2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS Unveiled

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
Latest Alterra outfitted with a brand new engine

We haven’t heard much from Arctic Cat’s ATV/UTV division lately, but it looks like that is about to change as the Minnesota-based manufacturer just unveiled a brand new ATV – the 2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS.

When Arctic Cat says the Alterra 600 EPS is new, they aren’t just talking minor changes. This ATV is outfitted with a new engine, drivetrain, and chassis.

At the heart of the Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS is an all-new 600cc, single-cylinder engine that produces a claimed 45 horsepower. The engine is designed and built by Arctic Cat and it is an overhead cam design with an oversized air filter. It is mated to a CVTech CVT system and a more durable transmission.

Arctic Cat 600 Engine

The new engine is housed in a brand new chassis that boasts a lower center of gravity and new steering geometry. Dual A-arm front and rear suspension doles out 9.0 inches of travel and up to 12.25 inches of ground clearance. The new chassis can be outfitted with 27-inch tires.

Not just a standalone model, there are four versions of the Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS available. The base model comes with 25-inch tires and steel wheels, but you can upgrade to the Alterra 600 EPS XT for aluminum wheels and a premium bumper. Next up the chain is the Alterra 600 EPS LTD with 15-inch alloy wheels, 27-inch tires, composite racks, and a winch. The flagship is the Alterra 600 EPS SE boasts the same features as the LTD, but is dressed in Phantom Grey.

Part of Arctic Cat’s 2022 lineup, the Alterra 600 EPS family hit dealerships starting in July. Check out the press release below for more information.

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS Base

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS Base

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINN. — Arctic Cat® Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, previewed a new ATV today as part of its Model Year 2022 lineup available in authorized dealerships in July. The all-new Alterra™ 600 EPS features an all-new engine, drivetrain and chassis offering increased power, better handling, more durability, and easier servicing. The launch of the ATV coincides with Arctic Cat’s 60-year anniversary of bringing new and innovative products to powersports.

“Arctic Cat is excited to celebrate its 60-year anniversary with the launch of the Alterra 600 EPS,” said Troy Halvorson, Vice President, Arctic Cat for Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “Built from the ground up, this ATV exemplifies the very essence of our company and our heritage, to provide innovative products to fuel the passion of powersports enthusiasts.”

Powering the Alterra 600 EPS is an all-new 600cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that offers 45 horsepower to explore the trail or take on the toughest of tasks. Designed and built by Arctic Cat in St. Cloud, Minn., the new engine features an overhead-cam design. The Alterra 600 EPS also features an oversized air filter and high intake mounts ensuring ample airflow, while the new Arctic Cat tuned CVTech CVT system — paired with a more durable transmission — ensures the power gets to the ground.

Launched on the 2021 Arctic Cat BLAST™ snowmobile, the CVTech system features an Arctic Cat-tuned Trailbloc drive and Invance driven clutches for increased performance, smooth low-speed engagement and long life. Riders will enjoy consistent performance with faster acceleration, smoother power delivery and a throttle response that will not fade over time. The CVT system’s large belt from the Prowler Pro and improved cooling results in minimized wear and longer belt life; and paired with the engine, also provides lower emissions.

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS XT

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS XT

An all-new chassis complements the Alterra 600 EPS’ power, providing a lower center of gravity and incredible balance for increased stability and a performance-oriented ride experience. The new vehicle is nimble and agile thanks to a new steering geometry and standard electronic power steering (EPS). Its dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides 9 inches of travel and up to 12.25 inches of ground clearance to ensure it can tackle most anything in its way. Its larger shocks feature pre-load adjustment and soak up whatever the trail has to offer. The large disc brakes provide ample stopping power and are quieter than previous models. Finally, the Alterra 600 EPS can be equipped with 27-inch tires, the largest available tire in its class.

Rider ergonomics were a big consideration in developing the Alterra 600 EPS, and it delivers the most comfortable rider experience yet. Unlike most ATVs, the Alterra 600 EPS exhaust is routed down and out of the middle of the vehicle, so it keeps heat off the rider for increased comfort and less fatigue. Its large footwells accommodate a wide variety of riders and provide added protection from trail hazards and mud. For easier switching from two- to four-wheel drive on-the-fly, Arctic Cat has included electronic 4WD engagement. An easily accessible 0.6-gallon storage compartment under the handlebars provides storage for small gear such as cell phones, gloves and first aid kits. To navigate trails, Arctic Cat has partnered with Garmin® to easily integrate the all-new TREAD™ Powersport Navigator onto the vehicle. The Garmin accessory can be installed on a highly visible panel right above the gauge for a seamless look and easy access.

Garmin Tread Arctic Cat Alterra 600

To stay on the trail or on-task longer, Arctic Cat made the Alterra 600 more durable. Along with the new transmission and CVTech CVT system, the vehicle has improved half shafts, ball joints and bushings. Servicing the unit is a breeze with new snap-fit panels that do not require tools, so access to the oil fill and other vital components is quick and easy. The vehicle also has the largest gas tank in its class — 5.7 gallons — so it can ride and work longer. For towing and hauling, the model is equipped with a 2-inch receiver hitch — with a 1,050-pound towing capacity — and rugged, steel racks with unlimited tie-down locations. The Alterra 600 LTD and SE feature composite racks with integrated SpeedRack II attachments.

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS LTD Overhead

2022 Arctic Cat Alterra 600 EPS LTD Overhead

The Alterra 600 EPS is available in four different models:

  • Base model in Arctic Cat Medium Green and Black with steel wheels and 25-inch tires.
  • Alterra 600 EPS XT with aluminum wheels and 25-inch tires with 11.5 inches of ground clearance and a premium bumper. Available in a new Phantom Grey color.
  • Alterra 600 EPS LTD with 14-inch Aluminum wheels and 27-inch tires with 12.25 inches of ground clearance, composite racks, premium bumper and winch. Available in a new Fossil color.
  • Alterra 600 EPS SE with 14-inch aluminum wheels and 27-inch tires with 12.25 inches of ground clearance, composite racks, premium bumper and winch. Available in Phantom Grey.

All Alterra 600 EPS models will be built in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and come with a 12-month warranty. The ATV will be available in Arctic Cat dealerships in July.

Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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