It’s a beauty and a beast at the same time

Remember the name ‘Arctic Trucks’? They are the same folks whose claim-to-fame was when Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove a customized Toyota Hilux at the North Pole. This company is back in news and this time for working on the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck. Arctic Trucks calls is the ‘Icelandic-spec’ version of the VW Amarok.

What Makes the Volkswagen Amarok by Arctic Trucks Special?

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Although remembered for working on the Toyota Hilux for Top Gear, Arctic Trucks has also worked on many pick-up trucks in the U.K. and also helped Isuzu launch the D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. The company has applied its know-how to Nissan Navara as well. This time, it has designed a new one-off Volkswagen Amarok for arctic exploring that even has a cappuccino machine on board! Called the Amarok AT35, the truck retains the same 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel engine that develops 221 ponies. The suspension has been lifted by 25 millimeters in the front as well as the rear, and the truck has new flared wheel arches to accommodate the bigger 315/70R17 all-terrain tires. There are, of course, extra large Arctic Trucks mud flaps.

The Arctic Trucks Amarok AT35 achieves the same 45-degree climbing ability and a payload capacity of 2,544 pounds.

It also features Hill Descent Assist and has the widest load platform in its class. On the inside, the truck offers a fire extinguisher, a portable generator, VHF radio, toolbox, jack, and if things get a little too extreme, a first aid kit with a defibrillator.

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Nick Axtell, specialist sales manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said, "The Volkswagen Amarok has been a massive hit since its introduction, and we’re delighted to see it proving its worth in some of the toughest conditions in the world. For British drivers, the standard Amarok will be able to cope with everything winter has to throw at it."

He further added, “Back in the UK, the ability of our van centers to convert vehicles through recognized partners remains one of our unique selling points. It doesn’t matter whether that’s fitting racking for a plumber, refrigerators for a supermarket chain or something altogether more extreme like the AT35 – we are always committed to working with you.”

Final Thoughts

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While the company says it’s just a one-off truck for now, there are chances it could be available as an optional package if there is a demand for the Icelandic-spec Amarok.

We are not sure if the truck will make it to the U.S., but it would be quite cool if it did. Who would mind an arctic-conditions-spec’d truck on the U.S. market? Well, we wouldn’t! What are your thoughts on the Arctic Trucks Amarok AT35? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

2018 Volkswagen Amarok High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok.

2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design.

ONE-OFF CONVERTED VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK PICKS UP ARCTIC ROLE

First-ever Icelandic-spec Volkswagen Amarok conversion revealed
One-off Volkswagen Amarok AT35 is being used as a support vehicle in Arctic winter
Expedition makeover features a portable generator and cappuccino machine
Unique model also features the standard vehicle’s class-leading load platform
A one-off Volkswagen Amarok designed exclusively for life in the Arctic Circle has been revealed with a raised ride height, huge all-terrain tyres – and a cappuccino maker.

The unique pick-up truck, modified by off-road specialists, Arctic Trucks, in partnership with local Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealer, Hekla, is currently being put to work in Iceland as a support vehicle for winter driving experiences, leading customers out onto the snow and ice.

The Volkswagen Amarok AT35 features a raft of updates to take the standard Amarok to the next level including a 25 mm front and rear suspension lift. New flared fibre-glass wheel-arches have been trimmed to accommodate the larger wheels and the 315/70R17 all terrain tyres – plus larger mud flaps front and back have been added.

Inside, the Amarok has been given an expedition makeover with a fire extinguisher, portable generator – and even a cappuccino machine. A VHF radio, toolbox, jack, first aid kit with defibrillator and work light are also included in the Arctic Trucks conversion.

Under the bonnet is the standard Amarok’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 224 PS to ensure there’s plenty of power to get through any snow drifts. The AT35 also retains the standard Amarok’s 45-degree climbing ability, a payload of 1,154kg, Hill Descent Assist and the widest load platform in its class.

Nick Axtell, Specialist Sales Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The Volkswagen Amarok has been a massive hit since its introduction and we’re delighted to see it proving its worth in some of the toughest conditions in the world. For British drivers, the standard Amarok will be able to cope with everything winter has to throw at it.”

He added: “Back in the UK, the ability of our Van Centres to convert vehicles through recognised partners remains one of our unique selling points. It doesn’t matter whether that’s fitting racking for a plumber, refrigerators for a supermarket chain or something altogether more extreme like the AT35 – we are always committed to Working With You.”

For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.

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