Polaris Introduces New Class of Extreme-Duty Utility SxS: the Ranger XD 1500

Polaris' Ranger XD 1500 features a 1,500cc three-cylinder engine for more power to make tough jobs easier and a STEELDRIVE transmission for greater durability.

Building on the unparalleled success of the Polaris Ranger, Polaris Off Road, a global leader in powersports and off-road innovation, is once again breaking new ground with the new Ranger XD 1500 — the industry’s first extreme duty utility side-by-side. The Polaris XD 1500 was inspired by direct input from customers seeking ways to increase efficiency when tackling the toughest jobs.

With its unprecedented capability, brute strength and unmatched comfort, the new extreme-duty class of Ranger side-by-sides are engineered with the first-ever ProStar 1,500cc, three-cylinder engine that offers 110 horsepower, an industry-exclusive STEELDRIVE automatic transmission for greater durability and precise control and over 70 new accessories for enhanced customization, highlighted by Polaris’ exclusive Lock & Ride MAX system. The Ranger XD 1500 establishes a new benchmark for utility side-by-sides.

“We spent over five years meeting with farmers, ranchers, large acreage property owners and big game hunters to develop an extreme-duty vehicle that was missing from the market,” said Steve Menneto, president of Polaris Off Road. “The Ranger XD 1500 is unlike anything else offered today and is yet another example of our relentless commitment to advancing the industry with fresh thinking and innovative solutions that meet the real-world needs of our utility customers.”

The Polaris Ranger has been a best-selling utility side-by-side brand for more than 15 years and with the introduction of Ranger Extreme Duty, the OEM has taken this hard-working lineup and expanded it.

“A segment of our utility customers said they are facing exceptionally large tasks and they simply need a machine with more power, more torque, more hauling and towing capacity, and more durability,” says Chris Judson, vice president of off road utility. “Our team set out to deliver just that, incorporating dozens of new features and the latest engineering to make the Ranger XD 1500 more capable, stronger, and more comfortable than any other utility side-by-side out there.”

Unprecedented Capability

Farmers, ranchers and large landowners need to be able to haul more, tow more and get more done in less time. With the industry’s only 1,500cc utility engine, the Ranger XD 1500 provides over 30% more power and over 50% more torque than the next closest competitor.

  • ProStar 1,500cc three-cylinder engine: Effortless towing, hauling and confidence in tough terrain with an industry-leading 110 horsepower and 105 pound-feet torque
  • 1,500-pound cargo box capacity: Three-quarter ton box capacity providing nearly 50% more box volume than existing models for maximum productivity with fewer trips and bigger loads
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity: For those routinely towing heavy loads on the property, drive better productivity with nearly 40% more towing than existing models.
  • Great ground clearance: All Ranger XD 1500 models get 15 inches of ground clearance with high-clearance arched A-arms to overcome large obstacles.

Brute Strength

Designed to last longer than any model before it, Ranger XD 1500 has been engineered from the ground up to be stronger and stand up to the demands of the longest days.

  • Industry-exclusive STEELDRIVE transmission: Offers a 100% steel-constructed belt that delivers smooth, precise operation and a fully sealed, liquid-cooled design for unmatched durability.
    • Maximum strength and durability: Fully sealed and liquid-cooled design allows for maximum durability and longevity with less maintenance than a rubber belt.
    • Smooth, precise control: Smooth, predictable throttle engagement and precise low speed control when backing up to trailers, navigating rough terrain, or spraying a fence line
    • Effortless shifting, quiet operation: Effortless shifting between drive, park and reverse. The fully sealed design reduces operating noise for enhanced comfort.
    • Hill Assist: – Hill Assist prevents the vehicles from rolling backwards when letting off the accelerator and brakes when heading uphill, and engages the transmission to maintain better control while descending slopes.*
  • High-strength steel heavy-duty frame: Ranger XD 1500 has a high-strength steel one-piece chassis featuring 160% more torsional stiffness for a smoother ride and better cab sealing.
  • Industry-leading service intervals: Ranger XD 1500 offers long service intervals so customers can maximize their uptime.

Unmatched Comfort

Beyond its capability and durability, the Ranger XD 1500 prioritizes comfort across the entire lineup to keep customers going strong on the longest days.

