2020 CAN-AM LINEUP
–195-horsepower Maverick X3 and more —
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
As the young guns say these days, Can-Am has “no chill” when it comes to improving and pushing the UTV and ATV industry. They just announced a few new models, like the work-ready Defender 6×6 HD10, the Maverick Sport X xc and gave the Maverick X3 line even more go with the 195-horsepower Turbo RR! Their ATV lineup received a lot of change for 2019, so we don’t see many new upgrades this go-round, but we can’t exactly say they needed any this year.
MAVERICK X3 POWERHOUSE
Can-Am already held the title of “most powerful stock turbo-inducted UTV” with the 172-horsepower X3 models. They then introduced their much more affordable 120-horsepower Maverick X3 to cover the bases. We can only assume that they want to stay way ahead of the game, so they upped the power out of their Turbo R engine by 23 ponies and added another R to the name. Eleven pound-feet of torque was also the result of a bigger turbo and intercooler, a less restrictive airbox and a recalibrated CV transmission. You can find the Maverick X3 Turbo RR in multiple outfits for 2020, which includes their X3 X rc model that gains 32-inch-tall Maxxis Liberty tires. All 72-inch-wide Maverick models gained an inch of ground clearance to settle at 16 inches, while the X rs gets 9-inch-wide front and 11-inch-wide rear tires for traction improvements.
The Maverick X3 X ds Turbo RR sits at 64 inches in width and runs $24,999. Increase the width to 72 inches, and you get the X3 X rs Turbo RR for $27,499. Can-Am released the 195-horsepower powerplant in the $29,599 X rc Turbo RR, along with the X mr for $26,399. The same packages in the X3 Max line are available sans an rc model.
Can-Am keeps the affordable Maverick X3 Turbo in the 2020 line for $18,999, while their Turbo R versions start out at $20,999. The Max line is offered at a base price of $21,999 with their Turbo model, and shoots up to $29,999 for their X3 Max X rs Turbo RR. A new Maverick X3 X mr Turbo RR has a 74-inch width to help tackle the deepest mud holes with seating for four and a starting price of $28,899.
Can-Am recently released the Maverick Sport line with a ton of models to choose from, which they aren’t heavily adding to the lineup for 2020. They already have a rock crawler, mud machine, trail rigs and now they just released an affordable Maverick Sport X xc edition for $20,199. This black, silver and red model gets Fox 2.5 Podium shocks with QS3 adjustments, beadlock wheels, and Can-Am’s Smart-Lok 4×4 technology with Trail Activ mode. The 100-horsepower Rotax V-twin 1000R engine is standard.
You can pick up the base model Maverick Sport without EPS for $15,299, the Max version for $19,599 or crawl through some mud with the Sport X mr for $21,099. The Maverick Trail line remains unchanged for 2020, as does the Commander fleet.
DEFENDING OUR TRAILS
Can-Am certainly didn’t leave the Defender category out of the engineering department. An all-new 6×6 model hits the dealers soon that has an impressively large 6-foot-long cargo bed that can hold up to 1000 pounds (600 in California). The cargo bed can be altered in many ways to haul what you require, which includes removable sides and Can-Am’s LinQ accessories that easily attach to it. On top of that, this Defender has a quieter engine and recalibrated CV transmission that helps tow up to 3000 pounds. You can run it in 4×4 or 6×6, and the Dynamic Power Steering system helps turn this rig. The available colors are white and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo for a price of $17,999.
The entire Defender lineup gained a revised front end and a 30-percent-stronger Dual Phase steel frame for more rigidity. New front and rear arched A-arms added ground clearance, and suspension recalibration should make the ride smoother.
Can-Am claims that the 1000cc V-twin Rotax engine in Defender HD10s is the quietest in class interior due to a thicker firewall that also reduces heat. A redesigned exhaust dropped some decibels, and the shift line on the HD10 was lowered by 500 rpm. They also boosted the power and torque of the 1000cc V-twin to 82 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque. Some models gained a new 4.5- or 7.6-inch display. Pricing on the Defender starts at $10,299 for the base model and reaches up to $21,999 for the XT Cab edition. The Max versions go for $13,199 and reach over $25,000. You can pick up a mud specific Max X mr for $21,399 or the impressive Lone Star version for $20,599 to help you tackle daily tasks, or enjoy some trail fun.
UPGRADES FOR ATVs
We saw quite a lot of enhancements on the 2019 models of Can-Am’s ATVs that included widened footprints and more suspension travel on 650-and-up versions, along with more power out of the 1000R engine-equipped models. The 2020 model year doesn’t see many upgrades, aside from some stylish color changes on some of their ATVs. However, the iTC (Intelligent Throttle Control) system that the 1000R engines gained in 2019 has now been introduced to all 850cc Outlander and Renegade models for 2020. This system gives you multiple power output modes to choose from for more performance or to help get work done.
The Outlanders have new interior fenders and side panels that improve the airflow to the engine. A new Outlander Mossy Oak 650 edition climbs aboard the lineup for $11,049. It comes with Break-Up Country Camo, 6-ply Carlisle ACT HD tires and a winch. Apart from that, all Outlander XT-P, X xc, X mr 850, X mr 1000 and Limited models gain a 7.6-inch-wide display.
The Outlander Max line received a revision of the Limited package. Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks were added and 27-inch-tall Maxxis BigHorn 2.0 tires as well. This model goes for $15,349, but you can pick up a base two-seat Outlander Max DPS for $10,299.
What will Can-Am do next? That is the question we are consistently asking ourselves. A stock UTV with 195 horsepower is pretty impressive already for the sport department. Can-Am has trail riders covered with the Maverick Sport and Trail line, and the Defenders are built to take care of business. Their quads are on top of their game at the moment, too. All we can do now is patiently await some heavy competition from other manufacturers, so we can get excited over what Can-Am will do next! Go to www.can-am.brp.com, or travel to your local Can-Am dealer to check out their 2020 lineup of ATVs and UTVs!