1 July 2016, 10:12
New category of powerful, intelligent tractors are nimble and flexible, designed to handle heavy draft and row crop work
Challenger®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, introduces an entirely new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations. Challenger 1000 Series tractors are the industry’s most versatile standard tractor and the ‘must-see’ innovation for 2016. Designed to deliver lower cost of ownership per acre, advanced connectivity and world-class Challenger performance, they are available in four powerful models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower. Producers will get their first look at the tractors during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, Aug. 30-Sept.1.
“The needs of producers in North America continue to evolve as operations become larger and require more efficiency,” says Josh Keeney, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “The Challenger 1000 Series tractors bring an entirely new solution to the market. These tractors combine the power of a small-frame, articulated 4-wheel drive with the flexibility and speed of a lighter-weight, fixed-frame row crop machine.
“Using what we call the new Accu™ platform, the 1000 Series tractors are built to be smarter, more intuitive and efficient, to help producers reduce input costs, increase productivity and ultimately be more profitable,” Keeney adds. “This approach is a logical next step in Challenger’s evolution after our work perfecting the track tractor.”
Key to the new Series is the entirely new AccuDrive™ powertrain concept and an upgraded stepless CVT transmission, which provide the tractors with both their power and flexibility. Add to this the tractor’s full suite of on-board technology and an all-new, comfort-focused cab, and these tractors are a single solution for today’s high horsepower needs, from planting and heavy tillage or row crop work to harvesting and on-road hauling up to 31 mph.
Redefining productivity through precision
All Challenger 1000 Series models are equipped with the ISO-compliant AccuTerminal™ for intuitive, one-stop control of all tractor and implement functions. In addition, the AccuTerminal fully integrates with AGCO’s entire suite of Fuse®Technologies and Fuse Connected Services, bringing a new level of precision and productivity to professional farming operations, to help optimize yields and save on operating inputs and time.
A comfortable step up?
Owners and operators will appreciate the new fit and finish of the spacious, comfortable cabs on the Challenger 1000 tractors. The cabs offer a variety of amenities from air-ride suspension and deluxe leather seat to the ergonomic and intuitive placement of the tractor controls, making a long day in the field feel almost effortless.
Debuting at fall farm shows
The Challenger 1000 Series tractors will make their public debut at farm shows this fall, including the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa; Big Iron in West Fargo, N. D. and at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb.