Italian manufacturer Argo has been in the process of updating the models in its McCormick tractor brand for a few years now. Last year it brought the most recent addition to its line, the X7 Series, to North America, and executives promised there was more to come. At the Agritechnica machinery expo in Hanover Germany in November, they made good on that promise by debuting the all-new and larger X8 Series.
Topping out at 310 engine horsepower, these tractors will be the most powerful models the brand offers when they start production in early 2017. And they won’t be shy on high-end features.
“The X8 is a new beast that we will launch in production at the end of next year, in the first quarter of 2017,” said Mirco Candiani, product manager for McCormick tractors at the company’s display at Agritechnica. “There will be three models starting at 264 horsepower and ending at 310.”
Under the hood the X8s will use Tier 4 Final-compliant, six-cylinder, 6.7-litre Fiat Powertrain (FPT) diesels with variable geometry turbochargers. All models will use a programmable four-range CVT transmission built by German transmission manufacturer ZF. McCormick calls it the “VT Drive”. Those transmissions will also be available with a 50 km/hr. option.
A front-mounted three-point hitch integrated into the chassis will be standard equipment, offering a five-tonne lift capacity. Rear hitch lift capacity hits 12 tonnes. A closed-centre hydraulic pump will provide a standard flow rate of 157 l/min. If that’s not enough, it can be upgraded to 212. The tractors can accommodate up to 10 SCV valves at the front, rear and mid-mount positions.
X8s offer three PTO speeds — 540 eco, 1,000 and 1,000 eco. To help avoid driveline damage when using mounted equipment, the tractors will automatically stop the PTO at pre-set three-point hitch lift heights. A front PTO is available, too.
The chassis will be able to accommodate some pretty large rear tire sizes, including a 900/60R42.
Also standard is a cab suspension, with an active dampening system, along with an electronically controlled hydraulic front axle suspension. Inside the cab operators will find a typical multi-function armrest and a 12-inch monitor. A forward instrument cluster will tilt along with the steering column.
The X8s carry on the new McCormick body styling. Up to 18 LED work lights can be incorporated into the hood, fenders and cab roof.