  • Spacious interior: Equipped with the most spacious and premium cab available in utility side-by-sides, the XD 1500 offers increased leg and shoulder room, making it easy to enter and exit the vehicle. Adjustable seating and a telescopic steering wheel lets drivers find the perfect fit for height and riding preferences.
  • Premium seating: Contoured seating with added bolstering provides more rider comfort along with a center seat that flips down into an armrest with additional cup holders.
  • Available heated seats: For comfort on the coldest days, Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate is the first utility side-by-side that comes from the factory with heated seats.
  • Drive modes: Ranger XD 1500 comes with an intuitive and easy-to-use rotary drive mode selector that lets customers choose from four different drive modes, including:
    • Comfort mode limits throttle response and engine braking, reducing operating noise for quieter ride experience.
    • Standard mode delivers optimal throttle response and moderate engine braking for everyday driving scenarios.
    • Sport mode maximizes throttle response and eliminates engine braking for an exhilarating ride after the workday is done.
    • Tow/Haul mode maximizes engine torque and limits speed for heavy payloads.
  • Heating and air conditioning (HVAC): Riders can stay comfortable in harsh weather conditions in the Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Edition, featuring an all-new HVAC system and a fully-enclosed, next generation ProShield cab that’s been redesigned with improved sealing to prevent dust and water intrusion, while locking in the temperature from the climate-controlled cab.
  • Sun visors: All-new integrated sun visors provide improved visibility throughout the day for added confidence while driving.
  • RIDE COMMAND: Available 7-inch waterproof touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND technology featuring a back-up camera, GPS navigation regardless of cell service and AM/FM radio with Bluetooth streaming capability
  • RIDE COMMAND+: Customers can keep tabs on their vehicles directly from the Polaris App and access critical vehicle information like vehicle location, maintenance reminders and issue diagnostics right from the palms of their hands with the industry’s only connected-vehicle technology. Available from the factory on NorthStar Ultimate.


With over 70 new Polaris Engineered Accessory options designed specifically for the Ranger XD 1500, plus options from partners brands including JBL, Rhino Rack, Pro Armor, Kolpin and HD Parts, customers have more opportunity than ever before to make their vehicle fit their specific needs. 

  • Lock & Ride MAX: Polaris’ accessory attachment platform features customizable configurations and the ability to reconfigure on the fly with no tools required. This new accessory platform allows users to prepare for their day, their way. Customers can simply choose and place their accessory, lock it in place, and ride confidently knowing their gear is secure.
  • New JBL audio: Polaris partnered with JBL to create the highest performing audio system ever included in a Ranger from the factory. For customers wanting to turn it up a notch, the JBL Trail Pro 4200 audio upgrade adds rear speakers and two subwoofers for an immersive audio experience.
  • Glacier Pro HD Plow: New 84-inch plow designed for faster, more efficient plowing during the winter months.  A hydraulic plow lift and angle kit can be paired with an all-new plow controller to manage the largest plow Polaris has ever offered, all without ever leaving the comfort of the cab.

Ranger XD 1500 Models

2024 Ranger XD 1500 Premium

Starting at US $29,999/CAN $36,199

The Ranger XD 1500 Premium commands a large presence thanks to heavy-duty components and the industry’s largest bumper, providing complete front-end protection. The vehicle comes equipped with one of the most comprehensive standard packages in a side-by-side to date, including 29-inch tires, tilt steering and seat slider for customizable comfort, four drive modes, high-output LED headlights for enhanced visibility and USB ports with multiple charging capabilities. The vehicle also comes equipped with boosted brakes and heavy-duty suspension to ensure performance across a variety of off-road environments.

2024 Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Premium  

Starting at US $39,999/CAN $48,799

The Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Premium features a fully enclosed cab with HVAC temperature and five different mode controls, lockable full doors with power windows and a fixed front glass windshield. Additional features include an electronically controlled power tilt bed to dump heavy loads with ease, an overhead switch panel for easy accessorizing and an overhead rear work light to illuminate the cargo box in low-light conditions. NorthStar Premium comes stock with 30-inch Kenda CrossTrail tires and available 32-inch tires to overcome large obstacles and tough terrain.

2024 Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate

Starting at US $44,999/CAN $54,499

Rounding out the lineup is the Ranger XD 1500 NorthStar Ultimate, which features everything from the NorthStar Premium trim, plus the 7-inch infotainment display powered by RIDE COMMAND and heated seats. The NorthStar Ultimate trim also delivers an immersive sound experience, featuring full AM/FM radio with Bluetooth streaming capability and industry-exclusive JBL speakers for precise audio and premium sound. Finally, the vehicle comes standard with RIDE COMMAND+, allowing for vehicle health monitoring and more.

The 2024 RANGER XD 1500 lineup is expected to begin shipping to dealers in late summer. For more about the 2024 Ranger family, visit https://ranger.polaris.com/en-us/.

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