Exciting updates and wild new models you have to see! By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Polaris is the powerhouse of the UTV and ATV world, and it looks like it will remain on top for 2017.The company is offering new models, major product enhancements and new technology that we haven’t seen offered before. Some of the notable models are the new Ranger XP 1000, Ranger Crew XP 1000, General 4 1000 four-seater, Ace 500 and the newly redesigned Sportsman lineup! But, the model that is lighting up adrenal levels is the long-travel, 78-horsepower Polaris Ace 900 XC.
It looks like a true single-seat fun machine that is 6 inches longer and 11 inches wider than any current Ace. As far as the tech innovations go, one of the coolest features to come in the Limited Edtion RZR XP1000 EPS is the new 7-inch screen named Ride Command. The Ride Command system offers full GPS capabilities, the ability to track your friends, plan rides ahead of time, waypoints, play music, connect your phone via Bluetooth, control your GoPro and sync Sena accessory headsets to talk to your passengers. With all of these changes and new models, there will surely be a Polaris that will appeal to your off-road liking!
RZR XP 1000 EPS
The base-model RZR XP1000 EPS is back with new colors, but other than that it remains the same. The 999cc ProStar engine is pumping out 110 horsepower mated with the automatic PVT transmission. It offers the True On-Demand all-wheel-drive/two-wheel-drive system. Along with these features are two new color schemes. The White Lightning version that has a wild color scheme of green, light blue, black and white, along with the Black and Red Titanium Metallic model.
RZR XP1000 EPS LIMITED EDITION MODELS
Polaris has three new limited-edition models for 2017 that have the same powerplant as the standard XP 1000 EPS, but with different features including the new Xtreme Performance true on-demand all-wheel drive that keeps the front and rear wheels pulling at almost the same speed.
The RZR XP1000 EPS Velocity Blue Limited Edition comes stock with the new Ride Command system installed. Currently, this is the only RZR that will have Ride Command as a standard feature, but it can be purchased as an accessory for other models. Ride Command and the color schemes are the only differences between this RZR and the base-model RZR XP1000 EPS. This model offers a wild color scheme with Velocity Blue, yellow and black. It retails for $20,999.
The RZR XP1000 EPS High Lifter Edition is offered in Velocity Blue and has awesome mudding features. These features include a front Bull bumper with winch hook, 4500-pound-rated integrated winch, high-clearance control arms/high-clearance radius rods, high-mount intake system, rear-view mirror, stiffer springs, and 29-inch High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires. You’ll find it hard to get this monster machine stuck in any mud hole. This model retails for $22,699.
Last but not least is the new RZR XP 1000 EPS Gold Matte Metallic Limited Edition. It has a gaggle of new options that you’ll be sure to love. It has a 55-percent-lower low range for better crawling capabilities. Also, a new gated shifter so you know which gear you’re in is a nice touch. Other new features include new strengthened front half shafts, high-ground-clearance A-arms/radius arms that offer 14 inches of ground clearance, Xtreme Performance true On-Demand all-wheel drive, Pro Armor 30-inch Crawler XG tires, cast-aluminum, true beadlock wheels, heavy-duty front bumper, rock sliders, HMW skid plate, 4500-pound-rated Polaris winch with synthetic rope, click six harness and a rear-view mirror. This model would be a great all-around option, and it should work extremely well in desert or rock conditions. It’s offered in the Gold Matte Metallic option and retails for $23,999.
RZR S 570 EPS
A new model for 2017 is the RZR S 570 EPS. This model shares some features of the RZR 570 Trail version, but instead of 50 inches, the S is 60 inches wide. The S model also has 12 inches of travel in the front and 12.5 inches of travel in the rear compared to the 9 inches of the Trail version. Other notable options: the transmission has Turf mode and Maxxis Bighorn tires. It’s offered in Indy Red and retails at a bargain $12,999.
