2015 Polaris Off-Road Lineup Preview

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
Polaris unveils host of new machines in every segment

Polaris is swinging for the fences again for the 2015 model year with its biggest off-road lineup ever. New and updated vehicles can be found throughout the RZR, Ranger and Sportsman families.

Polaris RZR Lineup

While Polaris announced a power boost in its 2015 RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP 4 1000 a few weeks ago, that was just a taste test of the changes to the RZR lineup for 2015.

The Polaris RZR was the only 50-inch Sport Side-by-Side in the industry for years before the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail showed up last year with nearly 10 more horsepower. Polaris has answered that challenge with the new 2015 RZR 900 ($12,799), which features a 75 hp ProStar 900 engine. The new ProStar powerplant offers more than 40 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque than the previous RZR 800 models.

2015 RZR 900 Action

2015 RZR 900

Other features include dual A-arm front and rear suspension with 11 in. ground clearance and 10 in. of front and rear travel, 26 in. PXT tires, stiffer chassis, stiffer steering wheel, quarter doors, flow-through tongue seat belt, larger 9.6 gal. fuel tank, LED floor lighting, blue back-lighted instrument cluster, center storage area, bigger glove box and standard engine braking, EPS and Turf mode on the RZR 900 EPS Trail Edition ($14,799). Newly designed seats with improved bolstering and more hip cushioning help complete the package. LE models will offer a driver-side seat slider for tool-less seat adjustment.

Also new for 2015 is the RZR S 900 ($14,699/$16,499 EPS), which is outfitted with the same 75 hp ProStar 900 engine, as well as dual A-arm front and rear suspension with 12.25 in. front and 13.2 in. rear suspension travel to go along with 12.5 in. of ground clearance. In addition to all the RZR 900 features, the RZR S 900 is also outfitted with eight-ply, 27 in. GBC Dirt Commander tires.

2015 RZR S 900 Action

2015 RZR S 900

The RZR 900 will be offered in White Lightning and Polaris Pursuit Camo. The RZR 900 Trail Edition will be available in Black Pearl and Sunset Red. The 55 in. RZR 900 XC Edition ($17,299) with EPS, EBS, Turf Mode, 27 in. GBC Dirt Commanders on 14 in. Vader Rims, wide fender flares, FOX Performance Series – 2.0 Podium X shocks, 12.5 in. of ground clearance, LED Headlights, Interactive Digital Display and bowed doors will feature Stealth Black. The RZR S 900 will be offered in White Lightning with the EPS models including Havasu Red Pearl, Black Pearl and Titanium Matte Metallic.

2015 RZR 900 XC

2015 RZR 900 XC

Also new for 2015 is the first RZR mud machine – the RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition ($23,499). To tackle the mud, Polaris reduced the gearing for more mud-specific torque and added a heavy-duty reverse chain. To ensure the powerplant breathes, the unit features high engine air and clutch intakes and outlet. Other features include redesigned front axles, stiffer suspension springs, higher-clearance lower A-arms and radius rods, mud-specific Walker Evans shocks, 29.5 in. High Lifter Outlaw II tires and standard EPS. Polaris also equipped the vehicle with lower half doors, 4,500 lb winch with synthetic rope and integrated in-dash switches, rear-view mirror and a specially designed brushguard that provides higher access to the included winch. For added protection from muddy conditions and easier cleaning, the vehicle sports an improved drainage skid plate, custom powder-coated chassis, and sealed switches, fuse box and battery.

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2015 RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition

For the desert community, Polaris is offering the 2015 RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition. This unit features high-clearance A-arms and radius rods, 18 in. rear and 16 in. front suspension travel, 13 in. of ground clearance and 15 in. beadlock wheels with 30 in. GBC Mongrel tires. Desert riding conditions can be tough so Polaris outfitted the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition with a HMW skid plate, spare tire and mount and body protection. Six-point seatbelts, roof, PRP seats, cargo box and LED light bar complete the package.

2015 RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition Action

2015 RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition

On the technology side, Polaris is launching a new Interactive Digital Display on the RZR XP 1000 Desert Edition and RZR 900 XC Edition. The full-color, 4.3 in. LCD display provides riders with vehicle performance, operating conditions, riding conditions and Bluetooth capabilities. The vehicle diagnostics displays fault codes and descriptions with some corrective actions. The GPS connectivity offers exact location information including elevation, latitude and longitude, compass and the ability to record the driver’s route and save waypoints so the trails can be found anytime. The trail and mapping information also can be updated through RiderX.com to ensure the most up-to-date information. To stay connected, the display offers Smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth to view incoming texts, missed calls, phone battery life and cell signal strength. The new Interactive Digital Display also will be available as an accessory for other models.

