New Isuzu D-Max tipper conversion announced for 2020


Owners and buyers of the Isuzu D-Max Utility Extended Cab pick-up will soon be able to order a tipper truck conversion, the Japanese company has announced.

The package replaces the pick-up load area with a new load bed measuring 1,977mm long and 1,800mm wide. The bed is constructed from 18mm-thick interlocking alloy panels, while the sideboards are 300mm high. Isuzu says loads are easy to secure thanks to “heavy-duty underfloor tie points.”

At the back, the tailboard opens to 180 degrees and is double-hinged, meaning it can be opened from the top of the bottom. Alternatively, removable corner posts mean it can be removed altogether to make it easy to load goods and materials.

The hydraulic mechanism that lifts the tipper is operated using a lead control. According to the manufacturer, the gear has been reinforced so it can withstand the elements, while a hose burst safety valve prevents the body from falling suddenly.

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Other enhancements include rubber body rests to ensure the body doesn’t cause excessive noise and vibration while driving, while a gantry is installed to protect the cabin and its occupants.

Inside there are various mod cons in the shape of air conditioning, an easy-clean vinyl floor, under-seat storage, heated mirrors, electrically-operated windows and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s a USB port and a pair of 12-volt sockets, too.

The tipper rides on 16-inch steel wheels, with Goodrich All-Terrain tyres – designed to make the most of the vehicle’s off-road ability – available optionally. Various driver aids are included, such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and Trailer Sway Control.

Sold as a used approved conversion, the tipper is aimed at tree surgeons, landscape architects and construction companies. In standard pick-up form, the Isuzu D-Max features a 162bhp diesel engine that produces 360Nm of torque. The four-wheel drive pick-up has a maximum payload of 1,161kg, with a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. On paper, it can achieve 40.4mpg unladen.

Isuzu says it has capacity for around 200 conversions per year, with lead times of around four weeks. Prices will be confirmed after the government-enforced lockdown restrictions allow dealerships to re-open, although the company says the package will come with a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty. Five years of roadside assistance across Europe is also included.

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