• Behold Icelandic Awesomeness: 2017 Toyota Hilux 6×6 by Arctic Trucks

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    Toyota Hilux 6×6 by Arctic Truck (image credit: Motor.ru)

    The Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT44 6×6 was built by the same company that builds some of the highest rated Arctic off-road exploration vehicles on the planet – Arctic Trucks. Remember Top Gear’s Arctic exploration a few years back? How about Top Gear’s James May’s visit to a volcano? Yep, same manufacturer.

    While we caught wind of the Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT44 6×6 via Motor Russia magazine article, it turns out that Arctic Trucks are available in Iceland, Norway, UAE, UK, Russia, Poland and Finland. Please note: nothing here about the United States – bummer. I’m liking seeing more purpose-built 6X6 trucks. One that’s built from a new Toyota Hilux platform sounds pretty awesome.

    Here is a 4×4 version of the new Hilux AT35 4×4 in action.

    A little bit about the truck-builder: “Arctic Trucks was established in Iceland in 1990 and specializes in the re-engineering and conversion of four-wheel drive vehicles for extreme conditions. Over the years, Arctic Trucks have built an unparalleled level of expertise in developing vehicles to deliver handling, safety and reliability improvements both on and off road. Our development engineers have accompanied many of these expeditions so they can understand, first hand, the challenges the vehicles they design will need to conquer. This unique insight and experience means we have been able to tame environments our competitors simply do not account for.” – – arctictrucks.com

    This 6×6 version costs about ₽11,000,000 Russian Rubles; that’s about $172,000.

    (image credit: arctictruck.com)
    (image credit: arctictruck.com)

    The Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT44 6×6 started as a regular Toyota Hilux with a 177 horsepower, 2.8 liter diesel that makes around 295 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission listed is a six-speed automatic. The cool stuff comes in the form of three ARB air lockers. That’s right, all three axles can be locked individually.

    Obviously, the Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT44 6×6 was lengthened and the rear suspension components are all modified in-house. The axle modifications are from Arctic Trucks as well.

    Specifications Arctic Trucks Hilux:

    Arctic Trucks Hilux AT35 Arctic Trucks Hilux AT35 6 × 6
    engine’s type diesel, 4 cyl. c turbocharged
    Displacement 2755 cm³
    Max. Power, hp / rev / min 177/3400
    Max. Currently, Nm / rev / min 450 / 1600-2400
    type of drive full
    Transmission 6 speed automatic
    Front suspension multilink
    Rear suspension spring Dependent, spring
    brakes ventilated front disc, rear drum
    Dimensions (LxWxH) mm: 5330 × 1995 × 1870, 6150 × 1995 × 1870
    Wheelbase mm: 3085 3085, 2-3 axis 1000
    Weight, kg 2350 2600
    Acceleration from 0-100 km / h sec. n / a
    Max. speed, km / h n / a
    Fuel consumption (comb.), L / 100 km 9.6 n / a

    Here is another 6×6 off-roader, this time based on a Jeep Wrangler, that we caught at a recent Overland Expo.

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    23 thoughts on “Behold Icelandic Awesomeness: 2017 Toyota Hilux 6×6 by Arctic Trucks

    1. ARB are an Australian Aftermarket success story
      “Today, ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4×4 accessories. We also have an international presence, with an office in the US and an export network that extends through more than 80 countries around the globe.”

      1. Yeah ARB are very popular with Tacoma/Hilux owners as the factory parts are quite weak/poorly made. Tacoma owners have been forced to replace their cheaply made Toyota front diffs with aftermarket parts to address vibration issues. Despite the rear diff being upgraded for 2016, it’s still easily busted and many are developing a very loud whine are a very low mileage. Toyota seems to be cutting a lot of corners and the aftermarket is booming to resppnd to the underbuilt quality coming from Toyota these days Thw Hilux is better but not by much.

    2. If I had that much money, I would look at the 6×6 Hennesy Raptor instead.
      177 hp moving 2600 KG?
      no thanks.

