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Bring more, go farther. Introducing Thule Arcos, a new hard-shell cargo box for the back of the vehicle.

January 10, 2023

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The new cargo box Thule Arcos puts the cargo on the back of your vehicle for easy accessibility and great aerodynamics. Thule Arcos is perfect if your vehicle has limited cargo space or if you don’t want to mount anything on the roof.

A cargo box for the back of the vehicle

Thule Arcos is a hard-shell cargo box designed to provide extra loading space with easy access at the rear of the vehicle. By using the vehicle’s hitch to carry the cargo box, wind resistance is minimized and it becomes possible to carry other large loads on the vehicle roof—such as a rooftop tent, a kayak carrier or even bikes.

An easy-to-use solution with a sleek design

Mounting Thule Arcos on the hitch is the perfect solution for vehicles that aren’t compatible

An easy-to-use solution with a sleek design

Mounting Thule Arcos on the hitch is the perfect solution for vehicles that aren’t compatible with rooftop accessories, as commonly seen in electric vehicles. The sleek and low-mounted design of Thule Arcos ensures you have unobstructed sight in the rearview mirror and makes for convenient loading and unloading of cargo.

A way to create efficient extra loading space for smaller electric vehicles

Thule Arcos can transform even a small vehicle into an adventure vehicle capable of carrying cargo and outdoor gear. The premium hard-shell exterior makes it robust and stable, protects the cargo from dirt and water, and allows you to easily access the back of your vehicle.

The aerodynamic design makes you go farther

When developing our portfolio of rear-of-vehicle mounted cargo solutions, Thule Test Center engineers found that our cargo solution on the back of the vehicle had a limited impact on battery or fuel consumption and could even improve efficiencies in some cases. External testing by Sweden’s largest vehicle magazine, Vi Bilägare, confirmed these results. Testing on both gas and electric vehicles with a cargo box on the towbar (in their test they used Thule Onto, a semi-hard cargo solution), they found that both fuel and energy consumption was lower than when driving without a cargo box.

“One way to get more packing space without increasing energy consumption is the latest trend of mounting a cargo box on the vehicle’s towbar. We found that both the petrol vehicle and the electric vehicle had slightly lower consumption with the box fitted than when the vehicle was running completely empty on the test route.”

Vi Bilägare

Björn Strid, Director Product Management at Thule, concludes:

“We at Thule are broadening our range of rear-of-vehicle cargo solutions, and a premium product with aerodynamics like our new Thule Arcos box is genuinely a game-changer. You can put a large easy-to-access cargo box on the back of your vehicle and end up with the same fuel or electricity consumption as you would have without it.”

Thule Arcos has 14 cubic feet of carrying capacity, making it spacious enough to hold everything from a stroller, to luggage, to a pair of golf bags. For a journey that calls for additional space, Thule offers larger rooftop cargo carriers with volume up to 22 cubic feet.”

Thule’s portfolio of cargo carriers ensures a fit for every need, whether you’re living an active lifestyle, going on a family vacation, or making extra space for that weekend trip.

Thule Arcos will launch to consumers on March 1, 2023 with a recommended price of $1,399.95.

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About Thule

The Thule brand was established in 1942. Under the motto Bring your life, Thule globally offers a wide range of premium products for active people that allow them to bring what they care most for – safely, easily and in style. Thule designs and manufactures roof racks, bike, water and winter sport carriers, roof boxes, computer, and camera bags, sports bags and backpacks and child-related products such as baby joggers, child bike seats and bike trailers. The products are sold in more than 140 countries. Thule is the largest brand in Thule Group.