Anybody envious of colonial entry to the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor would possibly wish to direct their consideration to Toyota’s newest providing in Britain, the Hilux AT35. It packs the identical kind of ruggedness because the US mannequin – solely in a a lot, a lot smaller (and admittedly slower) bundle. Utilizing the identical 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as the usual Hilux, the Arctic Vehicles-fettled mannequin will get a beefed-up chassis, driveline and physique, for higher all-terrain efficiency. And for completely wanting the half.
The AT35 upgrades embody more durable Arctic Vehicles Bilstein springs and dampers, with an adjustable anti-roll bar and prolonged shackles that may elevate the two.2-tonne machine by 40mm and 20mm entrance/rear. That, plus the addition of 17-inch AT alloys wrapped in beefy BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres (of 35 inches!), provides it 65mm of additional floor clearance. Arctic Vehicles has re-geared the entrance and rear differentials to match, giving the 201hp (and 369lb ft at 1,600rpm) diesel powerplant and its six-speed automated – each carried over from the Hilux Invincible X – the muscle to haul the Hilux out of the trickiest of conditions.
Toyota says the tyres alone provide a large window of adjustability to go well with totally different circumstances, as they’re designed to work with totally different pressures. And the fitment of a rear peak bar with an built-in two-inch receiver hitch, permits straightforward fitment of tow balls (able to pulling a 3.5-tonne braked trailer), winches and steps, in addition to gear carriers and extra. The upgraded pick-up can carry 1,053kg of stuff, 43 greater than normal. There’s additionally Arctic Truck’s arch flare package, which extends the wings over the brand new rubber and offers a extra seamless line again to a pair of extended-profile facet steps. If that didn’t signify its rank, the pick-up will get AT35 badging and a 30th anniversary decal.
There are, in fact, different methods to stress that that is the true deal, with choices like full underbody safety, a Imaginative and prescient X grille-mounted gentle bar and Truxedo low-profile load cowl. Patrons also can improve to BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tyres, and add on-board inflation and deflation package, with a 12V efficiency compressor mounted within the engine bay.
To make sure there will likely be no mix-ups between a correct Arctic Vehicles AT35 and an imposter, every factory-made car comes with a person certificates of authenticity. There’s extra than simply badge kudos in going for the genuine AT35; Toyota says that this conversion, carried out by Arctic Vehicles’ technicians to “unique producer requirements”, retains Toyota’s five-year or 100,000-mile new car guarantee. It’s absolutely sort accredited and retains industrial car standing, with no compromise in payload or towing capability. Good.
Better of all, not solely is that this Arctic Vehicles Hilux AT35 improve out there to order from Toyota retailers in Britain (not like the F-150), the work’s additionally priced from £18,780 plus VAT, which looks as if a fairly whole lot to us.