Isuzu D-Max Concept X unveiled: the monster pick-up that looks like a ‘Transformer’

August 18th, 2018

From Australia news.com: ANOTHER week, another super ute. But there is one thing that sets this version apart from the others.

ISUZU has unveiled a monster truck that towers over other super utes such as the Ford Ranger Raptor and HSV Colorado SportsCat, but there is just one catch: it’s not coming to showrooms anytime soon.

The D-Max Concept X is a flight of fancy to show what the brand’s ute is capable of once it is modified wildly and fitted with massive 38-inch mud terrain tyres and the suspension is given a seven-inch lift.

Unfortunately such a beast wouldn’t be legal on Australian roads because it’s too wide to fit into a lane.

You may also have a hard time fitting the D-Max Concept X into a shopping centre car park given that it is more than 2 metres high.

At 5.5-metres long it would also be a b*****r to park.

The monster ute — paired with a high riding version of the Isuzu M-UX family seven-seater four-wheel-drive — was unveiled at the National 4x4 Outdoors Show in Melbourne today.

The Isuzu D-Max precision driving team was behind the concept.

“We saw a set of gigantic tyres on the Toyo stand one day and our boss joked about putting them on his company car,” said lead driver Jack Monkhouse.

Wayne Boatwright, Team D-MAX director said the project then “got a bit out of control”.

“We didn’t set out to build a racer or pre-runner or rock crawler,” said Boatwright.

“It would have been easy to bolt on many accessories but we wanted to go our own way. Most of the build (including) the guards, bull bars, bonnet, brakes, suspension and chassis modifications are all in-house custom work.”

Although the Isuzu 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine didn’t get a power bump, the result is a ute that could “almost look at home in the next ‘Transformer’ movie … the kind of car that every child dreams about”.

The Isuzu concept vehicles will appear at country shows around Australia over the next 12 months.

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