While tractors dominated the headlines at Lamma, ATV makers have also been busy developing their vehicles, with several launches taking place at the show.
Just like its very, very, very big brother, the 9RX, the John Deere Gator UTV is also available with tracks.
The £3,750 option is supplied by the same firm, Camoplast, which produces the track units for the 9RX, albeit on a much smaller scale. And similar to the 9RX, benefits are said to include reduced ground pressure and less surface damage.
Seen here fitted to a Gator 850D, Camoplast says the tracks have no effect on the UTV’s payload, however, the track units do gear down final drive, reducing overall speed, but increase pulling and climbing performance.
In addition, the tracks provide a wider, longer and taller stance, with the overall effect of lowering the centre of gravity, says the manufacturer, making it more stable on slopes.
With 320 track kits available, Camoplast says it has a unit to fit pretty much any ATV, UTV or 4x4.
Updates to the Polaris diesel Ranger for 2016 include electronic power steering and active descent control.
Active descent control works by keeping the drivebelt under tension when the throttle is closed, instead of allowing the Ranger to freewheel. This provides a positive engine braking function when travelling downhill.
In addition, the system links the Ranger’s front and rear differentials to share traction, which avoids axle locking and loss of control – this is particularly beneficial, says Polaris, when towing a trailer downhill.
Clutch modulation has also been revised, says the firm, improving driveability. The diesel Ranger is priced from £11,899.
Linhai Industries is a new name in the UK’s utility vehicle sector, and it brings a Perkins-powered UTV to market, called the 800D.
The Chinese-built machine gets an 800cc, three-cylinder diesel engine rated at 27hp, and with T1 type approval, can be registered as a tractor.
UK boss Duncan Wildman says the firm has spent the last 12 months altering specification to suit UK users. “We can offer soft cab, hard cab with removable gull wing doors, winch, towbar, glass windscreen, roll frame and rear load cage,” he says. “And the 800D includes a three-year warranty.”
The firm expects to offer 500 and 750 models in the future, and has already appointed six dealers in the UK, as it seeks to establish a dealer network.
The Linhai 800D is priced at £9,999.
Kawasaki showed the four-seater Mule PRO-DXT, described as a redesign of the popular utility vehicle ‘from the ground up’ and due with dealers from February. Powered by a new 993cc four-stroke Yanmar diesel engine, which delivers 24hp, the Mule PRO-DXT has a towing capacity of 907kg.
More powerful headlights are complemented by auxiliary LED lamps and 12in rims with agricultural tyres can be specified. Half doors are fitted as standard for safety and to cut mud ingress, and hinged latching system quickly folds the rear seat forwards to give more cargo space – load capacity increases from 158kg to 453kg.
Hydraulic disc brakes are now fitted as standard to the front and rear and double wishbone suspension improves ride quality on uneven terrain; a flat undercarriage minimises the risk of grounding.
Other updates include power steering, electric 2/4wd selection and adjustable steering wheel.
Prices are from £12,329 with options including roof panel and windscreen or full cab.
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has added the Can-Am Outlander L PRO (pictured) to its ATV range featuring a new a Rotax engine.
Power units include the new 570cc V-Twin liquid cooled four-stroke 570 or the single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 427cc 450, both with electronic fuel injection.
A new higher position for the engine’s air intake system, CVT inlets and CVT exhaust, is designed to ensure the ATV’s air flow remains constant even in wet and muddy conditions.
In addition, its new 2016 Can-Am Defender utility vehicle is powered by new Rotax 50hp HD8 or 72hp HD10 V-Twin engines.
It features a new more rigid High-Strength, Low-Alloy (HSLA) grade steel chassis, selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front and rear differential and an electronic hill descent control.
The new model also features larger CVT ratios with work-specific low gears which activates an optimised ventilation system, improving belt durability and power transfer.
A new generation of Pro-Torq Transmission and heavy-duty Torsional Trailing A-arms (TTA-HD) are designed for an improved ride at low speeds.