Arctic Cat just released the first wave of its 2017 ATV/UTV product line. A quick glance at the offerings shows an emphasis on MSRP price reductions on several key models; bold new graphics; and a re-emphasis on the so-called 2017 models that it had already released a few months ago.
Arctic Cat also pared down its model line-up for next year, dropping several models (including a few 1000 engine-equipped machines) as well as package variations.
Notable in the release of information is that there is no mention of the full-sized Wildcat X and 4X models, two popular machines that have clearly NOT been put out to pasture.
In Cat’s letter to the media, it also mentioned that what we’re seeing today is just the first wave of new models, and that subsequent models will be released later this year (with no mention of what those machines might be).
I’m reaching for my calculator to figure out what 2 + 2 equals. In the meantime, see what’s new (for now) below:
HDX & Prowler
The midsize, 2-person Prowler 500 was one of the big-news releases from Arctic Cat earlier this spring. It’s a smaller, more nimble machine than the full-sized Prowler 700, with a 72-inch wheelbase compared to 75 in. on the 700. Likewise, the 500 is 56.4 inches wide compared with the 61-inch wide 700. Power comes from 443cc SOHC 4-Stroke EFI mill.
The HDX Crew was another spring release this year, one that brought “hallelujahs” from would-be owners and dealers alike.
Twin 3-person bench seating with the versatility of a Swiss Army knife, the Crew hits the sweet spot of usability and performance.
Alterra & Alterra TRV
Also among the batch of previously-released 2017 models, the TRV family of Alterra ATVs is notable for its new styling, excellent composite rack design, newly shaped passenger seat and grab handles, LED taillights (and headlights on the 700 and 1000 versions) and new digital instrument gauge. Interestingly, Cat dropped the 550 model that it first announced just a few months ago.
The solo-rider Alterra model line now consists of a 90, 400, 500 and 700 (the latter also with XT EPS package option).
The awesome news here is the pricing: To make owning a fully featured mid-size model an unprecedented value, Cat went aggressive with MSRP, with the Alterra 400 (above) coming in at $5,499 (U.S.)
Similarly, the Alterra 500 (above) rings in at $5,999 (U.S.) and the feature-rich Alterra 700 at $8,999 (US).
Also returning for ’17: TBX 700; MudPro models; XC450, the price-point 500 and 1000 XT ATVs in the old body style; the DVX 90; and the 150.
Wildcat Trail and Sport
Here are some pix of the Wildcat Trail and Sport models, both of which remain unchanged for ’17 save for graphics.
CLICK HERE to launch the Arctic Cat website for complete specs on the new ’17 models. More info here to follow when additional information is announced.
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