      1. @nihilus
        Hennessy Raptor is not a diesel. How reliable would it be? Hennessy have had all sort of negative connotations associated with them.

      2. The Hennessey Raptor is fine if you need a big sand toy. These Arctic trucks 6x6s are built as very serious work vehicles. For reliability, they don’t mess with much under the hood, outside of upgrading things for temp extremes or higher electrical loads than designed for.

    3. Wow! I hope you guys get the opportunity to drive one of these. I would love to see a video on it!

      1. I just meant we need a regular 4×4 Hilux because of its smaller size not offered anymore in US and Canada

        1. The Hilux is the exact same size as the Tacoma. The only one that is a little smaller is the L200.

          1. The Hilux is the mechanically superior version of the Tacoma. The Tomca is a cheap derivative with weaker mechanicals.

      1. I doubt that 9000lb rating is SAE certified 😀

        Let’s see it try the Ike gauntlet! I’m thinking it will only hold 15 mph if it makes it at all.

        1. @Daniel,
          These have no problems towing the stated amounts . If they did the certification would be taken from the Company. You probably noted that payloads are DOWNRATED in Australia.
          That is why the 5 litre V8 F150, is only given a 8,800lb rating.

          1. Curious, do you have the aluminum body F-150 right now?
            The hilux and Tacoma aren’t all that different under the skin from what I’ve been able to see. There are plenty of hilux running around south Texas, they come up from Mexico. How can roughly the same chassis be rated almost double? HD trucks here are mostly only rated 10-12k bumper pull, how does the hilux get a 10k rating?

        2. Oz is mostly flat. Those 6wheel conversions use a “lazy” axle in most cases to increase GVW, which is used to calculate trailer weight in a roundabout way. Increasing the GCW does nothing for the powertrain, of course. If you look at what vehicles cost over there, you’ll faint- or piss yourself laughing. You can buy the biggest baddest diesel dually of your choice here for the money they want to set up a midsize truck with a tag axle and flatbed.

          1. @Daniel,
            No, they do not sell the F150 here. Hilux is not the same as the Tacoma, they are strengthened to carry more a lot more weight. The 4,500kg (9,900lb)is for a Mazda BT50, Normal bumper tow 8,800lb.
            Single Cab normal BT 50 has a max payload of 3,000lbs

          2. @Mr Knowitall, Australia is far from dead flat a lot of rolling hills and mountains closer to the main areas of population.centre of the country is dead flat.
            Duallies , are at best a niche thing. Prices are related to the fact they are not sold here.
            We used to make F250, F350, F100 early F150, Bronco up till 1980.They all died out.
            Ford brought in the Brazilian F250 7.3 a Diesel in early 2000’sand GM the Suburban in the 1996-98. Same fate.

    4. @Mr Knowitall and @Daniel
      There is a section on the Holden Suburban, I got some of the dates wrong
      As well dates of the Brazilian F250/F350

      “They were widely exported to Australia (F-250 and F-350), South Africa (F-250) and Argentina (F-250, rebadged as F-100, and the F-350 DRW rebadged as F-4000), usually following the Brazilian specification (with an obvious change of the cockpit location in the versions targeted to Australia, South Africa and other RHD markets) but Australia “

    5. More on Holden Suburban

      Holden Suburban Edit

      Holden Suburban (K8) 1500 LS
      In Australia and New Zealand, Holden imported the right-hand drive Chevrolet Suburban built by GM in Silao, Mexico between February 1998 and January 2001.[34] The Suburban was first previewed in October 1997 at the Sydney Motor Show.[35] In total, 746 were sold (460 petrol and 286 diesel).[36] After 2001, subsequent models reverted to the original Chevrolet brand, which had also been used before 1998. Over the model’s lifetime there were three trim levels: a base model, the LS and the LT. Not to be confused with the trim variants is the model code, designated K8.[37]

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