Arctic Trucks, an Icelandic company that specializes in re-engineering four-wheel drive vehicles to adapt them to rugged driving conditions, has created an exclusive variation of the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck. The company, known for modifying a Toyota Hilux for a Top Gear expedition to the Magnetic North Pole, has also provided vehicles for high-profile expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.
In 2016, the company launched the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. They have also designed reinforced versions of the Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux. Now, Arctic Trucks has applied its engineering know-how to upgrade a Volkswagen Amarok, enabling it to cope with conditions in rough winter climates.
The upgrades included lifting the suspension by 25 mm at the front and rear and adding new wheel arches to fit the massive all-terrain tires that frame 17-inch alloy wheels. The truck also features oversized mud flaps to protect the vehicle from rough road conditions.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Specialist Sales Manager Nick Axtell says the Arctic Trucks Amarok had successfully overcome the harshest environmental conditions.
“We’re delighted to see it proving its worth in some of the toughest conditions in the world,” he adds. “For British drivers, the standard Amarok will be able to cope with everything winter has to throw at it.”
The Amarok also comes equipped with a fire extinguisher, a portable generator and, strangely enough, a cappuccino machine, as well as a VHF radio, toolbox, and jack. For emergency situations, the vehicle also includes a first aid kit with a defibrillator.
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The vehicle is outfitted with a standard three-liter V6 diesel engine that produces 221 horsepower, enabling the Arctic Trucks Amarok to reach 45-degree scaling ability and transport a 2,544-pound payload. It also features Hill Descent Assist to keep the truck from sliding forward during descent.
“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,” Axtell says.
Arctic Trucks has operations in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Poland, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, three Arctic Trucks vehicles crossed the long end of Greenland from South to North beginning at the Isortoq reindeer farm. The trucks drove on sea ice, over land, frozen rivers, and lakes to the icecap, continuing along the west side of the icecap, crossing over to the east side half way for fuel and then to the center up north to Wulff Land. The expedition returned south and came down of the icecap east of at Kangerlussuaq before continuing onto the Arctic Circle Trail to Sisimiut.