Polaris unveils four new Rangers and ATVs for 2012


Polaris Industries unveiled today its 2012 four-wheeler lineup, including the second trail-capable RZR model, the Ranger RZR 570, and the Ranger Crew Diesel. Polaris also revealed the new 850 Twin, EFI, High Output engine available in the Sportsman XP 850 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 850 H.O.

In addition, Polaris updated several models.

“Our new 2012 product line builds on the momentum we’ve established during the past year,” said Bennett Morgan, president and chief operating officer of Polaris. “Polaris has always pushed to be the best in powersports, and we have no intentions of letting off the throttle going forward.”

Polaris unveiled its 2012 product lineup to dealers at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., during the company’s annual summer sales meeting. Polaris claimed that while most companies retreated, it grew its business to become No. 1 in the off-road vehicle industry with the broadest and most complete lineup of ATV and side-by-side offerings available.

Since 2008, Polaris has introduced a new Ranger RZR model every year. This year’s it’s the new Ranger RZR 570. At 50 inches wide, the model is the second trail-capable model in the RZR family.

At the heart of the RZR 570 is an all-new ProStar 570 single-cylinder, DOHC, electronic-fuel-injected engine. The engine is the second in the ProStar family, made specifically for side-by-sides, complementing the Polaris-designed and -assembled powertrain. Built with the patented design that places the engine behind the seat, theRZR 570 has a low center of gravity delivering agile, razor-sharp handling.

For 2012, the multi-passenger lineup gets a new member with the Ranger Crew Diesel. The model will have all the attributes of the Ranger CREW 800 but with an ISO-mounted YANMAR diesel power plant. New in the full-size segment for 2012, the Ranger HD 800 will be equipped with the Polaris Engine Braking System (EBS) for downhill control and smooth, even deceleration during descents. Polaris also will offer several limited-edition models across each segment, including Ranger XP 800, 500 EFI and Crew 800 models.

Additionally, this past January, Polaris introduced a whole new class of side-by-side, the Ranger RZR XP 900. The 2012 version will feature a redesigned front suspension for increased maneuverability at slow speeds, adjustable Fox 2.0 shocks and a rubber-isolated prop shaft for less noise.

Features found on the RZR XP 900 that will be added to the RZR 800, RZR S 800 and RZR 4 800 include a more durable, zinc front drive cage, a durable dual clutch inlet, improved fit and finish in the cockpit and a 33-percent-thicker skid plate. Several RZR XP 900, RZR 800, RZR S 800 and RZR 4 800 limited-edition models also will be available.

For 2012, Polaris will have more powerful big-bore ATVs with the introduction of the new 850 Twin, EFI, High Output engine. The engine delivers 20 percent more power off the line and will be available in the Sportsman XP 850 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 850 H.O.

The Sportsman 800 EFI, Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800, Sportsman 500 H.O. and Sportsman 400 H.O. all receive integrated front storage for 2012.

Changes in the 2-Up Segment include the Sportsman Touring 500 H.O. also receiving integrated front storage.

To complement these vehicles, Polaris will offer several limited-edition models across the premium, value and 2-Up lines, including the Sportsman XP 850 EPS, Touring 850 H.O., 550 EPS and 500 H.O. models.

To support the model year 2012 launch, Pure Polaris introduced 150-plus new accessories for off-road vehicles. Headlining the class is the new Polaris HD 2500 lb. winch. Polaris claims the winch is the most tested winch ever from any manufacturer. “That testing produced the most durable winch in the market, one that’s quieter and performs better than any competitors,” the company claimed.

Also new this year is the Sno-Glide Plow Blade, the first UHMW scoop blade with a 66-inch scoop, and with a blade that flexes instead of bending. For side-by-side riders needing to escape the elements, Polaris has an expanded lineup of Pro-Steel cabs.

Posted by Arlo Redwine