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2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS Preview


by Guillaume Rivard ,

Fully intent on crushing every other premium utility side-by-side vehicle in the industry, Polaris returns with a next-generation Ranger XP for 2013. Expect this one to redefine the company's “Hardest Working, Smoothest Riding” motto, bringing even more muscle and capability to the trail.

All-new chassis

The 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 boasts a new “centre spine” chassis with greater rigidity and a 5” longer wheelbase. There's also 1” of extra rear suspension travel for a class-leading 10” of travel. Add 12” of ground clearance, and you get the smoothest, most stable ride in Ranger history, Polaris claims.

Of course, there's no overlooking the available Electric Power Steering (EPS), which will greatly reduce steering effort, even with added weight on the front (like a heavy plow).

All-new engine
The fuel-injected ProStar 900 engine produces 60 horsepower (10 more than the ProStar 800) and class-leading torque, although it should be noted that the same 875cc unit delivers 88 hp in the sportier RZR XP 900. The 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900's new engine management system also contributes to smooth acceleration, reduced vibration, and greater fuel economy.

Together with the transmission and drivetrain (featuring the strongest belt ever in a Ranger), the 4-stroke, DOHC twin-cylinder is now located under the cargo bed to keep the cabin quieter and cooler. True on-demand AWD/2WD with VersaTrac Turf Mode is part of the mix, too.

And the rest...
Other upgrades to the 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 include the revolutionary Pro-Fit Cab (installation and removal can be done in just a few minutes), and 25% brighter headlights that offer more than 100 feet of additional visibility in nighttime operation. Look for a 1,500 lb payload, and 2,000 lb towing capacity.

Polaris has yet to announce a 4-passenger Crew version of the Ranger XP 900, but that may come soon enough. In the meantime, the 2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 is available in three base trim levels (starting at $14,799), as well as four limited edition models (starting at $15,699). EPS is a $1,100 option.

2013 Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS
Photo: Polaris