The competitive utility vehicle and all-terrain vehicle market pushes companies to drive innovation across the product line. For 2015 Polaris is enhancing products across its range. A key part of that enhancement is greater use of a new ProStar 570 44 hp engine that’s finding its way into more products from a single-seat Sportsman Ace to the new multi-place Ranger Crew.
Polaris has also enhanced is diesel line and for 2015 is moving to a Kohler three-cylinder Tier 4 engine, but it achieves emissions limits without worries about a particulate filter.
The company also upgraded its two-seat Ranger to be modeled after the popular, larger, Ranger 900 series, giving it the more-aggressive stance for 2015. The two-seater also gets the PRO-FIT cab technology that makes it easy to add features to the rollover-protective structure frame on the machine. The two-seater gets an upgraded 570 engine too, with 44 hp and more towing capacity.
An interesting product in the Polaris line, launched earlier this year and getting an enhancement for 2014 is the Sportsman Ace. The all-terrain vehicle is a single-position machine that doesn’t look like your standard ATV. Instead of the common “motorcycle” stance and handlebar controls, this machine has a comfortable, upright seat, a flat-floor operator position and a steering wheel. With the company’s popular continuously variable transmission, it’s easy to drive this smart-moving ATV.
The enhancement for 2015 is to add a model with the 570 electronic fuel injected engine horsepower to 44. The original model is powered by a 38 hp engine. With the larger engine the new machine can pull 1,500 pounds and carry a 360-pound payload.
Enhancing a flagship
Polaris isn’t standing still with that popular Ranger 900 XP. For 2015 the top end machine gets a boost to 68 hp. In addition there are two other power options for the line – the 570 engine offering 44 hp; and the Ranger diesel powered by that Kohler engine. Further proof that the company isn’t standing still with design.
The top-end Ranger also gets a range of improvements. For 2015 the full-size vehicles get new intake openings on the pillars behind the driver and passenger for improved airflow for the engine and clutch air intake systems. They also get new graphics packages and edgier headrests too.
The Polaris Sportsman lineup gets an upgrade with six new product models. The new X2 570 features the same chassis as the Touring 570 EPS, but gets a second seat that doubles as a 400-lb. dump box. The company will offer the new Sportsman Touring XP 1000 and the Sportsman XP 1000 each featuring a ProStar 88 hp engine. The new engine is a single overhead cam 1000 twin based on the popular 850 twin.
The new models also get a new high-performance, close-ratio on-demand all-wheel drive system for better traction. The machines also feature engine breaking and active descent control for improved operation downhill.
There’s also a new entry-level Sportsman the ETX with a 570 chassis but a smaller and lower profile design. Power comes from a 30-hp electronic fuel injected engine, and it’s the market’s only entry-level machine with electronic fuel injection.
The company has made improvements across the line – you can learn more by visiting www.polaris.com.