20 Years of Innovation
Two decades ago, the
RANGER 6x6 vehicle was introduced and it revolutionized the
Mitchell Johnson, son of David Johnson - one of the founders of Polaris,
remembers how the initial idea came to be- “We had talked from
time-to-time about making a side-by-side ATV for a driver and a
passenger. One day, Edgar Hetteen [one of our founders] came
to my office and said we should make a 6x6 in a side-by-side
configuration. He loved the machine but wanted to ride beside
his wife Hannah.”
Four concepts were explored as two important features were debated - ride-in vs. ride-on and handlebar vs. steering wheel. Eventually, the shown concept (left) was selected, with a ride-in and steering wheel esign and it ultimately became the first Ranger.
The first Polaris
RANGER side-by-side vehicle was purposefully made to
be a 6x6, so it could readily be classified as an off-road
vehicle, with a top speed faster than 25 mph.
Good speed, great ride and handling with excellent off-road capability, plus a greater payload than any other utility haulers on the market were all the attributes this vehicle needed to have. Most of all, it needed to be a lot of fun to drive and ride like the already popular Sportsman ® line.
The mid-2000s brought numerous changes and improvements to the RANGER vehicle. Comfort was improved with the addition of a dual a-arm rear suspension, and electronic fuel injection became standard for increased convenience and overall ride. The powertrains were also built to be larger, making the RANGER more capable than ever before. Accessories also began to evolve with the introduction of Lock & Ride ® box accessories.
After 10 years of RANGER®, the innovations kept coming. Dual a-arm suspension was added to the front of the vehicle and rider ergonomics were improved. Power and capability continued to improve as well with still larger powertrains introduced.
The next level of "Hardest Working. Smoothest Riding.™" came with the introduction of an all-new RANGER XP® 900 platform. The ride was significantly improved to produce the most progressive suspension and smoothest ride with 10" of class leading travel. The ProStar ® 900 engine was introduced with 20% more power. Re-designed ergonomics, an adjustable drivers seat, underseat storage and a new engine placement made the seating and comfort of the RANGER® top notch. Lastly, with the introduction of the new platform came an unprecedented amount of accessory options, including a full flush-mount cab integration system with Lock & Ride ® technology.
More than 100 owner-inspired improvements were made in the completely reimagined Polaris RANGER XP ® 1000. It features a more rugged design, next-level in-cab comfort, 82 horsepower, and an industry-leading 2,500 lb towing capacity. It also includes 13 in of ground clearance and 11 in of suspension travel. Accessory integration was also taken to the next level with the introduction of the new premium RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system - proven to have three-times better dust protection than competitive OEM offerings.
The all-new RANGER CREW® XP 1000 was introduced with more than 100 owner-inspired improvements just like its three-seat brother, making it the new standard for 6-passenger utility. It features class-leading 82HP and an industry-leading 2,500 lb towing capacity, 1,750 lb payload capacity, 13 in of ground clearance and 11 in of suspension travel. It also comes equipped with an industry-leading 19 gallons of in-cab storage. At the end of the day, there's no comparison. More Rugged. More Refined. More RANGER.™