LONDON – When it involves modified bakkies constructed to overcome absolutely anything, Arctic Trucks requires no introduction. The outfit has been creating expedition-ready autos with huge tyres and off-road suspensions for 3 a long time now and it’s maybe greatest recognized for making a Hilux that grew to become the primary automobile to succeed in the Magnetic North Pole.
Now the customized truck builder has unveiled a brand new model of its AT35 Hilux, which relies on the lately facelifted Hilux. Featuring intensive chassis and design upgrades, the brand new AT35 has gone on sale in Europe.
The revised AT35 relies on the European-spec Hilux Invincible X 2.8 double cab, which has related styling to South Africa’s Legend fashions.
The automobile good points many new and up to date options, together with adjustments that enhance its working floor clearance by 65mm and its method and departure angles by 9 and three levels respectively.
This isn’t any abnormal double cab Hilux – Arctic Trucks re-engineered the automobile’s body, internal arches and bodywork, and rounded it off with 17-inch Arctic Trucks alloys with 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain tyres.
Furthermore, the Arctic Trucks Bilstein efficiency suspension system, that includes entrance springs and dampers, anti-roll bar adjustment and rear dampers with prolonged shackles, has been up to date, producing an additional 40mm of entrance and 20mm of rear suspension raise. Torque and drivability are additionally optimised by way of the re-gearing of the entrance and rear differentials.
But what actually makes it stand out to passersby is the signature flare package deal for the entrance and rear wings, in addition to its extended-profile aspect steps, AT35 badging and a thirtieth anniversary decal.
The upgraded AT35 is now extra sensible within the tough too, because of a rear top bar with an built-in two-inch receiver hitch for fast and simple deployment of tow balls, winches, steps, gear carriers and different equipment.
Talking equipment, Arctic Trucks additionally affords a variety of choices, together with full underbody armour, Vision X grille-mounted gentle bar and Truxedo low-profile load cover. The tyre specification will be upgraded to BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tyres and an on-board inflation/deflation package will be put in, with a 12V efficiency compressor mounted within the engine bay.
There aren’t any efficiency upgrades to talk of right here, however being primarily based on the facelifted Hilux it does profit from the current upgrades that Toyota made to its 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel engine, which now produces 150kW and 500N.
The AT36 conversion is priced at £18 780 plus VAT within the UK, which equated to round R385 000 on the time of writing. Because this can be a Toyota-approved conversion, the automobile additionally retains its manufacturing facility guarantee.
Toyota South Africa Motors says it might’t touch upon whether or not the AT35 will ever turn out to be out there regionally because the company not has any formal hyperlink with Arctic Trucks.