This is the new Toyota Hilux AT35. It’s the latest in a long line of modified all-terrain vehicles from Arctic Trucks – and Toyota says the engineering firm’s chassis and powertrain improvements have made it the most powerful version of the Hilux to date.
The AT35 package is available to order now at a price of £ 18,780 plus VAT. However, the upgrade can only be offered on the top of the line Hilux Invincible X Double Cab with automatic transmission – so if you want the package on a new Hilux, you’ll have to pay a total of £ 63,000 for it.
The chassis optimizations compared to the standard Toyota Hilux include adjustable stabilizers, performance-enhanced Bilstein dampers and new suspension springs. The front and rear axle differentials of the pick-up also have a new gear ratio to make driving off-road easier.
Arctic Trucks also massaged the body and frame of the Hilux to make room for some new 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in chunky 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires. All these optimizations have given the Hilux an additional ground clearance of 65 mm and at the same time improved its approach and take-off angle by nine or three degrees.
However, it’s not all go and no show. Arctic Trucks has made a few cosmetic tweaks, adding wider side steps, some unique badges, and wider wheel arches to cover the new wheels. There’s also a new rear bumper with a 2-inch receiver hitch that can quickly accommodate attachments like tow balls, winches and steps.
Since it is based on the Invincible X variant, the Hilux AT35 also has an eight-inch infotainment system, perforated leather upholstery, ambient lighting and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat as standard. Buyers also get the standard pickup’s upgraded JBL stereo, which includes a 224mm subwoofer and an 800W amplifier.
Toyota and Arctic Trucks offer some optional extras for the AT35, such as a complete underrun protection, a light bar mounted on the radiator grille and a Truxedo loading area cover. The pick-up’s tires can be swapped out for BFGoodrich KM3 mud-off-road alternatives – and the pair can also supply an on-board inflate / deflate kit with a 12-volt compressor mounted in the engine compartment.
The Hilux AT35 is powered by the same turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine as the recently updated standard pick-up. It has an output of 201 hp and a torque of 500 Nm – and thus retains the same trailer load of 3.5 tons as the standard pick-up.
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