from rocks and debris but are incredibly strong as they’re mounted to the chassis.  They also look great as the colour coding ties in with the white, black and chrome on the rest of the truck.

A Utah normally runs on 18” alloys but these have been upgraded as well with smaller 16” wheels and 33” General Grabber X3 Mud Terrain tyres.  The new wheels offer fantastic off-road capability and are enhanced further with a Pedders braking system.  At the front, there are heavy duty brakes with vented discs and part ceramic pads which reduces the stopping distance and increases the longevity.  There’s a slightly different proposition at the rear.  The standard rear drum brake has been replaced with a Pedders drum and disc brake combination.  This retains the advantage of having a drum handbrake, which is best for off-road environments, but upgrades the vehicle braking to vented disc brakes.

At the same time, a Pedders TrakRyder eXtreme suspension has been added; consisting of two front adjustable coilovers and two rear leaf springs combined with adjustable shock absorbers.  A Pedders TrakRyder front upper wishbone has been installed for greater front suspension articulation and a Pedders rear anti-roll bar has been fitted to help control body roll.  Plus, the truck has been raised for additional ground clearance – another distinct advantage for off roading.

The suspension on its own gives great performance off road but a lockable rear differential has also been incorporated for increased off-road assistance.   It locks both rear wheels together so they both turn at the same rate and this increased traction will definitely help get the D-Max GO2 out of any sticky situations.

There’s another heavy-duty bumper at the rear, this time with a rear step tow bar.  The rear parking sensors had to be disconnected to fit this but the Utah’s reversing camera, which is positioned in the tailgate handle, has been retained.  It’s actually a perfect position for this truck as it gives a clear view behind and is raised high enough to stay clean…in most situations!

The tailgate opens gently thanks to the spring-loaded hinges on the Pro-Lift tailgate assist.  This doesn’t just stop the tailgate from slamming down but also makes it very light to lift back up again.  A fully lockable and retractable Mountain Top roller cover has been fitted to the load bed.  This has multiple positions and can be operated with a pull strap.  Utah’s are fitted with a load liner as standard and the type fitted to GO2 is an under-rail liner to accommodate the Mountain Top roller cover.  Finally, there’s an aluminium bed drawer system with lockable storage compartments which is manufactured from the highest quality material, making it lightweight but still durable and strong.

There’s keyless entry to access the D-Max GO2 and then a push button start system.  The Utah comes with leather upholstery and electrically adjustable driver’s seat so heavy-duty seat covers have been fitted, front and rear, to help preserve the interior from mud and dirt.  Rubber trays have also been added to protect the floor and it comes with a leather steering wheel which is easy to clean.

All of this has been done to build an extreme off-roader but you still want to be comfortable which is why the Utah was chosen as a base vehicle.  It comes with automatic air conditioning, a 7″ multifunction colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™, Bluetooth® connectivity, DAB radio, eight speakers and front and rear USB ports so it’s going to be a relaxed drive through those green lanes.

Darren James, Group Resources Director at Isuzu UK commented: “This is a fantastic working example of just how easily the Isuzu D-Max can be adapted and transformed into a ‘do anything, go anywhere’ pick-up and should definitely give our customers some inspiration for what they can achieve in their own D-Max”.

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