For the 2011 model year, Polaris introduces machines with advanced features and configurations.
New to the Ranger utility vehicle lineup is the midsize Ranger 500 EFI (electronic fuel injection), a four-person Ranger Crew 500 and the Ranger Diesel.
The Ranger 500 EFI is built with the same two-seat chassis as the Ranger 400 but with a 499-cc EFI engine and full instrumentation. The 500 EFI engine provides 32 hp for a top speed of 44 mph. The smaller chassis allows the vehicle to fit in the back of a pickup, while still offering a 1,250-lb. towing and 1,000-lb. total payload capacity. Price: $8,999 to $9,399.
In addition, Polaris is offering a Ranger Crew 500 with the same features as the side-by-side but with room for four passengers. Price: $9,999 to $10,399.
The Ranger Diesel is the company’s first entry into the diesel utility vehicle market.
The side-by-side is housed on a full-size chassis (the same as Ranger XP 800 EFI) and powered by a 904-cc, three-cylinder diesel engine, which is rubber-mounted to transfer minimal vibration to the operator. This gives the vehicle a top speed of 35 mph. The Diesel powertrain provides 30% better fuel economy than gas models, as well as the largest fuel tank in its class. A fully sealed, fixed-center distance clutch driveline keeps the clutches dry when traveling through water. The Ranger Diesel also includes a 55-amp alternator and boasts 1-ton towing, 1,500-lb. payload and seating for three adults. Price: $12,999.
In the ATV category, Polaris is updating the styling and performance of the Sportsman 800 EFI, Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800, Sportsman 400 H.O., Sportsman 500 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 500 H.O. The models feature a new look that also raises the front radiator. The 400 H.O. also includes a restyled chassis. All models feature an improved drivetrain with a quieter, more efficient transition for smoother operation.
The Sportsman 800 EFI features an improved weight bias due to the engine being moved rearward more than 3", resulting in better steering and handling. The Sportsman XP 850, Sportsman 550, Sportsman Touring 850, Sportsman Touring 550 and Sportsman X2 550 all have improved engine braking with more user-friendly engagement, improved splash protection and a new vinyl seat for less slip. Price range for the Sportsman models: $7,399 to $11,999.