2012 Arctic Cat ATV and UTV Early Release Models Unveiled
New option packages highlight latest offerings
Story by Staff, Photography by Arctic Cat, Jun. 20, 2011
Arctic Cat has begun the unveiling process for its 2012 family of ATVs and side-by-sides by revealing two new models and more than a dozen machines returning to the fleet unchanged from 2011.
The key for Arctic Cat in 2012 seems to be option packages – namely the GT and LTD packages. Any ATV or side-by-side with the GT option package comes with painted bodywork, aluminum wheels and electronic power steering. The LTD package features all of that plus heavy-duty front and rear bumpers and a 3,000-pound winch.
These option packages are all about creating choices for consumers. A good example of this is the new for 2012 Arctic Cat 700i MudPro LTD. Now consumers can choose between the base 700i MudPro (returning from 2011) and the LTD version (the bumpers, winch and power steering should be a huge help for the mud riders out there). This seems like a great way to update your lineup without having to do a major redesign or eliminate an existing machine from the fleet. The 700i MudPro LTD is available in Green or Orange painted bodywork and features massive 28-inch Zilla tires mounted to 14-inch aluminum wheels.
Arctic Cat’s other new offering for 2012 is the Prowler 700i HDX. While it doesn’t benefit from the GT or LTD option package, the 700i HDX has been given a new round tube surround frame for 2012. It’s available in Dark Green or Tungsten Metallic painted bodywork, as well as Advantage Timber camouflage.
As expected, a host of Arctic Cat ATVs and Prowlers are returning to the lineup for 2012. One-up machines like the 450i, 550i, 700i and 1000i are returning in a variety of guises, along with the two-up TRV 450i, TRV 550i and TRV 700i. The only other 2012 Prowlers are the Prowler 700i XTX and Prowler 1000 XTZ.
More to Come
Unlike many other manufacturers, Arctic Cat doesn’t like to unveil its entire lineup all at once and this year is no exception. A second wave of 2012 models is expected to be released in August. We expect to see more Arctic Cat ATVs and Prowlers outfitted with GT and LTD option packages. Also, we wouldn’t be surprised to see something completely new from the Minnesota-based manufacturer. With the small number of Prowlers revealed so far we are inclined to look in that direction.
|2012 Arctic Cat Lineup|
|450i||Red, Advantage Timber||TRV 450i||Black|
|550i||Black||TRV 550i GT||Viper Blue, Sunset Orange|
|550i GT||Advantage Timber, Steel Blue, Sunset Orange||TRV 550i Cruiser||Tungsten Metallic|
|550i LTD||Green Metallic, Desert Red||TRV 700i GT||Sunset Orange, Viper Blue|
|700i||Red||Prowler 550i XT||Tungsten Metallic, Viper Bluek|
|700i GT||Tungsten Metallic, Viper Blue, Advantage Timber||Prowler 700i XTX||Orange Metallic, Steel Blue, Viper Blue|
|700i LTD||Green Metallic||Prowler 700i HDX||Dark Green Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Advantage Timber|
|1000i GT||Orange Metallic||Prowler 1000i XTZ||Orange Metallic|
|700i MudPro||Green Metallic|
|700i MudPro LTD||Green Metallic, Orange Metallic|