Today Textron Off Road took the wraps off its 2018 model line of ATVs and SxS machines. Here’s a brief snapshot of each.
The Wildcat X and X Limited (shown above) get a new ROPS cage, while retaining the 5-Link rear suspension and double-A-arm front suspension that make them some of the most capable big-hit off-road machines for truly gnarly conditions.
Four-passenger capability for hardcore off-road riding will once again be handled by the Wildcat 4X Limited.
The 60-in. wide Wildcat Sport XT and Sport Limited (above) return for 2018, offering either JRi or Elka Stage 5 shock packages, as well as differences in wheels, tires, doors, roof and colors.
Three variants of the 50-in. wide Wildcat Trail are available for 2018, including the standard Trail, Trail XT and Trail Limited. 700cc twin-cylinder engine, FOX shocks, TEAM clutches, 300-lb. capacity rear box…sweet stuff.
The base-level Wildcat Trail (left) comes with 12-in. steel wheels and half doors, and is available in Lime Green.
The Wildcat Trail XT (middle) adds the steering ease of electronic power steering (EPS); machined cast-aluminum 12-in. wheels; standard half doors; and comes in Metallic White.
The Wildcat Trail Limited (right) includes the upgraded features found on XT EPS, plus it comes with full doors; under-hood storage; and color-matched aluminum wheels. It’s available in Charcoal Metallic.
Four-passenger utility chores and fun are handled by the Stampede 4 and 4X for 2018. These spacious machines get the handy extended cab (in addition to the full-sized bed), big doors and an 80hp parallel twin engine that will soon be manufactured in St. Cloud, Minn..
The 80-hp Stampede and Stampede X hit season number two as premium utility side-by-sides featuring on-demand AWD, signature extended cab, full-sized doors and the confidence of front and rear swaybars. Four color options are available, depending upon model.
The mid-sized option for utility side-by-side for 2018 is the Prowler 500.
The value-priced VLX 700 was a HUGE hit this year, combining the size, usability and capability at a price that made it VERY appealing to most users. It returns for 2018 with a couple color combos, includine Camo (left) as well as an EPS (Electronic Power Steering) option on the right.
For those who want to go nose-deep into the muck, the 2018 Alterra MudPro 700 Limited returns wearing some eye-popping color.
The 2018 Alterra TBX 700 Limited rolls into the new season as the consumate worker/utility machine.
For a mid-sized option, there’s the well-received Alterra 500.
The Textron Off Road Model Year 2018 lineup consist of:
- Mid-Size Utility
- Alterra 500
- Full-Size Utility
- Alterra VLX 700 (Alterra VLX 700 and Alterra VLX 700 EPS models)
- Alterra TBX 700
- Alterra MudPro 700 LTD
- Recoil (Recoil and Recoil iS models)
- Prowler 500
- Stampede (Stampede, Stampede X, Stampede 4 and Stampede 4X models)
- Wildcat Trail (Wildcat Trail, Wildcat Trail XT and Wildcat Trail LTD models)
- Wildcat Sport (Wildcat Sport XT and Wildcat Sport LTD models)
- Wildcat X (Wildcat X, Wildcat X LTD and Wildcat 4X LTD models)
Additional 2018 Changes
The Stampede is no longer available in a “base” non-EPS model. The remaining model names have changed as follows to align with the larger family lineup:
Stampede EPS is now Stampede
Stampede EPS+ is now Stampede X
Stampede XTR EPS is now Stampede 4
Stampede XTR EPS+ is now Stampede 4X
ATVs retaining the Arctic Cat brand while inventory lasts:
- Alterra 90
- Alterra DVX 90
- Alterra 150
- Alterra 300
- Alterra TRV 500
- Alterra TRV 700 XT EPS
- Alterra 700
- Alterra 700XT EPS
- XC 450
Side-by-sides retaining the Arctic Cat brand while inventory lasts:
- HDX 700
- Prowler 700
- HDX Crew
Thanks for reading, look for more in-depth info on select models in the coming days.