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Isuzu’s much-her­alded new Arc­tic pickup has ar­rived at their sole North­ern Ire­land Arc­tic dealer, John Barr Cars in Crum­lin and looks set to re­write the rule book when it comes to hav­ing pres­ence and at­ti­tude on the road.

This mas­sive beast of a ve­hi­cle tow­ers above ev­ery­thing else in the pick-up mar­ket and Arc­tic driv­ers look down on Range Rovers in traf­fic.

The stan­dard D-max body — it­self no shrink­ing vi­o­let — has been raised on chas­sis spac­ers, with mas­sive 35” rim tyres sit­ting astride 10” wide rims. Widened wheel arches and for­ward chas­sis leg cut­aways com­plete the looks with­out com­pro­mis­ing the turn­ing cir­cle and steer­ing lock. A mas­sive anti-sub­ma­rine tow­bar is stan­dard, and the ve­hi­cle comes in 2.5 litre twin turbo pulling six man­ual gears or a five speed auto. The war­ranty re­mains Isuzu’s ex­cel­lent 125,000 miles/five year pack­age and tow­ing ca­pac­ity is the D-max’s class-lead­ing 3.5 tonnes.

This is one mean truck, in­side it shows its softer side with a full be­spoke black leather upholstery pack­age front and rear, with twin set­tings on the front heated seat con­trols.

Air-con­di­tion­ing is stan­dard, as is cruise, Blue­tooth, all elec­tric win­dows and switch on the fly 2WD to AWD with Hi and Lo ra­tios. D-max means busi­ness, the wide tread of the Arc­tic means a light off-road foot­print will see it con­quer North­ern Ire­land’s farm­ing lands with ease and in­deed the ve­hi­cle is avail­able on the UFU Mem­bers’ Affin­ity pro­gramme from launch.

The tow bar takes a plethora of hitches to suit most needs and will ac­com­mo­date winches and other PTO tool­ing. The Euro pal­let swal­low­ing rear can carry a range of canopies as well as a neat slid­ing load tray. The best of the ac­ces­sories on of­fer in­cludes Isuzu’s ‘Vi­sion Pack’ which cou­ples Euromap Sat­nav with a neat re­verse cam­era that sits im­me­di­ately above the tow­ball for easy one-man trailer hitch­ing. Dig­i­tal light­ing op­tions, sports bar and un­der-guard trays are avail­able for a be­spoke owner ex­pe­ri­ence.

Only ac­ces­sories miss­ing are a lad­der for the al­ti­tu­di­nally chal­lenged to ac­cess the awe­somely high driver cab and a mon­ster in­te­rior mir­ror to cap­ture the driver’s grin as he en­joys ev­ery stun­ning mile of own­er­ship.

It’s a Hum­mer pick-up, a Chief­tain tank for the ur­ban com­mute, a street-le­gal mis­sile launch towtruck. Un­der cover of to­tal dark­ness Arc­tic is not go­ing to sneak into town un­no­ticed. It’s not loud money — nor is it for shy re­tir­ing types.

Build quan­tity is four-to-six a week for the en­tire UK mar­ket so buy­ers are guar­an­teed ex­clu­siv­ity and stel­lar resid­u­als. Arc­tic is surely go­ing to re­write the rule book, its sta­ble­mate D-max is al­ready firmly estab­lished as the No.1 best seller in North­ern Ire­land and Arc­tic will fur­ther strengthen Isuzu’s wor­thy dom­i­nance of the sec­tor.

There’s al­ready a lead time of eight weeks so best get to John Barr Cars Crum­lin quickly, and place your or­der.

This win­ter, those driv­ers lucky enough to be in the Arc­tic are go­ing to have a warm in­ner glow!

The new Isuzu Arc­tic is ex­pected to be a big seller for John Barr (above)

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