Ranger range expanding

by Andy Bryenton

The Polaris Ranger has long been a favourite on Kiwi farms, for its combination of good fuel economy and utilitarian power. Now the range is expanding, offering new options for the rural trade, which include more power — and more practicality.

The Polaris Ranger 570 is an exercise in ticking all the boxes. Polaris engineers have gone for the superlatives here, ensuring that they can claim best in class payload, engine power, and towing capacity.

The heart of the beast is a 44 horsepower, 567cc single cylinder four-stroke, once again set low in the frame for maximum ground clearance.

Polaris have added power steering to this already popular package, and the bigger, more accommodating 570 model is available with a suite of enhancements to make it fit for many different purposes.

For those who want even more room and load space, the 570 mill is available in a ‘full size’ three seater frame.

The same could be said for its forthcoming bigger brother — Polaris have long established dominance in the sport section of the market with their big, brutal RZR series, tearing up the track in such events as the ORANZ off-road championships and even the gruelling Baja rally in North America.

Now a Ranger with the same displacement takes the field, with a list of over 100 improvements gleaned from customer feedback.

Doubling the horsepower of the 570, the Ranger 1000 is uncompromising, and while it may in fact exceed the amount of sheer grunt needed for regular farm work, those who face particularly tough conditions or who need to lug massive loads will find a reliable friend in this new iteration of the Ranger. With field days nearly here, local Polaris dealerships are preparing for a busy season.

They will be there in force with a whole range of machines on offer, from the evergreen Ranger 570 through to the General, the Ace and the Sportsman quad bike range.

There’s a reason these are familiar names around farms!