It looks like a new ATV is in works from BRP for 2016 – the Can-Am Outlander MAX 1000 6X6 XT.
All we know about the vehicle is that it was certified by the California Air Resources Board (click here to see the document) and features the same 976cc Rotax engine found in the rest of the Outlander 1000 family. According to the certification document, the engine produces 82 horsepower.
Judging by its name, we assume this is a two-up version of the current Outlander 1000 6X6 XT. That model is the workhorse of the Outlander family, featuring a cargo bed that can haul up to 700 pounds and a front rack that can hold an additional 100 pounds. It also has the ability to tow up to 1,650 pounds.
Having the ability to bring an extra person with you when you’ve got to load and unload a ton of cargo is a huge benefit. You get much of the same performance you’d find in a UTV in a smaller package. In fact, the Outlander 1000 6×6 can hold more weight in its cargo bed than any Can-Am UTV.
The only other two-up ATV with a cargo bed currently on the market is the Polaris Sportsman X2 570. However, when the second seat is up in the X2, you lose much of the cargo space in the bed. As well, that bed holds 400 pounds and the engine produces 44 horsepower, compared to 700 pounds and 82 horsepower in the Outlander 6×6. On the other hand, the X2 retails for $9,699, while the Outlander 6X6 starts at $15,549 (plus about $1,000 for the two-up 6X6 MAX).
Stay tuned for more information on this and other 2016 Can-Am vehicles as we find it.