Flagship Ranger gets 13% power boost
Polaris has upgraded its flagship Ranger XP for 2015 with a 13% power increase. As well, Polaris has made modest changes to the 2015 Ranger 900 CREW.
“The Ranger XP 900 is one of the most sought after vehicles in the line due to its wide range of capabilities that benefit recreational riders, hunters and farmers,” says Craig Scanlon, general manager for Polaris Side-by-Side Vehicles. “Adding more power to the 2015 RANGER XP 900 increases the vehicle’s versatility so it can not only play harder but work harder.”
Introduced for Model Year 2013, the original Ranger XP 900 saw the ProStar 900 engine make its way to Polaris’ Utility Side-by-Side family. It also featured an all-new chassis, newly restyled cockpit, more suspension, new flip-up seat storage, Pro-Fit cab system and a larger gas tank.
For 2015, the Ranger XP 900 will feature a recalibrated, high output ProStar 900 engine that churns out 68 horsepower, an eight horsepower gain. Polaris says new intake openings, on the pillars behind the driver and passenger, allow for improved airflow for the engine and clutch air intake systems. For a new look, the vehicles also feature redesigned headrests and new graphics packages and colors.
Polaris has also made changes to the Ranger CREW 900 as part of its early launch for Model Year 2015. Surprisingly, the Ranger CREW 900 does not receive the same power upgrade as its two-seat sibling – it still produces 60 horsepower from its ProStar 900 engine. However, Polaris says it does feature the improved air intake openings, redesigned headrests and new graphics packages and colors.
We asked Polaris why the Ranger 900 CREW did not receive the more powerful engine and were told that the two models serve different purposes. According to Polaris, one of the top reasons consumers buy the Ranger XP 900 is its power. In contrast, Polaris says the number one reason consumers buy the Ranger CREW 900 is its seating capacity. While that makes sense, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Ranger CREW 900 (just one year old) get a power boost in the next year or two.
The Ranger XP 900 and Ranger CREW 900 will be available in Sage Green and Solar Red, with a Ranger XP 900 also available in Polaris Pursuit Camo. The Ranger XP 900 EPS will be available in Sage Green, Solar Red, Sunset Red, Super Steel Gray, White Lightning, Black Pearl and Hunter Edition. The Ranger CREW 900 EPS will be available in Sunset Red, Super Steel Gray, White Lightning and Polaris Pursuit Camo.
Prices start at $13,399 for the 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900 ($14,399 for EPS) and $14,399 for the 2015 Polaris Ranger CREW 900 ($16,199 for EPS). All vehicles will be in dealerships in June.