GENERAL 4 1000 EPS
Polaris announced another new model for 2017—the General 4 1000 EPS four-seater. It offers the same 999cc engine as the two-seat General, which produces 100 horsepower. You can now take the whole family aboard this machine with four comfortable bucket seats that offer a wide base that keeps the riders secure. It offers an all-new customizable instrumentation dash, which is both analog and digital. It comes stock with integrated half doors, GBC Dirt Commander tires, 4500-pound-rated Polaris HD winch, and it can carry up to 1,280 pounds of total payload. It’s offered in Silver Pearl and retails for $20,999.
RANGER XP 1000 AND RANGER CREW XP 1000 EPS MODELS
The new Ranger XP 1000 is now the flagship UTV in Polaris’ work-horse lineup. It has a 999cc, 80-horsepower, ProStar, twin-cylinder engine that will handle any hard work you throw at it. The bed of the Ranger XP 1000 can fit a full-size pallet inside with 1000 pounds of weight on top of that. It offers a three-mode throttle control with Performance, Standard and Work settings. The Performance mode is full power, Standard mode offers smooth and controllable throttle response and Work mode offers precise throttle control for work conditions. The Ranger XP 1000 and the Ranger Crew XP 1000 base models are offered in the Sage Green color, and they do not include electronic power steering. The two-seat base version retails at $13,999, while the four-seat Crew base version retails at $15,199. The Ranger XP 1000 EPS and Ranger Crew XP 1000 models are offered with the electronic power steering and are offered in Sunset Red, Nara Bronze, White Lightning (two-seat) and Pursuit Camo (four-seat Crew). The two-seat EPS models retail at $15,999, and the four-seat Crew models retail at $16,999.
The Ranger XP 1000 Hunter Edition has some great accessories for the hunter in your family. It offers Polaris Pursuit Camo bodywork, Active Decent Control for downhill situations, 4500-pound-rated Polaris HD winch, Polaris Lock and Ride gun scabbards, and Cut & Sew seats. This model retails for $16,999.
The Ranger XP 1000 High Lifter Edition is a real mud monster. It has mud-specific reduced gearing and a larger reverse chain, which allows the correct power and torque for ripping through mud holes. The sealed switches, fuse box and battery are mud tested for the protection of these parts. It offers the 28-inch High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires that have large/tall lugs for great traction and a 4500-pound-rated Polaris HD winch. The A-arms in the front and rear have 12.8 inches of ground clearance to navigate through deep ruts. This model is offered in Titanium Matte Metallic Black, white and blue color schemes. The two-seat version retails for $18,999, while the four-seat Crew retails at $20,499.
The Ranger XP 1000 Ranch Edition is for more elegant ranch locations, but it can still work hard. It has HD driveline updates, self-leveling rear shocks based on the vehicle load, six-ply Maxxis Ceros tires, sealed suspension bushings and a full under-body skid plate. It’s offered in Maroon Metallic and retails for $19,999.
The Ranger XP 1000 Northstar HVAC Edition is one to get excited about. It’s the first gas-powered UTV with heating, ventilation and air conditioning! It does this with a fully enclosed Premium Pro-Fit cab, fixed glass windshield with wiper and a rear glass panel. Other standard options include a dome light, rear-view mirror, and Cut & Sew seats. It comes in the Velocity Blue color. The two-seat model retails for $23,699, and the four-seat Crew model retails for $25,999.
The Ranger 500 is a new model in Polaris’ mid-size UTV lineup. It’s perfect for the first-time UTV buyer or an experienced driver that is looking for a UTV at a great value. The new ProStar 500, single-cylinder engine offers 32 horsepower and runs smooth. It has the On-Demand, true all-wheel-drive, VersaTrac Turf mode; independent rear suspension; and electronic fuel injection. It can haul an estimated 500 pounds in the bed, which, considering the smaller engine, that’s quite a bit of weight. It’s offered in one color—Polaris’ Solar Red—and it retails for $8999.