Polaris Ranger Lineup

For Model Year 2015, Polaris boasts that 75% of its Ranger lineup has received performance upgrades and restyling based on the line’s flagship vehicle, the Ranger XP 900.

New for 2015, the cab frame on the Ranger two-passenger vehicles features profile tubing, providing a 360-degree sealing surface for every cab component.

2015 RANGER 570 Action

2015 RANGER 570

Launched for Model Year 2014, the two-passenger Ranger 570 ($9,799) offered a 40 hp liquid-cooled, single-cylinder ProStar 570 EFI engine. In 2015 the vehicle now boasts 44 horsepower and 20 percent more towing capacity (now at 1,500 lbs). The two-passenger bench seat has been improved for increased comfort, and a full 10 in. of tilt steering adjustment now comes standard. The base Raner 570 features new in-dash and behind-seat storage, plus a larger glove box and more convenient cup holder locations. The Bronze Mist painted model with EPS ($11,499) also features 6.9 gal. of under-seat storage.

Two-seat Rangers will be available with three power options, Ranger 570, Ranger EV ($11,299) and the new Ranger ETX ($8,699).

The Ranger ETX features a 31 hp, electronic fuel injected (EFI) ProStar engine and will be available in Sage Green and White Lightning. The Ranger 570 and Ranger Crew 570 ($10,799) will be offered in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris Pursuit Camo, with a Bronze Mist EPS two-seat version and Sunset Red EPS four-seat version. The Ranger EV will be available in Avalanche Gray and Polaris Pursuit Camo.

2015 RANGER ETX White


Also new for 2015, Polaris will offer three power options in the Ranger XP platform, an upgraded 68 hp Ranger XP 900 ($13,399), new Ranger 570 Full-Size ($11,299) and the Ranger Diesel ($13,799), now with a Kohler Diesel Engine. The Full-Size Ranger Crew platform also will add a 570 engine ($10,799) and Diesel ($14,999) option.

For 2015, all full-size Ranger vehicles will receive new intake openings on the pillars behind the driver and passenger, allowing for improved airflow for the engine and clutch air intake systems.

The Ranger XP 900 will be available in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris Pursuit Camo. The Ranger XP 900 EPS models include Sage Green, Solar Red, Sunset Red, Super Steel Gray, White Lightning, Black Pearl, Hunter, Vogue Silver Deluxe, NorthStar Deluxe Edition and Hunter Deluxe Edition. The Ranger 570 Full-Size is available in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris Pursuit Camo with an EPS model offered in Turbo Silver. The Ranger Diesel is offered in Sage Green. The Ranger 6×6 ($12,599) will continue to be offered as a 2014 model in Sage Green and Avalanche Gray. The 2014 Ranger Diesel HST ($15,199) and Deluxe HST ($20,999) also will be offered in Sage Green.

2015 RANGER Diesel Action

2015 RANGER Diesel

Similar to the full-size Ranger vehicles, the full-size multi-passenger line also will have three power options in the full-size Ranger Crew platform. In addition to the 60 hp Ranger Crew 900 with seating for five, Polaris will offer the 40 horsepower Ranger Crew 570 Full-Size with seating for six, and the six-seat Ranger Crew Diesel.

In addition to the Model Year 2015 lineup, Polaris is introducing three new Deluxe Package Ranger XP 900 EPS models: the Ranger XP 900 EPS Vogue Silver Deluxe ($16,999) for the trail, Ranger XP 900 EPS Hunter Deluxe Edition ($20,799) for hunting and Ranger XP 900 EPS NorthStar Deluxe Edition ($21,299) for cold weather and work.

The Ranger XP 900 EPS Vogue Silver Deluxe will feature Vogue Silver paint, half doors, Silver and Black Cut-and-Sew bucket seats, premium steering wheel, center console, Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and the new Interactive Digital Display.

For the extreme hunter, Polaris is offering the Ranger XP 900 EPS Hunter Deluxe Edition dressed in Polaris Pursuit Camo with matching PRO-FIT camouflage cab and half doors. The cab comes complete with a glass tip-out windshield and a rear glass panel. Other features include front and rear brush guards, nerf bars, standard EPS and Engine Breaking System (EBS), 4,500 lb Polaris HD winch, heated seats and a Lock & Ride Box and Gun Scabbards.

