Ranger Timeline – Polaris Australia

Polaris Ranger
20th Anniversary


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Two decades ago, the RANGER 6x6 vehicle was introduced and revolutionized the side-by-side category.

Mitchell Johnson, son of David Johnson - one of the founders of Polaris, remembers how the initial idea came to be. “We had talked from time-to-time about making a side-by-side ATV for a driver and passenger. One day, Edgar Hetteen [one of our founders] came to my office and said we should make a 6x6 in a side-by-side configuration, he loved the machine but wanted to ride beside his wife Hannah.”

Four concepts were explored as two important features were debated - ride-in vs. ride-on and handlebar vs. steering wheel. Eventually, the shown concept (left) was selected, with a ride-in and steering wheel design, and ultimately, became the first RANGER.


The first Polaris RANGER side-by-side vehicle was purposefully made to be a 6x6 so it could readily be classified as an off-road vehicle, with a top speed faster than 25 mph.

Good speed, great ride and handling with excellent off-road capability, plus a greater payload than any other utility haulers on the market were all attributes this vehicle needed to have. Most of all, it needed to be a lot of fun to drive and ride like the already popular Sportsman ® line.


The mid-2000s brought numerous changes and improvements to the RANGER vehicle. Comfort was improved with the addition of a dual a-arm rear suspension, and electronic fuel injection became standard for increased convenience and overall ride. The powertrains were also built to be larger, making the RANGER more capable than ever before. Accessories also began to evolve with the introduction of Lock & Ride ® box accessories.


After 10 years of RANGER®, the innovations kept coming. Dual a-arm suspension was added to the front of the vehicle and rider ergonomics were improved. Power and capability continued to improve as well with still larger powertrains introduced.


The next level of "Hardest Working. Smoothest Riding.™" came with the introduction of an all-new RANGER XP® 900 platform. The ride was significantly improved to produce the most progressive suspension and smoothest ride with 10" of class leading travel. The ProStar ® 900 engine was introduced with 20% more power. Re-designed ergonomics, an adjustable drivers seat, underseat storage, and a new engine placement made the seating and comfort of the RANGER® top notch. Lastly, with the introduction of the new platform came an unprecedented amount of accessory options, including a full flush-mount cab integration system with Lock & Ride ® technology.

2018 & 2019

More than 100 owner-inspired improvements were made in the completely reimagined Polaris RANGER XP ® 1000. It features a more rugged design, next-level in-cab comfort, 82 horsepower, and an industry-leading 2,500 lb towing capacity, 13 in of ground clearance and 11 in of suspension travel. Accessory integration was also taken to the next level with the introduction of the new, premium RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system - proven to have three-times better dust protection than competitive OEM offerings.

The all-new RANGER CREW® XP 1000 was introduced with more than 100 owner-inspired improvements just like its three-seat brother, making it the new standard for 6-passenger utility. It features class-leading 82HP and an industry-leading 2,500 lb towing capacity, 1,750 lb payload capacity, 13 in of ground clearance and 11 in of suspension travel. It also comes equipped with an industry-leading 19 gallons of in-cab storage. At the end of the day, there's no comparison. More Rugged. More Refined. More RANGER.™


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Ranger Models 2021

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2" Ball Mount - 2" Receiver
Ranger & General Trailer Tow Ball 50mm
Poly 3-Seat Sport Roof with Lock & Ride® Technology, Black
Lock & Ride Full Glass Windshield - Clear
Lock & Ride® Rear Panel, Poly - Clear
Glass Full Windshield, Clear
Polaris Pulse™ Wiring Harness - 1 LED Light
Kanati Mongrel - Rear Tyre 10 PLY 27X9-R12R
Windshield Washer Bottle Assembly
Horn Kit
Horn Kit
Ranger Indicator Kit
Polycarbonate Full Windshield, Clear
Hand Pump
Kanati Mongrel - Front Tyre 10 PLY TYRE 27X9-R12R
Lock & Ride® CargoMax System
Ratcheting Rhino Grip UTV by Kolpin®
Poly Full Windshield with Lock and Ride Technology
Underseat Storage Box
Universal 48v Water Kit
Full-Size Seatsaver® - Split Bench Seat, Carhartt® Brown
Ranger 150 Pro Armor® Crawler Youth Rear Tire, 22 x 10 R12
Ranger 150 Front & Rear Brushguard Set
Auxiliary Battery Kit
Front Brushguard
Poly Crew Sport Roof, Black
Lock & Ride® Rhino Grips XL by Kolpin®
Winch Wireless Remote
Rock Guard with Step - Crew
Poly Crew Sport Roof, Black
Polaris® PRO HD 4,500 Lb. Winch with Rapid Rope Recovery
Polaris® XT Pro Lodge by Otter®
Lock & Ride® Wire Spooler
Battery Connection Cable
In-Cab Heater and Defrost Kit, Black
Crew Canvas Rear Door Set
17 in. Windshield Wiper & Washer Kit
Lock & Ride® Half Windshield - Poly
Ranger 3 Seater Full Size Horn Kit
Dual Gun Boot 4 Mount II- Lower
Busbar Harness
Kolpin Stronghold Gun Boot®
Rear Brushguard
Ranger 570 2-Seater Heater/Defrost Kit
Ranger Reverse Beeper
Poly Rear Panel
Lock & Ride® Half Windshield - Poly
Polycarbonate Flip-Down Full Windshield, Clear
Glass Rear Panel
Canvas Door Set with Lock & Ride® Technology, Black