Polaris Shows Off 2018 Models
Polaris Shows Off 2018 Models
A couple of days ago Polaris rolled out its 2018 machines for all the World to see, and this included many small changes, model improvements, price point changes, and a completely redesigned Ranger XP 1000. The internet and social media has been “a buzz” about the fact there is not a new RZR model as of yet in the model release, with many anticipating a brand new RZR to compete directly with the Maverick X3 from Can-Am. There is some new technology on the RZR Turbo called Ride Dynamix that we will cover below. Here is a summary of the changes for the 2018 model lineup.
Ranger- Ranger models outsell all of the competitive UTV models somewhere in the range of ten-to-one, and Polaris sells more Rangers than RZRs by a bunch. This means updating the Ranger on a regular schedule is pretty darn important! This brings us to the completely redesigned Ranger XP 1000 EPS. This flagship of the Polaris Ranger lineup offers 82 horsepower, 2500 Lbs towing, a redesigned cab with storage and cup holders everywhere, and new styling. It looks pretty good if we do say so. There is also a 1-year factory warranty on all Rangers starting in 2018.
RZR- Though there are some minor improvements in the RZR lineup, there is no new RZR Turbo model as many expected. Realistically, a new RZR every year is just not sustainable despite the trend Polaris has set in the last few years. The biggest “new” item for the RZR lineup is a new suspension technology called DYNAMIX. DYNAMIX is a suspension system working with the FOX shocks that adjusts itself 200 times a second (yes, a second) to the riding conditions automatically for the best ride and handling possible for the terrain. This technology has been around on vehicles for several years, particularly on luxury brands. DYNAMIX can be controlled via the RIDE COMMAND screen, and is a rather “best thing since sliced bread” technology that should be pretty fantastic on the trails. The driver can also set the system to three different settings: Comfort, Sport, and Firm. We particularly like the fact the RZR knows when you are in the air and adjusts the shocks to full-dampen for the landing. That is pretty cool. Below is a video with more details about DYNAMIX. We have a ride coming up to test this system (we think) and will get back to you with what we thought. The starting price on the RZR XP 1000 has dropped to $17,999, and RZR XP and Turbo models are generally $2000 dollars less than 2017.
GENERAL- No big changes for GENERAL this year, other than some special edition models and packages. We really like the the new LE edition featuring custom military-themed graphics on Matte Sagebrush Green automotive-style paint, cut and sew leather-like custom seats, and a Lock & Ride Tip-Down Headache Rack. It just looks good don’t you think?
Sportsman ATVs- There is really no big changes in the ATV department apart from the small comfort changes such as side panels. There is an improved engagement point for the EBS system, and 50-percent stronger half-shafts and new joints in the driveline. Another welcome change is the adjusted EPS for the Sportsman 850 and XP 1000 making it offer less assist. We noticed this on our ride last year, and am glad Polaris addressed this.
ACE- There are no new ACE models for 2018, though there are now only three models available: ACE 500, ACE 500 EPS, and ACE 900 XC. The ACE 500 EPS now comes standard with a dual-a-arm suspension rather than strut setup, quarter doors, and integrated and removable storage lid and bin. Comfort improvements include mud guards, seat slider, and 4-point harness mounts.
There you have it! You can find out more details on polaris.com, though we have hit the high points. Stay tuned for tests and videos of the 2018 models lineup.