Polaris recently celebrated driving the one-millionth RANGER machine off the production line – two decades since the utility vehicle was introduced to the Polaris line-up.
Polaris Ranger is the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side (SxS), offering the hardest working, smoothest riding family of vehicles for hunters, farmers and recreation enthusiasts and has now been manufacturing for 20 years. For 2018, Polaris has set a new standard in utility side-by-sides with the introduction of the all-new Ranger XP 1000. Simply put, the new flagship Ranger is more rugged, more refined, more Ranger. More than 100 owner-inspired innovations make the new Ranger XP 1000 the hardest working, smoothest riding Ranger ever built.
The 2018 RANGER XP 1000 is more rugged. Starting with a powerful ProStar 1000 engine, tuned to produce a class-leading 82 horsepower. This unmatched power is put to work with an all-new clutch and re-designed driveline. The Polaris designed, large-ratio clutch provides unmatched, low-speed drivability and features the strongest belt ever offered on Ranger. Additionally, redesigned under-hood air intakes and a new clutch cover provide increased air flow for cooler, longer-lasting belt life. Improved driveline geometry produces less friction for increased efficiency and a quieter ride. The Ranger XP 1000 turns power into productivity with 1,134kgs of towing capacity.
At the foundation of the Ranger XP 1000 is a more-rigid, one-piece chassis. The new chassis increases stiffness and reduces flex for a stronger, more-durable machine and improved ride. The industry-leading 27.9cm of suspension travel represents a 10 percent increase, further enhancing the legendary smooth ride that Ranger is known for. New 27-in tyres with cast aluminum rims provide a taller stance and 33cm of ground clearance. With 8.3 percent more ground clearance, the Ranger XP 1000 can conquer the toughest terrain, from the jobsite to the trail. Also found on the entire range of Ranger Utility SXS vehicles, VersaTrac is colloquially known as Turf Mode which enables the rear wheels to rotate independently of one another, allowing tighter turns and reduced “tearing” of delicate surfaces such as fine turf or compacted pathways. Switchable from the dash, drivers can toggle from Turf Mode to 2WD (locked rear diff) to AWD.
The new Ranger XP 1000’s all-new exterior design is inspired and a new distinct grill is positioned behind a massive front bumper designed for added protection in the toughest environments. The Ranger XP 1000 also features a new, full-body skid plate providing even-more rugged protection for increased durability. An all-new dumping cargo box carries 11.5 percent more volume and has welded steel corners for increased stiffness. Features such as exclusive Lock & Ride rails, eight stake pockets, molded in-box divider slots, and large, reinforced D-rings make it the most-versatile cargo box in the industry.
The Ranger XP 1000 is more refined, delivering the next level of fit, finish and attention to detail in a utility SxS. For precision handling, the vehicle has a reduced steering ratio and provides a tighter turning radius, and the new, front sway bar offers a more responsive ride and improved maneuverability. Low-speed clutch engagement provides a smooth ride and more control when loading, unloading, hooking up a trailer or navigating tight terrain. And now standard on all Ranger XP 1000 vehicles, the Polaris engine braking system ensures smooth, controlled descents on steep inclines with or without a load. The vehicle also features Three-Mode Throttle Control with Performance, Standard and Work modes for unparalleled control of the vehicle’s industry leading power. All this combines for a better driving experience, no matter the application.
The all-new interior of the Ranger XP 1000 has been completely redesigned around the operator, providing more comfort and convenience. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easier with 12.7cm more clearance. Once inside, the operator will notice more legroom and ultra-comfortable seats with 2.5 cm more bottom cushioning. An all-new, user-friendly dash layout features a new dual-sweep digital/analog gauge and four more accessory switch locations that are pre-wired. As a result, Polaris Engineered accessory installation is easier.
With new class-leading storage, the Ranger XP 1000 has room for anything needed for a day of riding or working. A massive, 12.9 litre in-dash tray, and large, truck-inspired, double glove boxes keep even the largest items secure. The new flip-up passenger seat offers maximum interior configurability and can hold cargo such as a 19 litre bucket or a cooler. The in-cab attention to detail can even be seen with the six cup holders, including handle cutouts for mugs.
Ranger has hundreds of available Polaris Engineered accessories for any work or recreation application, including cab systems, storage solutions, wheels and tyres, and more. The Ranger XP 1000 takes accessory integration to new heights with the new Polaris Pulse electrical system and Ranger Pro Shield cab system. Found under the hood, the Polaris Pulse electrical system allows for plug-and-play installation of Polaris Engineered powered accessories. Additionally, a Polaris Pulse bus bar can be added to the new Polaris Engineered Lock & Ride roofs for easy installation of additional lighting, audio and other powered accessories.
The all-new Ranger Pro Shield cab system provides a premium in-cab experience with less dust intrusion. New, exterior design features on the vehicle further enhance rider comfort by reducing dust in-cab. The cab system is fully customizable and features re-designed doors with crank or power windows, as well as half-doors. It also offers integrated accessory options such as an eight-vent heater and defrost system; windshield washer and wiper system; multi-function, removable cab light; heated seats; rearview mirrors; and more to provide the most-premium cab experience RANGER has ever offered.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.