New Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion price and spec

  • New Tippadeck Tipper conversion for the D-Max pickup
  • Based on Utility Extended Cab model – so plenty of load space
  • Alloy construction, lots of standard kit, modest £4k conversion cost

There's a new Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion for 2020. Based on the entry-level Utility trim level and the Extended Cab body, it promises good value and offers plenty of load space.

Isuzu also reckons it can deliver on the new conversion in just four weeks – a speedy turnaround for what is quite an extensive set of modifications to the base vehicle.

The new D-Max Tipper is one of three new pickup variants Isuzu had planned to unveil at the 2020 CV Show, which was due to take place in late April but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The others two are new Colour Edition models and a GO2 concept vehicle.

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Give us some Isuzu D-Max Tipper details

The tipper back is made by Tippadeck, and makes maximum use of the space available on the D-Max Extended Cab chassis.

Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion - rear view, tail board and side lowered, 2020

As such, it’s 1,977mm long, 1,800mm wide (sitting above the wheels means there’s no intrusion from the wheel arches) and the drop-down side panels are 300mm tall. The corner posts can be removed to make a totally flat platform, handy for loading.

The floor of the tipper back is made from 18mm thick interlocking alloy panels, while the tipper tailboard has a two-way hinge assembly, which means it can open from the top or the bottom.

There are tie points under the floor, the back of the cab is protected by a gridded tubular gantry, and all of the underlying tipping gear and subframe have been galvanised to prevent corrosion. Rubber mounts and buffers stop things banging together that shouldn’t.

Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion - tipper mechanism, 2020

The tipper mechanism is a one-way affair, and uses an electro-hydraulic power pack controlled via a wander lead – so you don’t have to be stood right next to the truck when operating it.

Further safety measures include an fixed prop for when the bed is raised, anti-burst valves should the hydraulics fail, and a dual-tone alarm to warn anyone nearby that the tipper is in motion.

How much can the D-Max Tipper carry?

We’ll get back to you on that – the information hasn’t been released, and may vary depending on model year.

We have asked, however, been told that it's expected to be 'around 1,000kg.'

Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion - rear view, 2020

Certainly, the tipper body is all lightweight alloy, so expect the final payload to be fairly generous, if not quite as high as the conventional D-Max.

What else is included?

The D-Max Utility is basic – so you get a black plastic front bumper, door handles and door mirrors. But the mirrors are heated, and you get air-conditioning as standard, in addition to Bluetooth, twin 12v sockets in the cab and electric windows.

There’s also four airbags, hill-start assist, hill descent control and trailer sway control. As with other D-Max models, the Tipper will tow 3.5 tonnes (though not with a full payload).

Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion - cab interior, 2020

The interior has an easy to clean vinyl floor – ideal for site work – plus you get central locking and under-seat storage. The Extended Cab body has rear seats, but these are intended for occasional use, rather than long-distance.

The 16-inch steel wheels can be fitted with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres at extra cost if you’re regularly in low grip environments.

Who is the D-Max Tipper aimed at?

Isuzu is hoping the new Tipper conversion will appeal to likes of tree surgeons, landscape architects, gardeners and construction companies – customers it already attracts, given the robust and hardworking nature of the D-Max.

How much does the Isuzu D-Max Tipper cost, and how can I buy one?

The D-Max Tipper conversion is priced at a reasonable-seeming £3,995 (excluding VAT) - plus the cost of the D-Max that it's based on.

Isuzu D-Max Tipper conversion - front view, 2020

It will be sold through the Isuzu dealer network as a ‘used approved conversion’, which means you buy the truck, it gets registered and then it goes for conversion.

Because it’s approved, it will still be covered by the full Isuzu five-year / 125,000-mile warranty and roadside assistance package.

Isuzu plans to build around 200 examples a year.

Also read:

>> Isuzu D-Max XTR Colour Edition official details

>> Isuzu D-Max full review

>> The Parkers pickup group test

>> New pickups coming soon

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