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Arctic Trucks Creates Something With American (Fender) Flair

2020 Ford F-150

When it comes to countries with an incredible truck culture, it’s easy to forget Iceland. After all, the nordic island just beneath the Arctic Circle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean barely has cars, and has just one national highway that travels the circumference of the country, as its population of just 364,000 lives along the coastline. With this lack of transportation infrastructure, Icelandic pickup truck enthusiasts have managed to create a culture all their own, largely based around off-roading. An example of this is Iceland’s Arctic Trucks, which have a reputation of creating some of the most incredible off-roaders meant to explore the frozen and volcanic reaches of the island, and beyond. While their portfolio primarily consists of Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs and Hilux pickup trucks, they’ve recently turned their efforts on an American pickup truck: the 2020 Ford F-150.

Arctic Trucks AT44 F-150

Named the F-150 AT44, those are 44-inch Nokian Hakkapeliita studded winter tires you see there. Essential for both finding as much grip as possible in the ice and snow, as well as distributing weight more effectively over a fragile surface to prevent beaching. As you can see, extensive body work had to be applied to properly fit the massive rubber effectively. The suspension behind those massive tires is said to be largely fabricated and set up by Arctic Trucks itself, although something tells us the company took an approach similar to American Expedition Vehicles, and did its best to maintain stock suspension geometry. Otherwise, the truck would be sitting a lot higher. Underneath, there’s a tactical amount of armor plating to protect vital components should they scrape

Under the hood is not immediately known, but considering AT’s focus on diesel engines, more than likely this 2020 Ford F-150 is utilizing a 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine. We’ll report back if we hear otherwise. Just the same, pricing is not yet known. But presumably, the donor F-150 probably doesn’t have to start with a mid-trim Lariat.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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