Ranger Crew family expands and ProStar 570 engine finds a new home
As much as we like to hear about the latest high-speed Sport UTV, consumers buy a whole lot more Utility Side-by-Sides and Polaris is very much aware of this. For 2014, Polaris introduced a number of new and updated Ranger utility vehicles to its stable.
Starting at the top, all the benefits of the Ranger XP 900 we reviewed last year can now be found on the all-new, multi-passenger Ranger Crew 900.
As its name suggests, the Ranger Crew 900 is powered by the 60-horsepower ProStar 900 engine – a significant step up from the 760cc inline Twin it replaces. More than just horsepower, the Ranger Crew 900 has the ability to tow a ton, features a new high capacity battery and stator, and offers integrated Lock & Ride PRO-FIT cab accessories.
A restyled cab and more rigid chassis compliment the new powerplant. The completely redesigned cockpit fits five people more comfortably and comes outfitted with a new center console with added storage and cup holders. An all-new chassis is more rigid, with increased torsional stiffness. According to Polaris, this delivers a smoother ride, low vibration and the ability to tackle anything that stands in its way. The Ranger Crew 900 is available with or without electronic power steering and features 5.0 in. more wheelbase, 1.0 in. more rear suspension travel (10.0 in. of front and rear travel available) and 11.3 in. of ground clearance.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the Polaris Ranger XP 900
Other features include adjustable driver’s seat in LE models, tilt steering, brighter lighting, driver’s side fuel access, and new center console with integrated storage.
Ranger 570 and Ranger Crew 570
Also new for 2014 are the midsize Ranger 570 EFI and Ranger Crew 570 EFI. These vehicles come with On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive with VersaTrac, independent rear suspension, high ground clearance and the longest suspension travel (8.0 in. front/9.0 in. rear) in their classes with the addition of a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 570 engine delivering 40 horsepower – a 25% increase over previous models.
Both the new midsize Rangers come with a larger stator delivering 29% more electrical power, 500 lb. bed capacity, 1250 lb. towing capacity, rear dump box with gas assist and Lock & Ride cargo system. Best of all, the Ranger 570 EFI fits in the bed of many trucks.
COMPARISON: Read our review of the Polaris RZR 570
Also new for 2014, the midsize and midsize multi-passenger limited edition models will feature electronic power steering for the first time. They include the Ranger 800 EPS Midsize, Ranger 570 EPS and Ranger CREW 570 EPS models. Other limited edition models offered for 2014 include the Ranger XP 900 EPS, Ranger 800 EPS and Ranger Crew 900 EPS.
The rest of the Ranger lineup includes the Ranger 800 Midsize, Ranger 400, Ranger EV, Ranger Creew 800, Ranger Crew Diesel, Ranger XP 900, Ranger XP 900 EPS, Ranger 800 EFI, Ranger 6×6 800 and Ranger Diesel.