POLARIS HAS added a new flagship model (XP1000) to its Ranger series of utility side-by-sides.
A ProStar 1000 engine developing 82 hp is mated with a new clutch and redesigned driveline; the clutch is a large-ratio unit for low-speed drivability, and the driveline uses the strongest belt ever fitted to a Ranger.
Redesigned under-hood air intakes and a new clutch cover increase the air flow for cooler, longer belt life, and improved geometry produces less friction for increased efficiency and a quieter ride.
VersaTrac (turf mode) enables the rear wheels to rotate independently, allowing tighter turns and reduced tearing of delicate surfaces such as fine turf or compacted pathways. Using a dash switch, the driver can toggle from turf mode to 2WD (locked rear diff) to all wheel drive.
A new one-piece chassis increases stiffness and reduces flexing, making the machine stronger and more durable.
The ride is enhanced by 28 cm of suspension travel, and 27-inch tyres fitted to cast aluminium rims give greater height and 33 cm of ground clearance — an increase of 8 per cent.
For precise handling, the vehicle has a reduced steering ratio that gives a tighter turning radius; and a new front sway bar offers a more responsive ride and improved manoeuvrability.
A new distinctive grille behind an enlarged front bumper is designed for added protection, and a new full-body skid plate provides extra protection and durability.
At the rear, the cargo box has 11.5 per cent more volume, welded steel corners for stiffness, lock-and-ride rails, eight stake pockets, moulded in-box divider slots and large, reinforced D-rings.
The Ranger XP 1000 has 1134 kg of towing capacity.
Standard on all Ranger XP 1000 vehicles, the Polaris engine braking system (active descent control or ADC) ensures smooth, controlled descents on steep inclines with or without a load. ADC uses an electromagnetic coil, applying a magnetic force to a bi-directional overrunning clutch, that works with a pair of plates connected to the output hub to the front wheels and crown wheel with lock-up creating front-wheel-induced engine braking. Working in tandem with the rear-wheel EBS system, this achieves 4-wheel engine braking.
The vehicle also has three-mode throttle control — performance, standard and work modes — that control the power.
Getting in and out is easier with 12.7 cm more clearance, and there is more legroom and more comfortable seats.
A user-friendly dash layout includes a digital/analogue gauge and four pre-wired accessory switch locations for easier accessory fitment.
A new flip-up passenger seat offers more space for buckets or the farm dog, and six cup holders should keep everyone happy.