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Polaris launches new category of SxS utility vehicle

Polaris announced today the formal launch of its Ranger Crew diesel side-by-side utility vehicle with an integrated multi-power system, a first for vehicles in this category. Farm Industry News got the chance to preview and drive this vehicle in April at the grand opening of Polaris’ expanded R&D facility in Wyoming, MN.

The new vehicle, called the Ranger “Hippo,” is essentially a Polaris Ranger crew with a mobile generator taking up the back seat. You can use the generator to power hydraulic, pneumatic, electric and welding equipment you’d need to repair equipment in the field. Compare this to using a full-size service truck, which is a lot heaver, harder to maneuver and can get stuck when you’re driving to those remote locations on the farm.

All the power comes from the vehicle’s 24-horsepower diesel engine, which has been re-engineered to serve double-duty as a generator. The integrated HIPPO 1041CP Multipower System has one hydraulic tool circuit, two quick disconnect pneumatic fittings, two 120 volt electric outlets at 20 amps and one welding console with quick disconnects.

The Ranger Hippo has run flat tires with a honeycomb construction that pushes out the mud and absorbs bumps to the point of your not even knowing when you hit one.

Although its first buyers will likely be railroad and utility companies, the Hippo can work equally as well on farms with its pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and welding capabilities, according to Polaris. The estimated MSRP? Right around $57,000 to $58,000.

For more information contact your local dealer or visit www.polaris.com/hippo.

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