Arctic Catreleased its 2015 ATV and ROV (side-by-side) line last night at its dealer show in Las Vegas. Not everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, so here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of all that’s new:
There are 15 new models, most notably a new XR ATV line, new Prowler XT models and a new 60-in. Wildcat Sport that slots in between the original Wildcat and Trail models.
Here’s the skinny on the new Prowler 1000, 700 and 550 XT models, which get all-new, automotive-inspired bodywork, plus myriad improvements in rider comfort:
-All-new hood, bodywork and console for improved styling, greater usability and better ergonomics.
-New automotive-style hood features a new, more usable 3.0-cu.-ft. under-hood storage space (compared to 2.5-cu.-ft. for the previous space); an auto-style latch; integrated prop for keeping the hood open; weather-resistant sealing; ?and simplified access to the headlight adjusters, brake reservoir and radiator.
-All body panels are now made from Surlyn, a premium quality plastic with molded-in color that maintains a higher quality finish.
-New fully variable tilt steering mechanism offers greater overall range, infinite adjustability and increased room for driver entry and exit. The new design provides 3 in. additional legroom in the full- up position when compared to the previous model.
-New headlight system features a combination of LED and halogen bulbs for increased lighting options and improved light output. A four-position switch offers Off; LED Accent; Low Beam with LED Accent; and High beam with LED Accent.
-New dash layout features a larger, 539-cu.-in. glovebox (compared to 234-cu.-in. for the previous box) plus an additional center-located, cubby space for small items such as electronic devices.
-New occupant restraint system features lower-profile metal shoulder and foot restraints that ease vehicle entry/exit, with greater overall comfort. The new shoulder restraints provide 3.125 in. of additional space for each occupant.
-New side-restraints feature a handle-lock (instead of a seatbelt-style buckle) for simplified access.
-New engine sound reduction system featuring a rubber- isolated outer cover and new gaskets delivers an 8 dBA reduction in operation sound. (700 and 550 models)
-New closed-loop EFI system with catalyst exhaust provides 25 percent improved fuel economy and lower CO emissions for optimal performance in all conditions.
-New dash-mounted shift lever provides a more ergonomically friendly shift motion, delivering surer shifts.
-New gas and brake pedals provide more comfortable heel- on-the-floor operation.
-The fuse box and been relocated under the dash console (instead of under the seat) for easier and simplified access.
-New 3-point seat belts are more comfortable and simplify operation.
-Revised, softer shock calibration improves overall riding comfort.
-New digital gauge