The Russian Arctic Trucks division has revealed a new tuning package for the Isuzu MU-X. The tuner already offers the Isuzu D-Max AT35 pickup truck in various markets, so it’s time for its SUV variant to get the same treatment. The Isuzu MU-X was introduced in 2020 as a rival to the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner – all based on pickup trucks. As such, this is an already capable ladder-frame SUV, but those serious about off-road will certainly find use in the modifications offered by Arctic Trucks.
The highlight is the massive 35-inch (315/70 R17) A/T tires that turn the MU-X into a real big fish ready to explore the wilds. To accommodate the wider wheels, the MU-X features front and rear fender extensions that blend in with the rest of the body.
Other visual changes include a body-colored snorkel, fenders, skids and an electric winch that can tow up to 5.6 tonnes. New tires combined with a revised heavy-duty suspension have increased ground clearance to 278mm (10.9 in) compared to the standard 235mm (9.3 in), giving drivers more confidence and improving cornering on the road. Specifically, the approach angle is 36.2 degrees instead of 29.2 degrees, while the departure angle is 30.9 degrees instead of 26.9 degrees.
Under the hood is a 3.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 187 PS (140 kW / 190 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque as in the stock MU-X. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission as the manual transmission is only available in combination with the smaller 1.9-liter diesel. Kits are already available to order, with the conversion taking 20 days to apply the new parts and receive all required certifications.