Following last year’s complete overhaul of its utility ATV lineup, Polaris launches a major assault on the recreational segment with two new 2010 Ranger models and two Sportsman models, based on the extended XP chassis. In addition, the Trail Boss, Trail Blazer and Scrambler 4x4 all receive a facelift and some important upgrades.
XP: the chassis of the future according to Polaris
A strong, light and properly dimensioned chassis provides the basis for a stable, comfortable, safe and effective ATV over all types of terrain. The original XP chassis from Polaris enjoys a stellar reputation and we can expect the new, extended version to provide an equally satisfying experience on the new Sportsman models.
|The new Sportsman 550 Touring look great, with 14-inch aluminum rims, an aggressive front end and cozy passenger backrest.
New 2010 Sportsman 850 Touring, 550 Touring and 550 X2
These three machines offer the many benefits of the XP chassis, including a fully-independent double A-arm suspension, new 14-inch cast aluminum wheels, new “Lock & Ride” front and rear cargo racks, a total load capacity of 165 kilos, as well as an available electric power steering (EPS). Ground clearance increases from 279 to 305 millimetres, and suspension travel goes from 208 to 229 millimetres up front and from 222 to 260 millimetres in the back.
Polaris also introduces two new powertrains with this trio. The 550-cc single-cylinder generates 40 horsepower, while the 850-cc twin-cylinder cranks out 70 ponies. A new CVT mounted underneath the passenger seat distributes power using an On-Demand AWD/2WD system along with Active Descent Control (ADC) and variable Engine Braking (EBS).
These new longitudinally-mounted powertrains make for narrower ATVs, which means more legroom for the rider and passenger.
Major revision of the Scrambler 4X4
Introduced more than 15 years ago, the Scrambler had only new colors and graphics along with some minor suspension upgrades to show for in terms of evolution.
However, for 2010, Polaris finally went ahead with a major redesign. The Mad Max look of the previous model gives way to a much cleaner and sleeker design inspired from pure sport ATVs like the brand’s Outlaw.
|As we can see from the gas cap on the left side of the machine, the fuel tank is now mounted low in front, between the front suspension and the motor. This lowers the center of gravity and contributes to mass centralization, and thus sharper handling.