At its August product launch, Challenger unveiled the new MT500D Series tractors featuring a redesigned cab with a number of new updates to enhance operator comfort and control. A cleaner six-post construction provides for panoramic visibility. The rear window is now curved to allow for a three-quarter view in back. Noise has been reduced to 71 dBA. A wider cab has made room for a swivel armrest. The doorway also was widened to improve cab access.

Another new feature on the MT500D is OptiRide Plus hydraulic cab suspension. It works with an air-suspended seat to control bounce, rolling and pitching. The suspension system consists of an electronic control unit that relays leveling information to hydraulic cylinders that automatically adjust the tension.

Cab controls also were improved. An ergonomically designed right-hand control armrest, combined with a new multi-pad control and new multifunction joystick, provide fingertip control of all tractor and implement functions. The Tractor Management Center (TMC) is mounted on the armrest and now has a single, easy-to-read display screen that lets you monitor and adjust more tractor and implement settings. The display complies with the international standard for electronic communications called ISOBUS so that any compliant tractor can communicate to any compliant implement, no matter the manufacturer.

The cab comes prewired for autosteering and a new telemetry system called AgCommand that lets you remotely monitor your vehicle fleet to improve machine performance.

For more information about the new Challenger MT500D Series, contact your local Challenger dealer or visit www.challenger-ag.com.