SPORTSMAN XP 1000
For 2017 Polaris completely redesigned the Sportsman XP 1000 for the better. It’s the most powerful Sportsman ever with the 952cc, twin-cylinder, EFI ProStar engine that pumps out 90 horsepower. Like the Ranger, the XP 1000 offers a three-mode throttle control with Performance, Standard and Work settings. The Performance mode is full power, Standard mode offers smooth and controllable throttle response, and Work mode offers precise throttle control for work conditions. It also has the first digital gauge with Bluetooth connectivity on an ATV. Other standard options are movable tie-down points, fender flares, high-ground-clearance A-arms front and rear, on-demand all-wheel-drive, active descent control, 6-gallon integrated front and rear storage on the rack system, new dual-zone sculpted seats, variable-assist electronic power steering, 150-watt front headlights, LED taillights, and a beverage and cell phone holder. The base Sportsman XP 1000 comes in Stealth Black and retails for $11,999.
The Sportsman XP 1000 Hunter Edition comes in Polaris Pursuit Camo. It has the same great features as the base model, but much more for hunters. These cool options include Cut & Sew camo seats, front and rear brush guards, HD 2500-pound winch, gun scabbard, Kolpin ratcheting claws, 26-inch PXT tires, rear LED center work light and hand/thumb warmers. The Hunter Edition retails for $12,999.
The last one on this list is the Sportsman XP 1000 Limited Edition model. The differences between this and the base model are minimal. It’s offered in the Matte Copper colorway, and it has more aggressive Maxxis Vipr 26-inch tires. The LE XP 1000 retails for $12,299.
SPORTSMAN 850 AND 850 SP MODELS
Like its bigger brother, the Sportsman 850 is redesigned and shares a lot of the nice features of the XP 1000. It uses a true 850cc ProStar engine that produces 78 horsepower and a new stainless steel exhaust for 2017. The only option that it doesn’t share with the 1000 is the Matte Copper color and the Bluetooth gauge. The base model is offered in two colors: Sage Green and Indy Red. It retails for $8799. The SP model comes in three color options: Titanium Matte Metallic Black/Blue, Matte Sunset Red and Pursuit Camo. The SP models all retail at $10,299.
ACE 900 XC
The all-new Ace 900 XC looks like it should be a killer little single-seat UTV and is the most exciting single-seater Polaris has offered. This single-seater has the new 78-horsepower ProStar 900 engine that can tackle virtually any trail. The new long-travel Walker Evans multi-position-adjustable shocks offer 12.3 inches of front travel and 12.6 inches of rear travel. Until the 900 XC, all Ace models used MacPherson-strut front suspension, but the 900 XC features dual-A-arm suspension (front and rear) that supplies 13 inches of ground clearance. A-arm suspension makes long-travel numbers far easier to achieve. This Ace is also 59 inches wide, which is 11 inches wider than the standard Ace models. Being this wide gives it a more stable stance for better off-roading capability and a smoother ride. It also offers 10 percent more legroom, over a gallon of cockpit storage and all-new digital instrumentation with Bluetooth capability. Other features include 27-inch GBC Commander tires, variable-assist power steering, quick-access quarter doors, Cut & Sew high-back bucket seats, and a tilt steering wheel. This model comes in one color—Matte Silver Pearl—and it retails for $12,999.
The Ace 500 is a new model for 2017. It replaced the Ace 330, so the 500 is now the starting model and at $500 less than the 330. It offers the 32-horsepower, 500cc, EFI ProStar engine, which creates 30 foot-pounds of torque. It offers true On-Demand all-wheel drive/two-wheel drive to get you through any sticky situation. It uses the MacPherson-strut suspension that offers 8.2 inches of travel in the front and 9.5 inches in the rear with its dual-A-arm IRS setup. It’s offered in Indy Red only, and it retails for $6999. That makes it the least expensive Ace yet.