2015 RANGER XP 900 Hunter Deluxe

2015 RANGER XP 900 Hunter Deluxe

To tackle the extreme cold, the Ranger XP 900 EPS NorthStar Edition is outfitted with heated seats and a full cab. With its full PRO-FIT cab, fixed-glass windshield, rear glass panel, heater with defrost and heated seats, Polaris says operators can work in even the most-extreme cold. Other features include windshield wipers, dome light and rear view mirror.

Polaris Sportsman Lineup

For Model Year 2015, the Sportsman line adds six new vehicles and redefines its premium and value offerings.

New to the Premium Line for 2015 are the Sportsman XP 1000 ($11,999) and Sportsman Touring XP 1000 ($13,299). The vehicles are powered by the 88 hp ProStar single overhead cam 1000 Twin engine. The fuel-injected big bore engine features a 270-degree offset crankshaft and dual balance shafts. Other features include a new high-performance, close-ratio, On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, standard EPS and Polaris’ Engine Braking System (EBS) with Active Descent Control (ADC).

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2015 Sportsman XP 1000

For a smoother ride on the Sportsman Touring XP 1000, the unit features an improved driver and passenger seat with more contour and bolstering. Both units benefit from 1,500 lbs of towing capacity and the biggest rack capacity at 120 lbs front and 240 lbs rear with a total of 100 built-in, tie-down points. Also standard are a Polaris HD 2500 lb winch, new plow accessory integration and new headlight pod with improved visibility to instrumentation.

The Sportsman XP 1000 will be available in Black Pearl Metallic Paint and Polaris Pursuit Camo. The Sportsman Touring XP 1000 will be available in Bronze Mist Paint.

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2015 Sportsman XP 1000 Camo

Polaris expands the 500 class for 2015 by adding two premium models – the Sportsman 570 SP ($8,499) and Sportsman Touring 570 SP ($9,299). The vehicles’ double A-arm front suspension has optimized geometry for the standard EPS and feature 8.25 in. of travel. Other features include On-Demand, True AWD, EBS with ADC, 660W of electrical output, new headlight pod, winch and plow integration, automotive paint and cast aluminum 14 in. rims with 26 in. Maxxis tires.

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2015 Sportsman 570 SP

The Sportsman 570 SP will be available in Sunset Red, Titanium Matte Metallic and a fully-loaded Hunter Edition ($9,299), and the Sportsman Touring 570 SP in Sunset Red and Blue Fire. Rounding out the Premium ATV line will be the Sportsman 850 SP ($9,999) featuring EPS, Close-Ratio, On-Demand, True AWD and the new headlight pod, in Sunset Red or Titanium Matte Metallic, and Scrambler XP 1000 with EPS in White Lightning.

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2015 Sportsman Touring 570 SP

Joining the Value 2-Up 500 class is the new Sportsman X2 570 ($9,699), which features the same chassis as the Sportsman Touring 570 EPS only with a 400 lb. dump box that seconds as a passenger seat and flips up in seconds. The unit also features EPS to reduce rider fatigue and enable riders to work harder, longer.

2015 Sportsman X2 570 Studio

2015 Sportsman X2 570

The Sportsman X2 570 will be available in Sage Green and Indy Red. Also available in the 2-Up Value Line will be the Sportsman Touring 570 ($7,699) in Sage Green and the Sportsman Touring 570 EPS ($8,599) in Bright White.

Also new to the Value Line for 2015 is the Sportsman ETX ($5,899), which sports the Sportsman 570 chassis but with a smaller and lower profile. At the heart of the Sportsman ETX is a 30 horsepower, Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) ProStar engine featuring an internal counter-balance shaft. The unit also features integrated winch and plow mounts. The Sportsman ETX will be available in Sage Green and Blue Fire.

2015 ProStar ETX Engine

2015 ProStar ETX Engine

Sportsman ACE Lineup

This past January, Polaris introduced the Sportsman ACE ($7,499), which features a sit-in chassis. Think of it as a cross between a Sportsman ATV and a one-seat UTV.

The Sportsman ACE debuted with the 32 horsepower ProStar Electronic Fuel Injected engine – the one now found in all the new ETX models. Now Polaris is offering a second model – the Sportsman ACE 570 ($8,499). This model has all the features of the original with the addition of more power provided by a 45 hp, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder ProStar 570 engine.

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2015 Sportsman ACE 570

The Sportsman ACE 570 will be available in White Lightning and Voodoo Blue.

Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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