Arctic trucks have made a name for themselves through off-road-centric changes to rough ladder-frame SUVs and pickups from various automakers, including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Isuzu and Ford. What we haven’t seen, though, is an off-road-prepaid pickup based on a Chinese car. This changed with the unveiling of the Great Wall Wingle 7 which received AT35 treatment.
For those unfamiliar with the Great Wall model range, the Wingle 7 is a one-ton ladder-frame pickup that was unveiled in 2018. At 5,395 mm (212.4 inches) tall, the Wingle 7 is slightly smaller than the Ford Ranger, but slightly larger than a Toyota Hilux.
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Arctic Trucks’ Signature Fender add-on added, increasing the width of the pickup by 230mm (9 inches). Most importantly, the 17-inch alloy wheels are shaded into 35-inch mud tires that increase the ground clearance from 64 mm (2.5 inches) to 276 mm (10.9 inches). The tracks have also been increased by 180 mm (7.1 inches) which contributes to the wider position of the pickup.
The changes also include a strong suspension and anti-javelin coating so you can run the Wingle 7 wherever you want. Thanks to the changes mentioned above, off-road certifications have been improved with a 36-degree approach angle and a 29-degree departure angle. Optional equipment includes a front winch, an automatic engine heater and additional thermal insulation.
Beneath the bonnet of the Great Wall Wingle 7 is a stock 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that produces 143 hp (107 kW / 145 PS). Power is sent on four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, the AWD system has a Borg Warner transfer case and a rear differential lock.
The pickup was made by the Russian division of the Arctic truck and is already available for order in the Russian market. According to local media, each conversion takes seven days to complete, with another 20 days required for the certification process.