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Polaris Introduces New Class of Extreme-Duty Side-By-Sides

The all-new Ranger XD 1500 lineup features industry-first engine and transmission.

Polaris Introduces New Class of Extreme-Duty Side-By-Sides

The Ranger XD 1500 is "more capable, stronger and more comfortable than any other utility side-by-side out there," the company says. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)

  • From press releases

Polaris, the global leader in powersports and off-road innovation, is breaking new ground with the industry’s first extreme-duty utility side-by-side—the all-new Ranger XD 1500. With its unprecedented capability, brute strength and unmatched comfort, the new side-by-sides are engineered with the first-ever ProStar 1500cc 3-cylinder engine that offers an industry-leading 110 horsepower, the industry-exclusive STEELDRIVE automatic transmission for greater durability and precise control, and more than 70 new accessories for enhanced customization, highlighted by Polaris’ exclusive Lock & Ride MAX system.

"We spent over five years meeting with farmers, ranchers, large acreage property owners and big-game hunters to develop an extreme duty vehicle that was missing from the market. From its ProStar 1500cc engine to the industry’s only STEELDRIVE transmission, Ranger XD 1500 is unlike anything else offered today and is yet another example of our relentless commitment to advancing the industry with fresh thinking and innovative solutions that meet the real-world needs of our utility customers," said Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Off Road.

2024 Polaris Ranger XD 1500 lineup
The 2024 Polaris Ranger XD 1500 lineup, available in three trims, is expected to begin shipping to dealers in late summer. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)

"Polaris Ranger has been the No. 1-selling utility side-by-side brand for more than 15 years and with the introduction of Ranger Extreme Duty, we’ve taken the industry’s hardest-working lineup and expanded it," said Chris Judson, Vice President of Off Road Utility. "A segment of our utility customers said they are facing exceptionally large tasks and they simply need a machine with more power, more torque, more hauling and towing capacity, and more durability. And our team set out to deliver just that, incorporating dozens of new features and the latest engineering to make the Ranger XD 1500 more capable, stronger and more comfortable than any other utility side-by-side out there.”

Polaris Ranger XD 1500
Polaris sought input from big-game hunters to incorporate in the new Ranger XD 1500 line of side-by-side extra-duty vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)

Key Features

  • STEELDRIVE transmission: With the industry-exclusive automatic transmission features a 100-percent steel constructed belt that delivers smooth, precise operation and a fully-sealed, liquid-cooled design for unmatched durability.
  • Maximum Strength and Durability: Fully sealed and liquid-cooled design allows for maximum durability and longevity with less maintenance than a rubber belt.
  • Smooth, Precise Control: Enjoy smooth, predictable throttle engagement and precise low-speed control when backing up to trailers, navigating rough terrain or spraying a fence line.
Polaris RANGER Premium
The Ranger XD 1500 line offers more power, torque and hauling and towing capacity for those who face large tasks. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)
  • Effortless Shifting, Quiet Operation: Quietly and effortlessly shift between drive, park and reverse. The fully sealed design reduces operating noise for enhanced comfort.
  • Hill Assist and Descent Control: Hill Assist prevents the vehicles from rolling backwards when letting off the accelerator and brakes when heading uphill, while descent control engages the transmission to maintain control while descending slopes.
  • Maintenance: Ranger XD 1500 offers the industry’s longest service intervals, four-to-six times longer than standard full-size UTVs, so customers can maximize their uptime.
  • High Strength Steel Heavy Duty Frame: For durability and strength, the Ranger XD 1500 has a high-strength steel one-piece chassis featuring 160-percent more torsional stiffness. Designed with an enclosed cab stamped ROPS pillars, the more consistent cab fit allows for better sealing and less noise.
Polaris Ranger XD 1500 North Star Ultimate
The Polaris Ranger XD 1500 line of extreme-duty vehicles features a first-ever ProStar 1500cc 3-cylinder engine that offers industry-leading 110 horsepower and industry-exclusive STEELDRIVE automatic transmission. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)
Polaris Ranger XD 1500

The 2024 Ranger XD 1500 lineup, available in three trims, is expected to begin shipping to dealers in late summer. To learn more about the 2024 Ranger family by clicking here  or join the conversation and follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter.

2024 Ranger XD 1500 Premium: Starting at $29,999

The Ranger XD 1500 Premium commands a large presence thanks to heavy-duty components and the industry’s largest bumper, providing complete front-end protection. The vehicle comes equipped with one of the most comprehensive standard packages in a side-by-side to date including 29-inch tires, tilt steering and seat slider for customizable comfort, four drive modes, high output LED headlights for enhanced visibility, and USB ports with multiple charging capabilities. The vehicle also comes equipped with boosted brakes and heavy-duty suspension to ensure performance across a variety of off-road environments.

2024 Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Premium:  Starting at $39,999

The next step up is the Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Premium. This machine features a fully enclosed cab with HVAC temperature and five different mode controls, lockable full doors with power windows and a fixed front glass windshield. Additional features include an electronically controlled power tilt bed to dump heavy loads with ease, an overhead switch panel for easy accessorization, and an overhead rear work light to illuminate the cargo box in low-light conditions. NorthStar Premium comes stock with 30-inch Kenda CrossTrail tires and available 32-inch tires to overcome large obstacles and tough terrain.

interior of Polaris RANGER XD 1500
Interior of Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar. (Photo courtesy of Polaris)

2024 Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate: Starting at $44,999

Rounding out the lineup is the Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate, which features everything from the NorthStar Premium trim, plus the 7-inch infotainment display powered by RIDE COMMAND and heated seats. The NorthStar Ultimate trim also delivers an immersive sound experience, featuring full AM/FM radio with Bluetooth streaming capability and industry-exclusive JBL speakers for precise audio and premium sound. Finally, the vehicle comes standard with RIDE COMMAND+, allowing for vehicle health monitoring and more.


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