Polaris launches the Ranger RZR XP 900 off road ATV in India
The nascent ATV market in India is seeing a slew of manufacturers setting up operations. While Nebula is one brand in the Indian ATV segment that sells Chinese ATVs, there are many other lesser known Chinese ATV makers that sell their wares in India. American ATV specialist Polaris though occupies the premium end of the ATV market in India with a range of ATVs, right from small capacity petrol engined versions to ATVs that are even powered by 924cc diesel engines. After showcasing its ATV range at the 2012 Indian Auto Exp0, Polaris has been gradually increasing its ATV line up.
The latest ATV to be launched by Polaris in India, is the Ranger RZR XP 900 off roader model. The Ranger RZR is powered by a 875cc twin cylinder engine that is liquid cooled with a DOHC-4 valves/cylinder head design. This motor delivers a peak power of 60 Bhp, which is transmitted to all four wheels of the off roader through the four wheel drive system. The Ranger RZR features a shaft drive system that turns all four wheels of the ATV through an automatic transmission. The 4 wheel drive system is designed to operate in low traction off road conditions like slush, snow and sand where traction comes at a premium.
The ATV comes with an anti-roll bar frame that is designed to ensure that the occupants are not crushed by the weight of the ATV in the event of the vehicle capsizing. However, that’s something which will happen only if the ATV is pushed very hard as the Polaris RZR does come with suspension that’ll put many dirt bikes to shame with the sheer travel that it offers on the front and rear wheels. The front of the Polaris RZR gets dual A-arm suspension with a mammoth 343mm travel while the rear of the ATV features trailing arm suspension with 355mm travel.
All four wheels of this ATV come with disc brakes as standard while other features like LED headlamps, the digital speedometer with tachometer, fuel-gauge, gear-indicator, battery indicator, temperature indicator are the various features that the Polaris RZR comes with. The Polaris RZR XP will set you back by INR 19.36 lakhs, and the high price means that this ATV will have very limited buyers. The high price due to the ATV being imported into India as a CBU, coupled to the fact that ATVs cannot be driven on public roads further limits the potential market of these niche products.