The RANGER line, with its flagship RANGER XP 800 model, continues to be the leading Side-by-Side brand in the world due to hardest working attributes such as powerful engines, On-Demand True All-Wheel drive, monstrous towing and large dump boxes coupled with smoothest riding features such as Independent Rear Suspension, high ground clearance and superior ergonomics.

For Model Year 2012, Polaris continues to build on the success of the RANGER brand with the addition of the Polaris Engine Braking System (EBS) on the RANGER HD 800 and the introduction of the new RANGER CREW Diesel.

The RANGER HD 800 is the pure utility work horse of the RANGER full-size line with its self-leveling, Nivomat® rear shocks, Electronic Power Steering and all the attributes that made RANGER the Hardest Working, Smoothest Riding vehicles on the market. For 2012, the RANGER HD 800 brings the addition of Polaris’ Engine Braking System (EBS) to make it work even harder. The Polaris EBS controls downhill braking to give you optimum control and smooth, even deceleration during descents, making carrying large loads even easier. For 2012, the RANGER HD 800 will be available in Sage Green.

Other full-size models offered for 2012 include the RANGER XP 800 in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris® Pursuit Camo; the RANGER XP 800 EPS in Sage Green and Solar Red; the RANGER Diesel in Sage Green; and the RANGER 6×6 800 in Sage Green and Solar Red. The RANGER XP 800 Limited Editions include Magnetic Metallic, Pearl White, Boardwalk Blue and the first-ever RANGER XP 800 with a shock package, the RANGER XP 800 Walker Evans edition. The RANGER XP 800 EPS Limited Editions include Sunset Red and Browning Edition Pursuit.

In 2011, Polaris entered the diesel Side- by-Side segment, with the introduction of the new RANGER Diesel. The RANGER Diesel shared the same full-size chassis as the RANGER XP 800 with the same attributes that made the RANGER line the hardest working, smoothest riding vehicles on the market. For 2012, Polaris is introducing its second diesel model and third vehicle to its multi-passenger line up, the RANGER CREW Diesel.

The RANGER CREW Diesel shares the same 904cc, three-cylinder YANMAR® diesel engine as the RANGER Diesel, with the ability to carry six adults in total comfort. The engine is rubber-mounted to transfer minimal vibration to the operator, and provides low-speed torque to work harder. The fully-sealed, fixed center distance clutch driveline keeps water out of the clutches and provides better performance than competitive models. RANGER CREW Diesel’s work ethic also includes a 55 amp alternator that gives the operator the ability to run many hard working, higher electrical load accessories, such as plows, extra lights, cab heaters and fans at the same time. It boasts a monstrous one-ton towing to tackle the toughest jobs and comes standard with a 2-inch hitch receiver to tow accessories with ease. Its 1,000 lb/454.5 kg capacity rear dump box has gas-assist dumping operation and accommodates many hard- working PURE Polaris accessories that go on and off in seconds.

RANGER Side-by-Sides are known to be the Smoothest Riding vehicles on the market and the RANGER CREW Diesel is no exception. Its long wheelbase combined with its fully-adjustable suspension creates a very smooth ride, even when fully-loaded. The vehicle’s suspension is the only four-corner adjustable suspension system that features Dual A-Arms with exclusive top-mounting-point adjustability. For recreational riding, the user can adjust to a softer setting or adjust stiffer for heavy-duty work. With a suspension travel of 9.6 in/24.4 cm up front, 9 in/22.9 cm in the rear and a ground clearance of 11.5 in/29.2 cm, the RANGER CREW Diesel provides a very comfortable ride.

To complement the suspension and travel, the RANGER CREW Diesel features On- Demand True All-Wheel Drive with VersaTrac that keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to two-wheel drive when you don’t. When in two-wheel drive, the VersaTrac Turf Mode switch unlocks the rear differential for easier, tighter turns that won’t tear up the grass.

Inside the cab, the vehicle has the ability to carry six adults comfortably due to its superior comfort and ergonomics, including a slide-through cab design for easy entrance and exit that also provides lots of legroom. Leaned seatbacks provide extra comfort during travel and 10-inches/25.4 cm of tilt steering-travel provides plenty of steering wheel position options for the driver. For 2012, The RANGER CREW Diesel will be available in Sage Green.

Other multi-passenger models not mentioned above include the RANGER CREW 800 in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris® Pursuit Camo with EPS and a Sandstone Limited Edition EPS model, and the RANGER CREW 500 in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris® Pursuit Camo, with a RANGER CREW 500 Turbo Silver Limited Edition Model.

Polaris will continue to offer the RANGER 500 EFI, RANGER 400 and RANGER EV midsize vehicles for 2012. The RANGER 500 EFI and RANGER 400 will be available in Sage Green, Solar Red and Polaris® Pursuit Camo, with a RANGER 500 EFI Sunset Red Limited Edition Model. The RANGER EV will be available in Boardwalk Blue and Polaris® Pursuit Camo

More information about Polaris’ whole line of Off-Road Vehicle offerings can be found online at www.polaris.com.


About the Author

Mike Lasher is a true Off Road enthusiast down to the core, Growing up in the back seat of a jeep exploring the deserts of Arizona and Nevada, as a kid, as so many of us did. Today Mike spends his free time on the trails with his family and friends in his Kawasaki Teryx or Jeep Wrangler. He also regularly competes in the Best in the Desert series and was second in points in 2009. For more information on mike you can visit www.lashermotorsports.com.

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