Six all-new models and more to come By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Arctic Cat has a very full range of machines—from the big-on-fun Alterra 90 ATV for youth riders all the way up to the Wildcat X UTVs. At this time Arctic Cat is introducing 27 models, and of those, six are considered all new. More information on the rest of the lineup will be released at a later date. For example, there is no information on the Wildcat X lineup, but we hear rumors that there will be significant news coming soon on that front for 2017.
Interestingly enough, while many brands are staying put with ATV models while the engineering staff is dedicated to UTVs, of the six significantly upgraded machines, only one is a UTV. When we do see new ATV models from manufacturers, in many cases the hot segment is in youth ATVs. Arctic Cat embraces this trend with the new Alterra 90 utility model joining the current DVX 90 in the line. All of the specs look the same for the two $2999 machines that feature four-stroke engines with CVT automatic transmissions. They offer forward and reverse, just under 3 inches of travel and are rated for riders 12 years and older. The Alterra 90 doesn’t just have a utility bodywork and racks for looks; it is rated for 10 pounds of capacity on the front rack and 15 pounds on the rear. We always like to see that manufacturers are confident that the sport remains attractive to families and that they expect new riders to embrace our love of off-road riding. Arctic Cat also has the youth-oriented 150 4×2 for riders 14 and up.
Arctic Cat has a huge 4×4 ATV lineup. The Alterra line of 4x4s starts at the $5499 air-cooled 400. Next up is the liquid-cooled 500 at $5999. Both models have 7 inches of wheel travel with four-wheel independent suspension. The Alterra 700 and 700 XT (starting at $8999) are the largest-displacement, single-seat, normal 4×4 ATV models AC offers. Both 700s have 10 inches of wheel travel, adjustable preload and four-wheel independent suspension. The $10,499 Mudpro 700 and $11,999 Mudpro 1000 Limited are also single-seaters, though the 1000 uses the TRV two-up extended-wheelbase chassis. These models are specific for wet and mud riding with specialized features, including aggressive tires, beadlock wheels and high-mounted engine and CVT intakes.
Two 4x4s have escaped the name game. AC has a 500 and a 1000 XT EPS. They look similar to the Alterra models, but they have tubular steel racks and different front-end bodywork. The 500 shares the $5099 price with the Alterra 500. The 1000 XT EPS is $11,499. Unlike the 1000 TRV and the MudPro 1000 that share the 58-inch wheelbase of the two-up model, the 1000 XT EPS shares the 52-inch wheelbase with the Alterra 700. Like all the other Arctic Cat 4x4s, the 500 and 1000 XT EPS are fully equipped and loaded with features.
LOOKING FOR COMPANY
For those who prefer to have some company while riding, the two-up Alterra TRV ATVs are considered new models from the company that created the two-up ATV. The two-up TRVs are available in 500, 700 XT and 1000 XT priced at $8499, $11,399 and $12,999, respectively. All three are loaded with features that deliver comfort and performance. All three TRVs share the new SpeedRack II composite rack system. The racks are steel-reinforced plastic with a non-slip surface, but they also have quick -attachment points for SpeedRack II slide-and-lock integrated accessories. Naturally, there are normal hooks for other payloads. Rack capacity is 100 pounds in the front and 200 in the rear, plus 1050 pounds towing for all three models.
They also share a reshaped passenger seat and grab rails, new LED rear lights, a new multi-function digital gauge, a 1.44-gallon rear storage box and new closed-loop EFI system for reduced emissions and 25-percent-better fuel economy. The 700 and 1000 get automotive paint on the body. The 700 XT has additional new changes to the CVT case to reduce sound by 8 decibels. All three have double-A-arm suspension with preload-adjustable shocks and 10 inches of travel. The two larger models have power steering.
The final two quads in the lineup (announced so far) are complete opposites. There is the full-utility Arctic Cat TBX 700 EPS with its rugged 300-pound payload rear dump box. It will carry 100 pounds on the front and tow 1050 pounds. The other is the XC 450 sport 4×4. The body style is all sport quad, but it has the running gear of the Alterra 500 underneath.
Arctic Cat has an extremely wide range of UTVs. The most utilitarian are the 500, 700 XT EPS and 1000 XT EPS Prowler models. Of those, the $9499 Prowler 500 is the least expensive. It has just the basics for work: 7.5 inches of suspension travel, a single-cylinder engine and a nimble, narrow track. But, it can carry 500 pounds of cargo or tow 1500 pounds. The 700 and 100 XT EPS models are taller and 6 inches wider with 10 inches of travel. The towing and carrying capacity remain the same, but with more power, features, size and weight, in addition to EPS, the 700 is $13,999 and the 1000 is $15,299.
Next up is the HDX line of side-by-sides. Like the Prowler, the $11,999 HDX 500 XT is the most basic with no EPS available. It does share dimensions and capacities with the 700 model of 600 pounds for the bed and 1500 pounds towing. The HDX 700 ($14,499 or $14,999 for camo) is physically and visually much like the 500, but with EPS and the larger single-cylinder engine. While the 500 and 700 XT are returning models, the $15,499 ($15,999 for Camo) HDX Crew 700 XT is all new for 2017. It adds six-person versatility, comfort features, and what AC calls “truck-like usability” with its ability to haul people and gear. All three HDX models have 10 inches of suspension travel, but the two 700 models feature coil-over Fox Float adjustable shocks in the rear. As a result, the Crew can handle 1000 pounds in the bed and 1500 pounds of towing capacity. There should be plenty of passenger room with an extended chassis with a 31-inch-longer wheelbase than the standard HDX models. If you have people to move, the ability to hold six people for a mere $1000 more than the standard model feels like a bargain.
At the sporty end of the Arctic Cat UTV spectrum are the Wildcat variants. At this time there is no information on the Wildcat X 1000cc models, but there are the 700cc Sport and Trail models. The 700 Trail comes in base, XT EPS and Limited EPS models. These are 50-inch-wide cars that weigh less than 1000 pounds for trails that have those restrictions. The narrow machine limits suspension to just over 10 inches in the rear and 10 inches in the front. The three Trail models range between $12,999 and $14,499.
Wildcat 700 Sport models are 60 inches wide with over 12 inches of suspension travel. The weight for either the Wildcat Sport XT EPS or the Wildcat Sport Limited EPS is under 1100 pounds. The 700 Sport is one of our favorite machines, and with the light weight, the 700 engine is plenty spunky. And at $14,599 for the Sport and $15,999 for the Limited, they offer value for the performance as well. To see all the colors and features, go to www.arcticcat.com.