Car Reviews | Isuzu Arctic 4X4 A/T Double Cab

Isuzu Arctic 4X4 A/T Double Cab

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The cold conqueror

Bakkies… oh how we love those in South Africa, so much so that they have become part of our culture. We all know that culture influences style and so it would be obvious that bakkies would eventually become a fashion statement. The Isuzu Artic is certainly that but don’t underestimate it- it’s much, much more than that. In actual fact, it’s the toughest D-Max ever produced, and it can almost do anything, from the most unforgiving labour to travelling the roughest terrain. This is all thanks to Isuzu’s collaboration with the Icelandic Arctic Trucks, who are renowned for their robust-and-ready vehicles.

The Concept

This forceful bakkie is ideal for the person who doesn’t accept no’s and who refuses to be limited. It is unique and will stand out in the parking lot with its large frame and dramatic embellishments, this is why it is also suited for the person who likes a few wondering gazes (there will certainly be a few of those with this bakkie) and also someone who needs a stubborn bakkie that won’t surrender. Its double cab status means that you can bring some friends or family along for the joyride.

The Look

Strong and shiny- that was my first thoughts when getting an eye full of the Arctic. The front is splattered in shiny chrome and the sheer size of this bakkies is sure to have even the burliest give a small gulp. It’s taller and wider than the D-Max! Massive 35-inch all terrain black alloy wheels assist the Isuzu in its intimidating appearance which is only further highlighted by flared wheel arches extensions. This enhances the Isuzu’s ground clearance to give you the edge on an off road experience. The stainless steel roll bar and roof rails not only enhances the presence of the vehicle, but it also hints at its utility capabilities. I like that fact that the front fog lights are styled with chrome, it polishes the fascia of the vehicle rather suiting. BI-LED headlights are enhanced with a manual levelling feature and Daytime Running while the rear features combination LED taillights.

The Feel

Isuzu has created a high-quality feel cabin and this is all thanks to good ole’ attention to detail, small and fancy features all come together to create a unified and superior sensation (which is even more impressive considering the vehicle’s utility status). This include ‘insignificant’ features like simple chrome on the door handles and niceties such as Illuminated Entry. The driver’s seat has a powered six way adjustment and they will also appreciate the Multi-Information Display (MID) and Dashboard Illumination Control. A leather wrapped steering wheel has tilt steering column adjustment and multifunctional controls for additional comfort for the pilot. Covered in leather, the front features two comfy bucket seats and the rear a 60:40 split bench to not only emphasize the high-grade of the inside but to also remind us of this bakkie’s workhorse nature.

The Features

The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity with Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Phone, USB port in the front and rear, auxiliary input as well as iPod linkage that allows you to play your favourite songs through eight speakers. In town it can be quite difficult to park such a large vehicle but it won’t be a problem as the Arctic has Park Distance Control (PDC) in the rear as well as a rear view camera. Cruise Control, automatic air conditioning, Climate Control, a Pollen Filter, Rear Heater Duct and electric windows all work hard together to provide the driver and passengers with a pleasant driving experience.

Driver’s assistance features include ABS, EBD, Brake-Assist System, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Hill-Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, and a Brake Override System. Airbags in the cabin of the Arctic include driver and passenger, front seat side and curtain while additional and advanced safety features include side impact protection bars, a collapsible steering Column and ISOFIX child seat anchorage. For further security, the Arctic has a Speed-Sensitive Door Lock, Remote-Controlled Central Locking, Passive Entry Start System (PESS), an anti-theft alarm system, Ultrasonic Alarm System and a Transponder Immobiliser System. 

The Drive

Powered by a reliable and hearty 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, the Arctic can generate 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque. That’s a lot of might and guarantees you that you will always reach your destinations, wherever they might be especially with additional assistance and protection from the shock absorbers, skid plate guard, engine sump guard and transfer case guard. The fuel consumption of the Arctic sits at an 8.6 litre per 100km which is excellent for this size and weight for a vehicle. It’s powered by a six speed automatic transmission to give a secured, confident road handling and the suspension, shocks and massive tyres work tirelessly to help you tackle South African roads and defies.

Where to find it

If this indestructible Isuzu has you interested, visit today to find out more about it!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler